Sport-Touring Tire Thoughts

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  1. dukebound85 macrumors P6

    dukebound85

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    Any motorcycle people have opinions on Sport Touring Tires?

    My bike currently has Dunlop D220 and are at wear bars with 53xx miles on rear. The front has alot of life left

    I want some that have longer tread life and have looked at

    1) Conti Road Attacks
    2) Dunlop Road Smarts
    3) Bridgestone BT-021

    Anyone have any experience with these?
     
  2. 748s macrumors 6502a

    748s

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    At the moment Bridgestone and Pirelli are doing a lot more R & D due to their involvement in MotoGP & WSBK.
    They need their tyres to have long life and be soft to stick to the road.

    Long life of a tyre has not been a priority for me.
    I've been using Michelin pilot power, get approx 6000KM (4000miles).
    I change the front at the same time.
    The front has another 2000/3000KM left but I like the 'balance' of 2 new tyres.
    Next set, I'm getting a softer sport tyre on the front, so wear will be similar to the rear.

    You never really know about a tyre until you use them.
    I'm trying Bridgestone next.
     
  3. adroit macrumors 6502

    adroit

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    Don't know much about those tires since I usually go for stickier tires. But a good sport-touring tires to add to your list would be Pilot Road 2CT. One of my bikes came with it and after 13000kms of hard riding in mostly twisties and a track day it is still have a bit of life left especially in the center (the sides are pretty worn). They really don't like tar snakes though.

    Edit: If you're changing to a different type of tire make sure you change both front and rear tires at the same time. Different tires have different profiles and it could negatively affect your handling.
     
  4. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

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    Buy Michelin Pilot Road 2cts, they last forever and really do have quite a bit of grip - some track guys run them as their rain tires. This coming from someone that swears by the Bridgestone BT016.
     
  5. 748s macrumors 6502a

    748s

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    13000km.
    That's amazing.
    I want to try the bridgestone (016), but the 2ct appear to last...maybe after the bridgestone.

    Even a half worn front may not go well with a new rear of the same style.
    I
     
  6. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

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    13000km is like 8k miles? That's not bad, I've heard up to 10-12k out of the Road 2ct. I got 4000mi and 2 full track days (morning and afternoon) out of a rear BT016 on a 600 - I'm an aggressive rider in a hot climate - sides were worn down before the center. They are a great tire but they flatspot very quickly if you do a lot of highway riding. What kind of bike do you have?
     
  7. dukebound85 thread starter macrumors P6

    dukebound85

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    Ordered a new rear

    the BT-021

    can't wait to put it on

    i held off on the front for the time being
     

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