Highway tires for Vstrom

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

  1. Laconic

    Laconic Anodyne

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    What about ride quality considerations?

    Has anyone tried the Bridgestone T30's for strictly on-road V-Strom use?
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  2. Laconic

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    No? Well, I just got a set, so I'll report in after next month's road trip.
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  3. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    I ran two sets of the Bridgestone BT-023 sport-touring tires on my DL1000, and they're very nice. The turn in well, hold the road, and do a great job in the rain. The biggest issue for me is that the rears lasted less than 8K miles, while the fronts were hardly worn at all by then.
    I put on a set of the radial Shinko 705's about 2K ago, and (as on my old KLR) they're wearing like iron. The 705's are noisy, and feel a bit rough at low speed, but thus far they're every bit as good on the road as the Bridgestones were.
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  4. Laconic

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    I'd be well pleased to get 8000 miles out of a rear. :lol3 I just got about 5500 out of a Full Bore rear, while the front looks about like new. Not too bad for as cheap as they are and they ride better than the Shinkos, IMO.
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  5. Jud

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    You could probably get that out of the Full Bores, you will just have to modify your riding style.:D

    Seriously though, I have gotten as much as 9K miles out of a 705 on my DL650 but I was touring at the time. I ran super high rear pressures {45-50lbs} and I was very easy on the throttle and off throttle. I also rarely ran more than 80mph on that trip since my wife was on a Honda Ascot.

    My average life when used locally {commuting and playing} is more like your experience, sometimes worse,,,, in the 4000-4500 range. As they say, results will vary!:1drink

    I think the best tire combo for a DL650 that sees any dirt is a Conti TKC or Kenda Big Block front with a 705/Full Bore rear. Both tires wear at he same rate and can be swapped out at the same time, 4-6K miles on average.

    If the thing sees only street and you are not trying to be Rossi every weekend in the mountains, a 705 front and maybe a Mich. Commander II or if you have the balls,,, a car tire. Either option will result in 15-20K mile tire changes.

    If you have a DL and try be be Rosssi every weeked,,,,, well,,, dont!:wink::lol3
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  6. Laconic

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    To be fair, quite a bit of the 5500 was two up and towing a MotoMule. Anyone who knows me will tell you I'm no hotrodder. :gerg
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  7. Laconic

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    I put the T30's on yesterday. The front was no problem. The rear was challenging, only a little less so than mounting the rear Gold Wing Exedra. Maybe they should rename it Exedrin.

    I had the wheel clamped in the No Mar and at one point I was up on the tire with my knees to keep it down in the drop center while manipulating three tire irons at the same time.
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  8. Jud

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    While doing some darkside experimentation I learned a little trick that makes mounting some tires a lot easier. Use a ratchet strap around the tire and rime to force the second bead down into the valley of the rim. Then, even the hardest tire mounting become a easy task,,,,, even with small dirt bike sized iron. :1drink
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  9. Gyrene84

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    I ended up going with the Bridgestone Battlewings again. I got 10k out of the current set, and its in the shop today getting the new ones put on. Ended up with two nails in the rear on my way to work Wednesday.
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  10. MMcnamara

    MMcnamara Where does that go?

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    OK, can we derail this and hear more about the GSXR/SV wheel combo?
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    35 psi is just too low for your commute.
    Mates over here run those tyres at 40 psi and expect 15-16000km and get it.
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  12. LexLeroy

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    This one?
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    It now wears Pirelli Angel GTs. The Night Dragons might work fine on a 900 lb Harley but they were dangerous on the VStrom. No grip - none. They were bad in the dry and down right lethal in the wet.

    I'll try a set of Michelin Pilot Road 4's once I wear these out.
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  13. Pecha72

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    Michelin Pilot Road 4
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    This is a truly amazing wet weather tyre. And does very well in the dry, too. Haven't worn 'em out yet, but at least Michelin claim they'll outlast the PR3's.
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    I've wondered about the 17" combo on a Strom a few times. Does it not make the ground clearance even more of a problem? Even if you only go on-road (And I also run off-pavement some.)? Did you have to change anything else to keep from getting any handling or stability issues? I've always liked the idea myself...And I put PR4's on everything they'll fit; phenomenally good tire.
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  15. LexLeroy

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    Ground clearance is no problem, even w/ lowering the rear 3/4" to compensate for the 30mm drop in the front. As a matter of fact many folks recommend sliding the forks up 10mm in the clamps to compensate for the V Strom's crappy aerodynamics. By going to a 17" tire up front and lowering the rear I've accomplished the same thing. I never take the pig off-road anyway - I consider it to be a decent standard in dual-sport drag. If I want to go play in the dirt I ride my XR650L.
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