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Old 11-27-2010, 02:04 PM   #1
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need advice on sport touring tires

Rear pilot power is a little bit squared off after my 1000 mile road trip last week. 2500 miles total. I want something two ply like the pilot road 2, but its a bit pricey. Anything cheaper that would resist being squared off, but provide traction like the powers going through turns? I need something good in the rain too, I heard a lot of ST tires suck in the rain.
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:10 PM   #2
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I just got my BT023s put on at Motorcycles Unlimited this morning, so far they feel good, supposed to be a great all-weather tire
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:28 PM   #4
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I have run Avon Storms on my SV and absolutly love em......Excellent traction wet or dry and great mileage.....About 12k on REAR tire! Also only tire out there with 1 year road hazard warranty.
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I've had really good results with the BT023 for my high mileage customers. Harder center with softer sides for good traction / mileage and a high silica content for good wet weather traction.

A word about the Avon warranty, it's only for the 1st 1 mm of wear although it's better than nothing.

Quick question for you, what pressure are you running on your Pilot Power?
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I used the bt021 and loved it, lasted a long time, had soft enough shoulders that i was able to corner well on it too, seems the bt023 is the new replacement of the 021, i would go with it.
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I also want to keep the front pilot power, still has a lot of miles to go. Any issues with a different tire on the rear?
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i had 2ct's on mine and absolutely loved them. of all the tires ive had they had the highest milage and handled well in the curves, and even did a track day on them. they paid for themselves.
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I've got pilot road 2 frt n rear. Didn't cup til 3500 miles. No chikn strips on the rear either. Rd2 is a heavy tire though didn't notice much difference on the rear but the frt has a lot less tip. Great tires and plenty grippy.
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you only got 3500? i got 12k out of the front and roughly 8k out of the rear.
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you only got 3500? i got 12k out of the front and roughly 8k out of the rear.
3500 before the rear started to cup. ive got 6000 miles on the rear but still ALOT of tread left. did u notice the weight difference on the front? the treads on road2's start off twice as deep as any other tire ive seen. the stock bt016 cupped through a layer at 3500 miles. im more that happy with the road2.

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my rossos gave me about 8K each, I'm hoping if I baby them enough these BT023s will give me 10K or more
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3500 before the rear started to cup. ive got 6000 miles on the rear but still ALOT of tread left. did u notice the weight difference on the front? the treads on road2's start off twice as deep as any other tire ive seen. the stock bt016 cupped through a layer at 3500 miles. im more that happy with the road2.
the rear never cupped, but the front did, and it still had plenty of tread left.
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The Michelin fronts are known to cup early, even if you're about pressures.
A good commuting baseline for most sportbikes is 38 psi. F&R.
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I just got my BT023s put on at Motorcycles Unlimited this morning, so far they feel good, supposed to be a great all-weather tire
I have heard great things about those. I always go for sticky, so I've never tried them. I am just a huge Bridgestone fan all around.

For the price, you cant beat them. I think they are on par with any tire out there. In fact, the PP 050As that I had on my WRX stuck better than tires double the price.
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you only got 3500? i got 12k out of the front and roughly 8k out of the rear.
I have never gotten more than 5k out of a front, and 3500 from a rear, on ANY bike.

Normally, I get about 3-3500 from a front, and 2500 from a rear.
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I just replaced the Pilot Powers (not 2ct) on my 1000, the front had 9000 miles and was slightly cupped and touched the wear bars on the left side of the center line....probably had another 500 miles in it.... My rear had 5000 miles on it and it was toast...below the wear bars in the middle and starting to develope a weird line down the middle like it was gonna start to seperate.... No track days on these but lots of Fayetteville/Forrest type rides, some about 35 passes on the drag strip and 1 trip to the Texas Mile....

Needless to say, I put another set on there....

If I was gonna rack up a bunch of highway miles quick, I would go Pilot Road 2s....no doubt about it... Derby Cycles is about the cheapest on them...
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