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Old 04-13-2016, 09:24 AM   #1
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Sport touring or sport tire for me?

08 Suzuki B-King that I got 4 years ago, the original owner only put 1300 miles on it. I managed to only put a little over 3k miles on the original Dunlop Sportmax Qualifiers.

It's almost time to replace them and as much as I'd like to think I'll be riding more, realistically I won't. Logically it would make sense to go with a sport touring since the majority of my riding is in a straight line. When the opportunity exists I do use up the entire tire.

But the other consideration is I'm taking 4 years to use up a sport tire, maybe I should just stay with one. If I go sport touring, the dang tires may harden due to age before I wear them out?
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08 Suzuki B-King that I got 4 years ago, the original owner only put 1300 miles on it. I managed to only put a little over 3k miles on the original Dunlop Sportmax Qualifiers.

It's almost time to replace them and as much as I'd like to think I'll be riding more, realistically I won't. Logically it would make sense to go with a sport touring since the majority of my riding is in a straight line. When the opportunity exists I do use up the entire tire.

But the other consideration is I'm taking 4 years to use up a sport tire, maybe I should just stay with one. If I go sport touring, the dang tires may harden due to age before I wear them out?
If it takes you 4 years to ride 3,000 miles I'd shop according to price whether you pick sport or sport/touring.
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I'm in the same boat. leaning toward the Q3's because its offered in 200 size.
Just missed the rebate.

I have T30s and roadsmart2 on my other bikes and very happy with them also.......
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I have used the Pilot Road 4's and like them alot for commuting. I still have the PR4 on the front and it sticks good on the track as well.
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I'm in the same boat. leaning toward the Q3's because its offered in 200 size.
Just missed the rebate.

I have T30s and roadsmart2 on my other bikes and very happy with them also.......

This is where things get tricky for me, rears a 200. I think had the Dunlops on my Speed Triple and didn't like how they were resistant to fall into corners, requiring noticeably more effort than the Michelin pilots they replaced.
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Try a 190/55, that's what u ran on my busa
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I think 190/55 is a great option. advantage for going down to 190 are price and selection. Lots of owners on the BKing forum have gone to 190 and are mostly happy with the choice. I on the other hand would like to keep the 200 on the bike if possible. I'm not dragging my knee on every corner and I'm very happy to own a muscle bike that can hold its own on high speed sweepers. Every time I ride the King, it puts a smile on my face. Long live the King!
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I run the 190/55 PR4 on my Hayabusa , ran PR4 GT on the FJR . FYI no need to run PR4
up front use the Pilot Power 3 2ct . You will replace as a set from remainder of tire changes .
Front PR4 will last two rears , but will be old / harder on the second rear . You might be more likely to lose the front end .
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I totally agree, I use these and can recommend them.

c10 has a valid point also that you may not wear your tires out but they may get hard from age.

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Old 04-15-2016, 01:02 AM   #13
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I'm a novice rider, still in my first year me thinks. However, I just had some Pilot Road 4s installed on the bike and wow what a difference I can feel. Was replacing them out of necesseity, and was totally not expecting how much grip these tires really let you know they have. I've always read of riders mentioning how they could "feel" tire grip and could compare it to other tires, but I never had that sense of "holy that tire grip tho", figured you must need a track day to know about that. Not with these PR4 tires. After a day of wearing them in I instantly could tell a difference in my cornering and started taking corners much sharper and faster. Bike feels like it's just hugging the road. Got over confident and scraped the pegs turning into my neighborhood lmao. Felt like I could of scraped some elbows in that turn. Whoops. Best thing about these tires is they are purposed for a lot of street riding. I'm commuting every day on them. Now I want a track day!

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