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Frustrated Tire Shopper

Equipment - ADVrider - advrider.com
Every time I go to purchase a new set of tires for a bike, I scour the web in vain trying to find some honest opinions about grip, mileage, overall user experience, and how the grip "ages" as the miles add up. What I find most is dealer propaganda, people that love or hate the tire irrationally, and motorcycle magazines that read the dealer propaganda, spend a day on brand new tires and proceed to write a glowing review.

Well shit. I guess I'll at least try to write down my experiences with tires so maybe someone else can benefit. Below is a bit a out me and my bikes. I'll enter new posts to talk about each tire I've ridden or are currently riding.

Me: I'm 40+ and about 135 lbs. My low weight means I generally get 8,000 to 12,000 miles out of tires even when I ride them hard. I go two up with the wife when I get the chance. She's all of 110 lbs so we are still pretty gentle on tires but they will square off much quicker with both of us on the bike. Recently relocated from Indiana to El Paso TX. I'm excited by the mountain roads in southern New Mexico!

The Test Mules:

Primary bike is a 2016 BMW R1200RS I prefer grippy tires over high mileage tires because I still like to pretend I'm Valentino Rossi on occasion.

Track Bike is a 2010 BMW S1000RR. I've not found any good tracks out here so it may be a while before I can write much about track tires. Depending on the track I will ride expert on tracks I know and intermediate on tracks I'm still learning. I've raced a couple times but I'm not really that fast (yet).

Previous Favorites were Pirelli Superbike Pro Slicks. I liked the Gen 1 slicks better than the dual compound Gen 2 slicks. I put on Dunlop Q3's last year but I was promptly sent overseas and didn't have a chance to abuse them. I rode Pirelli DRCs (Diablo Rosso Corsa) for a bit and found they got greasy too quickly for me. I expect the Dunlops will do the same thing and I will be back on slicks again soon.

Some tires I've ridden in the last few years and could probably write something intelligent about. You will notice I have an affinity for Pirelli tires. I'm used to them and like how predictable they are when you exceed the limit. Metzler's are made in the same factory and perform very well also.

Metzler Z8

Pirelli Superbike Pro Gen 1

Pirelli Superbike Pro Gen 2

Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa

Metzler Z6

Before these it gets real foggy...

Next Up:

Dunlop Q3 - Too cheap to pass up and great reviews on the track.

Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2 - Just in case I want to see what's down that gravel road.
Date: Jun 19, 2017   


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