I think nearly any modern tire from a reputable manufacturer--except the OEM tires--is good.
I've had a few of the popular ST tires. BT023, Angel ST, Z8 Interact. I guess I'd be happy with any.
The BT023 is cheapest and IIRC least prone to squaring off. The Angel has a sporty profile. I think the Z8 is the best in the rain, but this isn't based on careful side-by side testing. Different days, conditions, and bikes.
Dunlop Roadsmart IIs are supposed to be very good, but after the OEM tires I wasn't eager for another Dunlop.
I'm riding Metzler Roadtec Z8 Interact's front and rear. It's a compromise, I love the Metzler M5 Sportec Interacts cause they stick like a repo man, but they grind down in a hurry, so $/mile is muy expensivo.
It's a little too early for me to fully commit, but if the Z8's continue to hold up, then yes. There are a lot of good tires out there, people like the Michies and Pirellis too. I think my OEM Dunlaps were old - the date codes made no sense and they were hard and slippery, making for a treacherous ride.
They're squared off some at 3400 mostly freeway miles. I'll see how long they last me. If I don't get double that mileage, the rear could be replaced with a BT023 to save money. I'd rather use a single compound tire though if it will work for the riding I do.
I have over 9000 miles on my stock tires. (2011 V) The rear is pretty squared off and has been for a while. However, I have had no issues with my stock tires. I ride rain or shine and have had no issues in light or heavy rain. I maintain speed, and have no lack of confidence in the tires. I am not down to the wear marks yet but will be replacing both front and rear tires soon. I would not take my current tires in current condition to the track but for everyday commuting I have no issues with them.
I would recommend Micheline Road Pilot 3's for the best combination of grip and long life on pavement. Dual rubber compound tires like the Michelins usually wear better too. Currently the Pirelli Scorpion Trail is the only DS tire made to fit the Versys. I've just installed the Pirellis, they seem to have improved grip on the dirt without much sacrifice in pavement performance. Too early to comment on how they will wear.
As for brake pads metallic/sintered offer the best performance. For example EBC's "HH" rated pads.
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