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Old July 18th, 2014   #31
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My own opinion about tyres is they are all great to start with, I have never put a set on that didn't immediately improve handling and it's a couple of thousand miles after, you get more of an idea, but for me my memory just isn't good enough to compare by then.
My own experience is I will never buy another set of Avons after they cupped so badly after 3K miles it felt like the wheel was buckled, and the other totally personal thing is if they were cheap, like Maxxis, then they are probably hard and make me feel unhappy, for me riding is all about feeling happy.
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Old July 18th, 2014   #33
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I think the impressions one takes from a particular brand / model of tires on one bike cannot be directly compared to the impressions of the same bran/model of tires on a different brand/model of motorcycle. Up to now I thought GRN's impressions were from an ST1300. This may explain my differing opinion of the PR4s as we were talking about two quite different bikes.
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Previous 2 sets were PR3's, got 8500 miles from both before replacing due to heavy scalloping.
I've had scalloping on Michelin PR2 and 3 on both my ST13 and Hayabusa, I'm not going to try PR4's. I have had good service from Dunlop RoadSmart II's.
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Old July 21st, 2014   #35
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I think the impressions one takes from a particular brand / model of tires on one bike cannot be directly compared to the impressions of the same bran/model of tires on a different brand/model of motorcycle. Up to now I thought GRN's impressions were from an ST1300. This may explain my differing opinion of the PR4s as we were talking about two quite different bikes.
Fair enough... mine is lighter, has significantly stronger mid range torque, different geometry and a 17" front. Except for the noticeable weight difference, the handling dynamics are fairly similar, though the GSX when flopped down quick never gives me feedback that I'm starting to push the front wheel the way the ST13 did. I can't say re: ST11, I did put 100K on mine, but I never rode it as hard as I have most every bike since (training).
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I've had scalloping on Michelin PR2 and 3 on both my ST13 and Hayabusa, I'm not going to try PR4's. I have had good service from Dunlop RoadSmart II's.
One set I pitched at 8500 miles still had decent tread, but the scalloping was so severe that I could feel loss or rear patch integrity - it started drifting a lot earlier and a bit erratically well before I was really pushing it near its normal limits.

I put the 4's on the GSX because they were cheaper than the 3's, the bike is for sale (hey Mick, did you hear that?), and most of my riding at the moment is pretty tame commuting or 2-300 mile runs in the hills with the kiddo on pillion. I doubt I'll try them on the RT... so far the Road Attacks have performed pretty well, and I may have to give Pirelli another try.
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I put the 4's on the GSX because they were cheaper than the 3's, the bike is for sale (hey Mick, did you hear that?),
Yeah, I hear it Greg, believe me, but I'd have to trade my cranky old body in for a younger model if I were ever going to get another Bandit.
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I've had scalloping on Michelin PR2 and 3 on both my ST13 and Hayabusa, I'm not going to try PR4's. I have had good service from Dunlop RoadSmart II's.
http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/402/16...re-Review.aspx

http://www.pirelli.com/tyre/ww/en/ne...-touring-tyre/
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