What tires have your used? Ready for another.

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  1. bravastar1

    bravastar1 New Member

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    I need another set of tires and thought I would see you you have used in the past and what you have on your VFR now. I have gone through the original Dunlop junk tires and now have a set of worn out Michelin PR4's on my bike. I have had great luck with the PR4's but wonder if there is a better Sport Tour tires out there for the twisties. I am really curious about the Metzler. Would love to see your comments.
     
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    This guy has a decent comparison of possible sport tourer tire, going through strengh and weakness of each :
    https://fortnine.ca/en/best-sport-touring-motorcycle-tires/

    I am almost due for a new set of tires, and will probably go for a set of Angel GT (unless I find a good deal with another brand). I've had them before on my old bike and was pleased with them.
     
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    Loved the T30 EVOs on my 6th gen (one of the few things I liked about it.)

    I look forward to fitting them on my 8th as soon as these Dunflops are done.
     
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    May I ask how many miles the "sport riders" are getting out of the stock Dunlop's? I'm only approaching 2k on mine


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    I expect to swap tires before 4000mi based on wear reports.
     
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    I've got Metzeler Roadtec 01's on my 5G, and T30 Evos on my VTR. The Roadtec's are a softer riding, more neutral feeling tyre, and have never lost traction on any surface including wet. The T30's feel like a sportier tyre, firmer, faster steering, and needed more break-in than the Metzelers. It's too soon to give you mileage numbers, but I usually got 8000km on the Metzeler predecessors (Z8) and the 01's are meant to be longer-lasting than that.
     
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    Just replaced the original dunlops, 12,000km, must say I found nothing wrong with the original tyres, I replaced them with the current Dunlop equivalents and am happy with them too.
     
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    Second set of T30 evos on mine love them. Feel way better than the michelins
     
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    T30 Evo were really good, so are the Metzeler Roadtec01 I have now. They cost more though and they aren't way better than the Bridgestones. I find both of these better than the PR4s I had before them, especially in the wet which was a surprise to me. I'm thinking of trying the new Avon Spirit ST when the Metzelers have had it.
     
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    The thing that really confused me was the use of RP2-3 or PR 3 or 4's. I am old so per the group I thought that I was buying a suggested tire. Michelin vs. Dunlop using the 2 acronyms. I would have found it better if we used the full name of the manufacture, model and specific label like EVO. It is the same as in the restaurant biz listing wines so no confusion occurs. Producer, varietal, proprietary name if so and vintage to avoid confusion. I'm just getting pissy because I thought that I was buying what the list suggested as a replacement to the OEM and I should have gone Michelin and went back to Dunlop that I have always had cupping issues in the past.
     
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    YUP, it can all get a bit confusing when replacing tyres, especially if you have never tried another brand ,or different type of your preferred brand. Suppose if you've not been biking long then the shortened names don't help much either.

    Have you got your suspension set up properly? esp the rebound.

    Cupping Dunlop site --there are steps that can be taken to minimize cupping and uneven wear on a motorcycle: Maintain your motorcycle and particularly your front and suspension. Avoid hard braking whenever possible. Braking causes the tire to grab and wear in one direction. When braking is applied to the front tire, the load transfer over-flexes the tire and increases the tendency for cupping and uneven wear. Maintain your tire pressures. Under inflation and overloading of motorcycle tires are significant causes of cupping and uneven wear, particularly in association with hard braking.


    http://www.onthethrottle.com/howto/dave-moss-unsprung-tire-wear/
     
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    Every cupped tire I saw was sitting at 20psi or less. Some people don't check their pressure, ever.
     
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    Thanks thtanner. Just put some good miles on up in the litchfield mountains today! My bud has Michelin pilot pro on his cbr600. There're pretty sticky and he likes them


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    I really liked the grip of the Continental Road attacks, but the tires would wear funny on the front for me so I stopped using them. Mostly now I just get the standard Perrelli Diablo sport tires and I get about 3000 miles give or take on those.
     
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    The ones from the Llantas Usada shop were less than great. :rolleyes:
     
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    Tanner are you going for straight T30 Evos of the T30 Evo Gt?
     
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    Standard T30 Evos

    Reason being the GTs are for the heavier ST bikes, 600lb+
     
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    A.M just posted this deal! And for the price I don't care if I only get 5000-8,000 miles if I can get them. I printed off this image and I am taking this to my local Cycle Gear dealer and hope to get this set.


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    Excellent advice Mr. Fink! The only reason I'm asking about tires for the vfr isn't because I'm dissatisfied with the stock tires, but more for the added assurance of a stickier to make up for my inexperience. I find myself entering a curve at a controllable high speed and staying on line until just after the apex, then quickly drifting wide as if the tires are slipping. My only solution is to hold tight with my sphincter and bank the bike beyond my comfort level in order to avoid the guardrail. I'm at 2300 miles on my first bike and I'd like to bring it to a track to test my limits.


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