Which tire?

Fast-boy tyres (as Nick likes to call them) or sensible sports tourers? What's your recommendation?

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Which tire?

Postby Saint » Mon Sep 01, 2008 2:01 pm

I need to buy a new rear tire for my GTS, but what to go for?
Currently on the front: Michelin Pilot Road 2 120/70-17
Rear: Pirelli Dragon GTS (!) 170/60-17

Does anybody can give me some advise what type/width to go for?

Thanks a lot in advance.
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Re: Which tire?

Postby rooyenan » Mon Sep 01, 2008 2:29 pm

Saint wrote:I need to buy a new rear tire for my GTS, but what to go for?
Currently on the front: Michelin Pilot Road 2 120/70-17
Rear: Pirelli Dragon GTS (!) 170/60-17

Does anybody can give me some advise what type/width to go for?

Thanks a lot in advance.


As far as sizes You're almost correct!!
120/70 front...OK
Rear could be a 180/55...

I have been riding the Pirelli Diablo Stada two seasons... Excellent tyres!
Right now I've got the Bridgestone BT016 on the GTS... Nice as well, but I can't tell anything yet in terms of milages...

The Bridgestones are even better than the Pirellis in cornering.. :lol: :lol:

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Postby Chris » Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:08 pm

Hi Saint,

I myself am very happy with my Continental Road attack's
Many German friends of mine swear by the Metzeler Roadtec Z6.
And i might give these a try when I need a new set.

I think it's a personal choice, some like this better, some like that better.
Experience it for yourself and then pick a winner.

If you stick to the name brands, there are no really bad tyres anymore.
It's a matter of preference.
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Re: Which tire?

Postby 24c » Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:17 pm

Saint wrote:Does anybody can give me some advice what type/width to go for?


I would go with a 120/70 F & 180/55 R...and as others have said I would go with anything current. Over here the new Avons get a good press, so do the Sports Tourer Dunlops, but I did like my Diablo Stradas. I think these are an excellent all round tyre.

Michelin CT2s are even better but mileage is poor...but whatever you go for most modern tyres are well OK for most folks needs.

PS My Corsas have been god too, but undecided on the 190/50 R being an improvement on the 180/55.
I've just started riding the GTS again, and it'll be changing

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Postby Daley » Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:27 pm

I've tried Bridgestone 021's but the front was destroyed in 2500 miles and even on my Buell they don't seem to be as good as the 020's. Currently I'm running Avon Storm ST's, they feel just like 020's did but they are cheaper :lol: I couldn't get on with Road Attacks, they always felt as though the front was drifting wide, but that was on my Triumph, not the GTS, although that feeling is not peculiar to the Triumph as I have ridden other bikes that feel the same when fitted with Road Attacks.

As 24c says, stick with the big names and there are no bad tyres, it's all to do with personal preference.

If you like Bridgestones, then try Avon ST's they feel very similar, I can't comment on the wear rate as I've not done too many miles yet. I'll let you know at the end of the month, when they should have done about 5K miles. :wink: :wink:

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Postby Saint » Tue Sep 02, 2008 5:48 pm

Hey guy's,
many thanks for the reply's!

Does the bike reacts different with a 190 or 180 tire comparred to a 170?
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Postby 24c » Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:04 pm

Saint wrote:Does the bike reacts different with a 190 or 180 tire comparred to a 170?

I have to say the bike is a lot better with a 180 rear tyre... I found the bike more neutral in corners under load, it also stayed laid over far easier, so you can play with the throttle/back brake and it was just more responsive. Definitely a good move, but others might disagree, however I do carry more corner speed than the usual Sunday morning day trippers.

Biggest change was in the corners with the 180, and the Diablo Stradas were very good over white lines...going back to the corners, I carried more corner speed on these tyres versus the 170 Metzelers, and the lean angles/confidence/feel was so much better on like for like road use around my home.

The 190 was not such a revelation, compared to the 180 to 170 change, and I am undecided which is better, however, the bike will take out Ducati poser's or those R1 saddle monkeys clad in one piece leathers who grace the roads for the "Sunday Born Again Revivalists Meets" in the twisties near me no probs , so maybe it's good enough.

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Postby Saint » Wed Sep 03, 2008 5:17 pm

Hello 24c,
I will take your advise, and go for a 180.

Thanks.
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Postby Daley » Tue Oct 28, 2008 6:42 pm

Currently I'm running Avon Storm ST's


I can't comment on the wear rate


Well now I can :!: :!:

For years I've preferred Bridgestones to anything else available, from the BT56's of the 1990s to the 020's of the last few years, but I couldn't quite get on with the newer 021's.

The Avon Storm ST's seem to handle much like the old 020's and I feel just as confident with the level of grip, but the wear rate is MUCH less. I've put over 5k miles on them in the last 6 weeks or so and there seems to be lots of life left in them, but hey :!: if they were scrap after 5k miles then they would have equalled last year's Bridgestone rear and TWO fronts :!: :!:
(and they are cheaper :!: )

I like them :!: I'll even try a pair on the Buell :twisted:

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