Sport touring Tire recommendation?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by gentlemanjim, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. gentlemanjim

    gentlemanjim Been here awhile

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    I needing to buy some new treads and would like to hear recommedations for long lasting high mileage sport touring Radials. Most of my riding will be on the slab so finding tires that hold up well in the center is my goal.

    I'm considering - They all make claims, would rather here from those that have them and leanr which work best.

    Bridgestone Battle Axe 023
    Pirelli Angel ST
    Dunlop Roadsmart ST
    Michelin Pilot Road, Pilot Road 2
    Avon V45
    Continental Conti Motion, Conti Force

    Your input is greatly appreciated
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  2. wrecked'em

    wrecked'em satisfied enzyte user

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    Pilot road 3. Love mine. Feel better and great in the rain
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  3. gentlemanjim

    gentlemanjim Been here awhile

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    How many miles on them and how are they wearing?
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  4. wrecked'em

    wrecked'em satisfied enzyte user

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    Maybe a 1000 miles
    Great.. I belive they are still called pr2's with a 3. You can tell my the new tread design
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  5. omnivore

    omnivore SuperSportTourer

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    The only COnti that shoudl be on that list is the Road Attack. The Motion and Force you mention pale in comparison.

    I have run Pilot Road2's, COnti Road Attacks, and 023's...I like the 023's the best in the rain, on the freeway, in the cooler weather, and for it's wear resistance, and for it's stability when towing my single wheeled trailer.
    I like the Road Attack best for the twisties and appearance (face it-it's the best looking tire available), but it wasn't confidence inspiring on crappy asphalt or wet roads.

    PR2 was great in rain, and wore well, but cupped and scalloped badly causing weird vibrations, even before 5000 miles.
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  6. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    Haven't tried the new BT023 but have used a few sets of the BT021 on various bikes and found tread life and traction excellent. My bikes are a fair bit lighter than your new sled though.
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  7. Milar

    Milar Life is an adventure.

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  8. forrestlaw

    forrestlaw Been here awhile

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    Went through the exact same list of tires a few months ago. Ended up with the RoadSmarts b/c they were cheapest. Have been very satisfied and would buy them again.
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  9. Phineas

    Phineas Joe Lunchbox

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    Used to love Metzler Z6 but I'm fickle and now think the Pilot Road 2s are the bomb. I got an easy 11K out of the first set on my VFR and I change my tires before they're totally shreded. Most of the mileage was communting on SoCal Freeways but they're very confidence inspiring when leaned over. I've put a set on my '98 Triumph. I can't say how long they'll last on the heavier bike but the feel is light years better than the Z6's they replaced. Try'em (it's only a set of tires).
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  10. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    I didn't care for the RoadSmart on my LeMans.

    I'd go with the Pirelli.
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  11. Schickmeister

    Schickmeister Youngin'

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    Pilot Road 3s going on my Versys in a week
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  12. ride2little

    ride2little MoveAlongNothingHere

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    Back when I had my Duc ST4s, I used to run the Conti Raad Attacks. Those were a fine tire. Got about 6K out of them, and the stuck like glue. Good in the rain too.
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  13. 10/10ths

    10/10ths Road Trip Fool

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    What bike?
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  14. Commuter Boy

    Commuter Boy Long timer

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    Roadsmarts are wearing well on my baby Bandit 650. Sticky enough in the dry for trackdays and holding up well in the wet. Too early to verify any mileage claims yet, but no surprises so far.
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  15. dickensheets

    dickensheets smprparatus

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    I like the Road Smarts. I can scrape hard parts and got 12,000 miles on my last rear. The front wears out first on my bike. Not sure why???

    2007 SV650s

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  16. Sport

    Sport Been here awhile

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    I've gotten over 8,000 on rear PR2s on my Hayabusa and have already bought the PR3 for my tour in July. The fronts last more than 10,000. I'll know more about the 3 after I get back from Montana.
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  17. kirb

    kirb should be out riding

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    Roadsmarts on the fjr...like the extended wear..I still get 2 rears to1 front with about 7-8k on the rear...heavy bike touring 2 up with gear.
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  18. skwidd

    skwidd where does this lead?

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  19. Snapper

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    Hmmmmm, I've only gotten 2.1k and 4.0k from a Metz. Z6; and 2.9k and 4.7k from a Mich. PR2, but that's what's ya get from keeping it in the twisties all the time :evil.
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  20. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    :huh

    I've noticed this too. I really love my PR2s but I have about 8K on them now and the scalloping is quite bad. I get a loud humming noise and some new vibrations while leaned over. Riding a set of twisties without speeding up or slowing down but just maintaining a constant pace seems to have smoothed out the rear tire somewhat. However, my riding style most be conducive to scalloping tires or something because the same thing happens on my Ninja 250 when the tires are nearly worn out.

    Also, the front PR2 on my VFR appears to be wearing slightly faster than the rear.
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