Highway tires for Vstrom

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Gyrene84, May 23, 2014.

  1. Gyrene84

    Gyrene84 Adventurer

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    I apologize in advance for yet another tire thread.

    I am looking for the longest lasting tire for Highway usage. My commute is 65 miles each way, so 650 miles a week, all freeway. My last set of Battlewings just lasted me almost 9k on the rear, with the pressure set at 35psi, but they are rather flat in the middle with lots of meat still left on the sides. I'm not opposed to darkside, but have no clue of the cost at getting the setup.

    Thanks in advance.
    Semper Fi
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  2. Trailryder42

    Trailryder42 Long timer

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    Check out the Michelin Anakee 2.
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  3. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Chief Mansplainer

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    I was dealing with a similar issue until I went totally wacko and grafted in an SV1000 rear wheel and a GSXR600 front wheel on to my DL1000 so that I could mount up some cruiser rubber. Like, how many cruiser riders do you know who lean their bikes more than 10 degrees off of vertical except when they're on their side stands? :lol3

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    Kind of extreme but my riding buddies are "freeway fliers," two of them with new Harleys, and I was getting pissed about chewing the centers out of dual sport tires. These tires are Pirelli Night Dragons, the rear having an 81H load rating. The Devil made me do it....
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  4. devo2002

    devo2002 -Devo

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    Shinko's 705s last just about forever, great bang for your buck, there is a thread around here about them. Some have horror stories of the tread peeling off, but I believe that issue has been resolved, not entirely sure.

    As for having meat on the side but flat in the middle, that will happen with any tire that sees 650 miles of slab a week.
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  5. quickstop

    quickstop Been here awhile

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    Michelin pilot road 3's have worked the best so far for me. better in the twisties than my previous bridgestones and longer lasting on the freways and they are a dual compound tire, harder in the center and softer out at the sides. They have just come out with a pilot road 4 but I have no info on that.
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  6. Jake Mountain

    Jake Mountain Been here awhile

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    Michelin Pilot Road 4's are also really good
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  7. TeepS

    TeepS Full Circle Rider

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    Shinko Raven 009's went a little over 9k miles on my Buell Ulysses.
    All other tires tried went a little over 5k miles.
    Except Conti Motion Pro which only went a little over 3k miles.
    Riding style and conditions remain consistent over the course of 33k miles on the bike.

    The 009s should last well over 10k on your "V."

    This is the what the Shinko looked like at 9k miles.
    Wear bars showing on side tread.

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  8. Tnbrit

    Tnbrit Been here awhile

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    Hi,LexLeroy.I'd like to know more about your Wheel/Tyre set-up,do you mind if i send you a pm,don't want to divert the thread.
    Cheers,Graham.

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  9. Pecha72

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    and you have actually worn a set of PR4's now? I ask, because I've got PR3's on my DL650, need to renew soon, and thinking should I stick with the 3's (that I really like), or go with the newer option?
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  10. LexLeroy

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    PM sent.
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  11. BikeMan

    BikeMan smoke, drink, screw, ride

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    Michelin Pilot Road 3's. 25k front, 11.5k rear. work ok for me.
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  12. surlywill

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    You might want to look at the Shinko 712. Some have used them on the vstrom site and have gotten great results. By using 100/90-19 front and stock size rear these cruiser style tires are getting up to 15k miles. They are cheap also.....
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  13. Transpomgr

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    I have a 712 on the front and 741 on the back. The front wanders a bit on grooved concrete, but both feel planted in corners. I think the wandering is due to the big groove in the middle, as I've felt this with other brands built like this. I can't speak for longevity, as I only have about 1k on them but the price was definitely right!
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  14. dman

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    I'm pushing near 20K miles on my front Shinko 705 and it just won't wear out. It's scalloped and howls like a 4x4 truck with Super Swampers. My rears last about 10K. Really decent tires and cheap too.

    -dman
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  15. haggis mctavish

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    metzler me 880s

    I run these on my Suzuki c50 and get 20000 ks easily from the rear

    Irun them on my Suzuki vl1500 sidecar outfit get 12000 ks

    they grip well in the wet which is a big plus

    I don't flog my bikes so these figures might be optimistic if you are an aggressive rider

    my 2 cents worth
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  16. Jud

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    Shinko 705 or Full Bore M40 front, Darkside rear.:eek1:evil:D



    A good 20K mile combo if not beat on.:1drink
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  17. Jud

    Jud Long timer

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    Your experience is pretty consistent with my 009 experience. On my FJR they average around 7K miles. Hard play, they are done around 4-4.5K. Touring duty sees around 9K if pumped up hard as a rock. Durable too, a 009 survived Baja on my FJR and returned around 8-9K miles.:1drink

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  18. emti

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    I agree with dman, Ive had good luck with the 705s and but hte downside may be I feel they vibrate more that the stock tires did. emti
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  19. Gyrene84

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    Thanks for the input everyone. Like I said, it will be all freeway miles, I have maybe three more weeks left on my current tires, so I will make sure to compare all of your suggestions. Also I'm definitely going to a 16t front sprocket.
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  20. Wandering Dane

    Wandering Dane We are the luckiest guys

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    You may consider raising your tire pressures a bit. I ran 36 in front / 42 PSIG in the rear on my Wee and got more than 10K miles on Anakee 2 tires.
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