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Old October 1st, 2010   #101
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im on my second set of conti road attacks. good handling tire. got 12500 on my first set. have about 6000 on my second set so far and the wear is good.
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Old October 1st, 2010   #102
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What is the opinion of those who've tried the Dunlop D220? I had to buy a tire while on my SS1000 ride, and that's all they had. I'm thinking of replacing the back with a D220......
The D220's were OEM on my 2007 and I was happy when I picked up a nail in the rear at 8,000 miles so I had an excuse to change them out. They were very noisy tires and the front tire cupped very badly which caused the front end to shake at slower speeds. I wouldn't recomend them.
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Old October 1st, 2010   #103
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im on my second set of conti road attacks. good handling tire. got 12500 on my first set. have about 6000 on my second set so far and the wear is good.
Jerry, as a metric for those of us familiar w/ other tires, what else have you used and what comparisons can you make regarding performance, mileage, etc? Thanks
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Old October 2nd, 2010   #104
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No first hand experience as I have always read less encouraging reports so I haven't tried them. I believe they came as OEM at some point for a short period, and were not very popular with those who got them.
They were the stock tire on the 2009 ST, I believe. While my wife and I were in Reno last August, we stopped at the Honda dealer, and he had an '09 and '10 sitting on the floor. The '09 had Dunlop D220's on it. I asked about them because I knew they were stock for at least one year.
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Old October 2nd, 2010   #105
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The Dunlop D220 and Bridgestone 020 have been the OEM tire in the U.S. since the 1300's release.
Some had D220's some had 020's.

My 03 came with D220's.
The front cupped badly regardless of air pressure.
I traced this down to extreemly over torqued steering stem bearings. Never cupped a front tire again regardless of brand once that was corrected.
The rear went to the cords at an alarming rate. In under 900 miles on a wet cold road It went from plenty of tire in Dallas to dangerously worn in Alpine. 250 miles later it was in the cords. 6,800 miles total.
I've only run one other set of 220's since. Front did not cup but around 7k started to feel unconnected to the road. Rear was at the wear bars.

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Old October 4th, 2010   #106
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I got 8400 miles from my OEM D220's. They a bit had unusual wear, but nothing extraordinary. They were very noisy as tires go, even made the front fender howl.
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Old November 5th, 2010   #107
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Looks like someone had a problem with Avons over on the ST-Owners forum:
Hey guys -

Well, SS1K number 21 went really, really well but number 22.....

About half way into my 22nd SS1K of the year my rear tire delaminated
(I was going about 70 mph) and the ST is totaled. Fortunately, I'm
walking (limping actually) away with fairly minor injuries, all things
considered. It was a new tire with only 2000 miles on it.

More info is at the ST forum:
http://www.st-owners.com/forums/showthread.php?t=93509


If you could share the news with LD folks who might be interested. If
I can manage to scare up another bike before the end of the month, I'm
hoping to finish my quest - after all, I've only 3 left to do.....

Hope y'all had a better November 2nd, than I did!


raven


I have to wonder if "Raven's" stated speed of 70 mph was accurate, what her tire pressure was, and how much of a load she had on the bike.

Has anyone else had an Avon Storm Ultra II delaminate and, if so, what speed were you going and how much pressure did you have in the tire?

Also, how much had you packed onto your bike?

I've heard of delaminations with this tire on the ST1300 but, it was always at speeds above 100 mph.

Avon says that their Storm Ultra II's are no longer rated for the ST1300 even though their model designation for them matches what is supposed to fit on the ST1300. Also, it's a Z rated tire but, from what I hear, the other delaminations occurred at triple digit speeds on ST1300's. Hence Avon's action of pulling them for the ST1300.
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Old November 5th, 2010   #108
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Am I the only one that has stuck with the OEM BS 020F? I am on my ninth set so I guess I like them. Handle and stick great no wobble or wierd wear and I get about 5,500 on rear and change the front with it. All my riding is back road (old man) sport riding and very few boring roads. I think they have saved my butt more than once.

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Old November 5th, 2010   #109
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I replaced the stock tyres with Michelins. Performance and Mileage fine, just like the BS 020. But the noise coming from them was hell. SOOOO glad I could change them when they finally wore out. Will stick with Stock from now on !
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Just a follow up on the BT023's. This tire continues to wear evenly and long with 12k on the front and 9k on the rear. This last weekend we had a few hundred miles twisty wet roads and the grip was still spot on! They have about 20% of the original tread left. I keep the air pressure at 40psi front and 42psi rear, checking at least weekly. A set continues to be about $225 delivered and I'm keeping a set on hand.
The only issue I've had is that this tire seems to lose pressure while sitting. I generally need to add 3-4 lbs if the bike has set for a week. It just may be time to change out the valve stems.
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