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Old 01-18-2012, 02:45 AM   #1
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Needing Tires Soon - Advice?

So my rear Pirelli Diablo is getting fairly close to the tread wear markers in the center of the tire. I'm needing some advice....

Questions - answer any or all if you have any tips:

1. Should I replace before I actually hit the wear markers? What's best practice?

2. Given that I'm mostly a commuter/tourer that rarely hits the twisties, should I be using a different type of tire?

3. Since I'm new to riding, should I try out a bunch of different tires/brands/types?

4. Does anyone have specific suggestions on what to put on it?

5. Where is the best place to get tires?

6. Where is the best place to get tires mounted?
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:54 AM   #2
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1. up to you. wear markers are there for a reason but some guys go til the threads are showing, i dont agree with that but to each his own right lol
2. if you have soft tires and you comute you are prolly getting flat spot on the rear pretty quick, get touring tires, they will hold the contour better longer, and you dont need the super soft rubber if youre not hitting the track or twisties hard.
3. good idea. i like michilin personally.
4. try the michilin pilots. not very $ and quality tire imo.
5. online generally has best deals
6. best to do yourself, its not very hard, look up some how too's. making a bead breaker is very easy, and a tire balancer stand is easy to make also.
in pasadena there is a discount tire shop that will mount for free if you buy tires there...
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:01 AM   #3
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Do I need to replace both tires at the same time if I want to switch brands or styles? Can I just change the back, or is that a bad/unsafe/stupid idea?
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:32 AM   #5
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both is best idea
Ok, I double-checked the front and it has a LOT of wear left on it. I should probably get another Diablo for the back this time and not do a lot of super-hard straight line accel that I've been doing. That way they should both wear down to about the same level, then I'll try some sport-touring rubber.
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I think a lot of people will run through 2 back tires to 1 front. I do.
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:49 AM   #7
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ok since your a commuter more than twisty rider...the perfect tire for you is the pirelli angel....no you do not need to replace both at the same time...(though if they are both needing to be done then safety comes first so replace both) but i was in daytona bike week last year and i always rode the battlax 003 which is a great twisty tire anyhow i had to replace my rear down there and the only tire they had was the angel and therefore i had to buy it......well i rode the tail of the dragon on it, which it stuck the a but after i wore it in...it takes a long time to warm up but sticks when its warm.....remember i said i got in last year so its been on my bike for about 6,000 miles and it still could probably go another year.....no .....however i was going to get rid of it.....now that im in tx and everything is straight basically....compared to kansas city...i may just leave it on....but i would say for sport touring the pirella angel is the tire for you
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we have several very good shops in the houston area when it comes to tires...
if you can have your tire work done on weekdays you have more choices than if you need it done on the weekend... a couple of the very good shops do trackdays and are not available at their shop on weekends...
if you need it done on a saturday Motorcycles Unlimited is a good choice..
from what I read in another thread, you live in the galleria area and none of these shops are real close to you but are within a half an hour drive from you...
the price for mounting will be less if you take the wheel off the bike and carry it in, but if you have to ride in, it does not cost too much more..
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