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Hugh
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Saying Hello, needing tires

Postby Hugh » Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:10 am

Hello from Quebec, I am a new owner of a GTS after a long search for a nice example. I am looking forward to my first long ride, through the Canadian Maritimes and around Newfoundland. But I will need new tires before I go. Any suggestions for the best tires and sizes? Many thanks in advance for any help. Best, Hugh

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Pachi
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Postby Pachi » Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:17 am

Welcome from Spain.

I don´t know about Canada, but over here, finding a 130/60x17 tyre for the front is a doomed endeavour. Even the 170/60x17 rear is quite difficult to find, so most of us switched to 120/70x17 and 180/55x17. There is a thread around here stating this to be a bad move as the bike "squats" a bit with these new measurements, though.

As for the best tyres, the Pirelli Angel ST is a very good tyre, wet and dry. I have spent two sets and they provide a very safe sensation in every circumstance. Expect the range to be around 10.000 km.

I have tried the Bridgestone BT023GT and it did not feel the same at all, specially on wet tarmac, besides they died a bit shy of 9.000 km. The same for the Maxxis MA 3DS Supermaxx. Very agressive profile that holds very well on the bends, but they die very soon and do not hold well on wet besides they are slow warming up. Pirelli Diablo Strada is a good tyre, but with poor range. I have a set of Michelín Pilot Road mounted now and I am enjoying them a lot, even though the round profile make them lazy on direction-changing. They are holding very well and it would seem they will last to equal the Angel. Still to be seen...

Of course, others will say otherwise, since the feeling with a certain tyre is a very personal issue. The same about range. I do not know why, I am a tyre-consuming guy and different oppinions will most probably pop up.
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Postby MikeC » Wed Aug 12, 2015 3:18 pm

Welcome fellow Canuck! I have had my '93 since '08 and have run BT023's since I could get them. Great tire. On my third set. I am running 120/70-17 and 180/55-17 GT spec for both. GT spec is a tire rated for heavier bikes. Have to keep front tire pressure at max rated (44psi I think), and rear at 38-40psi. Doesn't 'fall in' nearly as bad as previously. Wear seems to be fine as well. Rear flatten out at about 8000kms - changed at 9ish. Front is still running with 11000kms on it. Probably run to the end of the season on it, then put new ones on in the spring. I run about 4-5000kms per year on this bike. Run Bridgestone's on my other sport bike, and really like them as well.

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Postby Mark Henry » Wed Aug 12, 2015 4:56 pm

I'm running on standard size continentals - They're fabulous and standard fit on BMWs, which I've owned previously. A great touring tyre

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Postby 24c » Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:43 am

I'm with Pachi, Angel ST are a good everyday tyre, tried Diablos & Stradas before too. Stradas worked well in wet too, and over here they were cheap.

Looking at changing the steering geometry, as Trond is quite right with what he said, but just got a load of other jobs in front of this.

Plus I have a set of Diablo Rossi II tyres to try, bought off a discount tyre place in the UK, in a 120/60x17 & 180/60x17 combo that should quicken the steering a little, as well as a set of spacers for the top A arm & further silliness when the CNC guys are quiet.
I've just started riding the GTS again, and it'll be changing

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Postby Pachi » Fri Aug 14, 2015 12:21 pm

On with the Angel ST, be aware they wear out in a whim from "Mmm. Those tyres look like they will need a replacement quite soon" to "D..it!. I almost crash!" because the rubber basically disintegrates very rapidly when they are nearing the end, and assuming "they have about 500 miles left" can prove to be very wrong...

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Postby Devonian » Fri Aug 14, 2015 4:26 pm

Can get very good prices on more sporting tyres (as opposed to sport-touring) in USA. As I'm a pretty low mileage rider these will probably work fine for me. (Current tyres are almost worn out but really went past their prime several years ago and I've had a couple of "exciting" power slides from the rear as a result.) I expect the typical profile of more sporting rubber will work well with the GTS. Considering a set of Michelin Pilot Power 2 or 3. Any experience?
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Postby erkmania » Sat Aug 22, 2015 2:17 pm

I found a properly sized set of tires from Shinko. Yeah, I know, I know. Shinkos may not be the best brand, but I'm willing to try them since they are sized right. They're called Shinko 006 Podiums.

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Postby Devonian » Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:26 am

Cycle Gear often has sales on a pair of 17" sports tires of one make or another. That's almost certainly where mine will come from. I have looked at the podiums which should be ok if you are ok with limited life expectancy.
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Postby erkmania » Sun Aug 23, 2015 3:12 pm

At $215 to my door I think they're worth trying. I can baseline the handling with these and if they only go 3000 miles I don't care since they're inexpensive. If they stick well then that would be a bonus.


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