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Tyres for Touring

Mikaela

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Pilot Road 2

I have used Michelin Pilot Road 2 on my Blackbird, front and rear, and I didn?t like it.

Very sensitive to roadmarkings and a strange slippery feeling when cornering hard. On top of that they didn?t last very long, at least not any longer than the old Pilot Road but of course longer than the Metzler Z6.

My friend has got the PR2 on his BMW K1200s :eek: and he?s very satisfied with them and also got very good milage.
 

Artemis

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Oooooh a newbie!!!

Hello Mikaela and welcome.

Want a sweetie little boy/girl?
 

jono49

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avons

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I have used Michelin Pilot Road 2 on my Blackbird, front and rear, and I didn?t like it.

Very sensitive to roadmarkings and a strange slippery feeling when cornering hard. On top of that they didn?t last very long, at least not any longer than the old Pilot Road but of course longer than the Metzler Z6.

My friend has got the PR2 on his BMW K1200s :eek: and he?s very satisfied with them and also got very good milage.
:-0) I have now fitted avon storms A lot of people on here rated them, Also the price was good ?150 A pair!
 

VifferGuy

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I have Storms on mine and find they stick like anything but particularly when its wet or just damp....Found it gave me more confidence through the Austrian mountains than my mate who had 021's.......But.......have to say I only got 3500 miles out of them when my mate got over 6000 with the 021's...

Horses for courses and six of one

Ouch, I have storms on my VFR and they've covered 8000 miles so far, easily another 4000 in them. Obviously different bike, weight, riding style etc etc but 3500 sounds pretty poor to me.
 

wuz_uk

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The Storms are the best tyre I've ever had on the 'bird for our conditions. However, the NZ importer wanted me to try a Storm rear/Viper sport front combination and I got the Viper for free to evaluate for them. I've only done 500 km so far in hot dry conditions but it feels beautifully planted. Provided it sticks as well as the Storm in the wet and lasts as long as the rear tyre, then I may consider sticking with the Viper front.

Hi Geoff how are you finding the combo?? as i am thinking of the same myself any input would be great............ thanks :bow:
 

ramo

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storm/viper

wuz

I had this combo on my old vtec, as recommended by the the fitter, he said apparently some probs with some storm fronts. Anyway It was brill, I got 5000miles, storm rear (2200 miles viper rear)
7200 miles viper front and the viper front was still good.

steve
 

wuz_uk

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Yes got them fitted so will be trying them ............ the fitter says its quite a common combo and i should be happy with them, but i wouldnt expect him to say anything else :-0) i will let you know how i get on with them :yo:
 

jono49

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Update!

:eek::eek::eek::eek: Just turned 23,000 miles and the rear Storm is "fooked"!!!!!
Soooooo just under 3,000 miles that one lasted!
Just bought a new one let's hope this one lasts longer, But what should make The new one last is not hanging around with R1s and Blades on Sundays!!!???
 

Geoff James

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:eek::eek::eek::eek: Just turned 23,000 miles and the rear Storm is "fooked"!!!!!
Soooooo just under 3,000 miles that one lasted!
Just bought a new one let's hope this one lasts longer, But what should make The new one last is not hanging around with R1s and Blades on Sundays!!!???

You've got it in one:bow: I live on one of the great riding roads in the north island - a 300 km loop of twisties and sweepers with a pretty grippy surface. I only use the bike for "fun" riding now that I've retired and that's why I only get 7000-odd km out of mine!
 

jono49

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:-0) 7,000km sounds good Geoff until you convert it to miles!!
One thing I have noticed about the rear storm it has squared off slightly
But it doesn't have that vague feeling you get with some tyres when they square off!!
 
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Geoff James

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:-0) 7,000km sounds good Geoff until you convert it to miles!!
One thing I have noticed about the rear storm it has squared off slightly
But it doesn't have that vague feeling you get with some tyres when they square off!!

Mine has hardly squared off at all but again, that's probably a function of there being more twisties than straights where I live! Like many others, I've wondered about Roadsmarts and Angel ST's, but why change something that performs superbly? (The Storm rear, that is)

I'll write up my evaluation of the new Avon VP2 front in due course.

Geoff
 

Quietman

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I was running 021's before and loved them but just fitted the 023's and love them even more, smooth and have great corner grip for a touring tire. I'll see what the mileage is like when I'm back from Portugal in 3 weeks time.
 

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This was a post I put on about tyres a few weeks ago now.


OK so we have tried BT 020/021/023GT Avon Storm's & have liked them all, I have listed how I personally rated them below

BT020 Grip great in hot & cold weather good in the wet with no problems on overbanding, mileage about 3500/4000 from a rear but they did tend to square off after a bit 1 front would last 2 rears although the front would end up stepped by the end of your 2nd rear. All in all 7 out of 10 & would still put a set on the Bird.

BT021 Just as above but did find them squared off a bit sooner & about the same mileage 7out of 10

BT023 Rear only with a 021 on the front as the 020/021 better in the wet & still squared off but a bit later & would like to try a full set next time 8 out of 10

Avon Storm's Right from to first turn of the wheels you knew you had good rubber under you in the wet they are the best set of tyres I have had on the Bird the only down side for me was the mileage about 2500 but wow what a 2500 miles but just not cost effective ( it has been said the low mileage could be down to the surface of the roads in Scotland ) 8.5 out of 10

Today we have fitted a pair of Pirelli Angels & have to say they had the same efect as the Storm's wow what a difference they make to the bikes handling we have to wait for a ride in the wet to see how the cope but so far they feel great.

So how do I rate them now, Wet or Dry Hot & Cold Solo or with Pillion Fully Loaded or out for a Razz...Fookin awesome & they are the a mega step up from Avon ST & I can.t see me putting a lesser rubber hoops on my bike, if you have a chance to change you won't be sorry Pirelli Angels now the holder of 7 FIM world records speeks volume:bow::bow:
 

smallscottishbloke

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Just got Bridgestone's latest BT023's (GT) and did 1000+ miles round Scotland and must admit I'm impressed, great in the wet too, lots of good tires out there right now but you've gotta remember the Bird is a very powerful big heavy bike that demands the best rubber.
I'm happy with my choice so far.@tu*
SSB
 

rushwind

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had 021'son vfr and on bird, would look for something with a bit firmer middle for long touring tho, maybe mich
 

choppernorgate

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Im going for Bridgestones b23, had 21s at 21k now at 40k
i had to have a deablo put on the rear as it was all they had for the mot
4 months ago and it gone all ready:xm
so in the morning new 23s go on, let you know how they do;-0))
 
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