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Old 08-14-2010, 07:10 PM   #841
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Well, my XR is out of action and until I can get that fixed, or get something else, the VFR is up for it.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:52 AM   #842
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After a couple of years of wanting a vfr, I picked up a 2002 yesterday.

Pretty happy with it so far, but I've only ridden it 110 miles up the freeway. (the PO had only ridden it 310 miles in the 2 years he owned it!)

Anyways - it needs new shoes. Pretty badly.

Anyone have anything good or bad to say about the dunlop roadsmarts? They are on sale and I'm on a budget.

Thanks.
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:30 AM   #843
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After a couple of years of wanting a vfr, I picked up a 2002 yesterday.

Pretty happy with it so far, but I've only ridden it 110 miles up the freeway. (the PO had only ridden it 310 miles in the 2 years he owned it!)

Anyways - it needs new shoes. Pretty badly.

Anyone have anything good or bad to say about the dunlop roadsmarts? They are on sale and I'm on a budget.

Thanks.
I have them on my 98. Overall there not bad, but my front tire has developed an odd problem. The center tread compound is raised about a 1/4 of an inch. It doesn't affect the handling, but it's very odd. I'm going to switch to Michilens and see how those are.
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:55 AM   #844
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I have them on my 98. Overall there not bad, but my front tire has developed an odd problem. The center tread compound is raised about a 1/4 of an inch. It doesn't affect the handling, but it's very odd. I'm going to switch to Michilens and see how those are.
Are they a dual-compound tire?

How many miles did you get out of them?
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:07 AM   #845
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Are they a dual-compound tire?

How many miles did you get out of them?
There supposed to have a harder center compund than the outer edges. I have about 8k on the front, I had to repalce the back one about 1500 miles ago due to a nail puncture. The front still has a lot of life in it. I'll see if I can get a picture of the wear
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:26 AM   #846
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After a couple of years of wanting a vfr, I picked up a 2002 yesterday.

Pretty happy with it so far, but I've only ridden it 110 miles up the freeway. (the PO had only ridden it 310 miles in the 2 years he owned it!)

Anyways - it needs new shoes. Pretty badly.

Anyone have anything good or bad to say about the dunlop roadsmarts? They are on sale and I'm on a budget.

Thanks.
Roadsmarts are fine (friends of mine run them on their VFRs), but I have never found them among the more inexpensive choices. What constitutes a sale price in your neck of the woods and are we talking dealer or delivery?

An inexpensive tire that worked very well on my '96 VFR is the Shinko Raven (009). Good grip for the road, great life out of the front (12k on my last on), so-so mileage from the rears (5-5.5k, which to me is low for sport touring rubber, I'm trying a BT023 on the rear now).

Chaparral carries the Shinkos for about $150 a set.
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:22 AM   #847
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There supposed to have a harder center compund than the outer edges. I have about 8k on the front, I had to repalce the back one about 1500 miles ago due to a nail puncture. The front still has a lot of life in it. I'll see if I can get a picture of the wear
Roadsmarts are dual compound on the rear only. Front tyre is single compound. Odd wear reported by Estrada42 is caused by a combination of too many straight line miles & the fact that a front tyre is under the most stress under brakes. When the stoppers are applied, the bikes weight is transferred forward onto the front tyre and this flattens the contact patch. The point of greatest stress & wear is either side of the centre line of the tyre, half way between the centre line & the outside of the tyre. The normal wear pattern for a bikes tyres is for the rear to square off & the front to go pointy. If you replace both tyres when the rear is worn out then the trend for the front to wear pointy is not an issue.... hang on to the front for too long ( 8 K is waaay too long) however
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Old 08-17-2010, 06:59 AM   #848
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I'm cheap. I run tires until the bike handles like crap.

Lucky me - I found a cheaper set of tires.

A set of take-offs from when I used to race. I gave them away earlier this year, but they never got mounted.

Free is a very good price.

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Old 08-17-2010, 10:34 AM   #849
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I put a Pilot Road 2 on the back and a Pilot Power 2 on the front of mine..

They stick a lot better than the 5 year old Dunlop 202's that were on it when I bought it, even though they only had 500 miles on them..
I think they quit making the 202's 6 years ago..
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:11 PM   #850
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Just a data point

Almost 5K miles on my rear PR2 on my VFR750 and it looks about halfway worn. Still has a nice round profile. My riding is an even mix of twisties and straight/slab/city. I fully expect to reach at least 7K miles on it.
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:28 PM   #851
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I put a Pilot Road 2 on the back and a Pilot Power 2 on the front of mine.. ..
How's the turn in? quicker? I have this combo on my S4R and replaced the rear on the VFR with the PR2. The front is due when money is avail, and that's my top choice.
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Old 08-17-2010, 06:47 PM   #852
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How's the turn in? quicker? I have this combo on my S4R and replaced the rear on the VFR with the PR2. The front is due when money is avail, and that's my top choice.
It's amazingly neutral. Both in corners and straight line.. Doesn't fall into corners, and doesn't try to stand up..
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:36 PM   #853
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I tried hat on my VFR, and hated it. I was not impressed with the PRs. I could feel it wiggling around too much, and it had a tendency to spin when grabbing any throttle leaned over. Running Powers, and really like hem, little slippery in teh winter, when cold, but great tires.


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I put a Pilot Road 2 on the back and a Pilot Power 2 on the front of mine..

They stick a lot better than the 5 year old Dunlop 202's that were on it when I bought it, even though they only had 500 miles on them..
I think they quit making the 202's 6 years ago..
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Old 08-19-2010, 05:44 AM   #854
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I tried hat on my VFR, and hated it. I was not impressed with the PRs. I could feel it wiggling around too much, and it had a tendency to spin when grabbing any throttle leaned over. Running Powers, and really like hem, little slippery in teh winter, when cold, but great tires.
I noticed a little slipping when leaned over but nothing to make me give up the mileage to put PP2's on. 3500 decent miles on a set of tires doesn't cut it (granted my Monster is more power, but less weight).
And you/re talking the dual compound PIlot Roads, right?
I used to be a no compromise, damn the wear type. But putting shoes on 3 bikes every year (and maybe a truck or trailer or two) really takes the piss out of ya after awhile
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:45 AM   #855
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I believe they were teh first of teh OPRs with the dual compound, which I understand they have changed already. 3500 miles is good, I usually only get about 2000, if I'm lucky. Fortunately I don't ride it as often as I used to. I get about 7000 out of a set of tires on the VStrom. Hate the Tourances, for the same reasons, really liked the Anakees. Know the feeling about tires, I am getting ready to put them on my carr and truck, 925.00 for the car, and 1100.00 for the truck.
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