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Guys, what is the tire that you advise me to buy?
I do not like the Metzeler Z6.
I looked the BT 21 Bridgeston, seems to be the best!:confused:
 

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Guys, what is the tire that you advise me to buy?
I do not like the Metzeler Z6.
I looked the BT 21 Bridgeston, seems to be the best!:confused:
My brother had the bt-021 on his 05 gixxer 600. The dealer installed them before he purchased it, I had my doubts because I thought of them as more a sport tourer than a sport tire. :eek: Turns out they are a great tire! He only kept the bike for a few months so not sure how they are over a long period of time but felt good to me.
 

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my tyres need changing and going to use some conti road attacks , i have a spare front already left over from a aprilia tuono so going to buy a rear .
they are sport touring tyre and i have used these on a France trip 5000 miles and they still had loads of tread left when we come back.
bit fed up of sports tyres:mad: , come with no tread on them from new and last no miles and cost a load of cash :eek:.sports tyres are great for weekend blasts in the warm:) . sport touring tyres also warm up quick to cope with more cold and wet conditions .i would like to use sports tyres if someone else was paying for them .:)
rca .:)
 

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RCA,
I understand what you mean! Comments made ​​by colleagues in other sites, this tire makes 12000 km. Obviously depending on riding style! :)
But I think the tires sport / touring is the most suitable for our type of bikes!
The Bridgstone always been known for making tires with good grip but with some wear. It is not possible to have the best of both worlds!

Guys, give me the names of your tires! So I can make a statistic on-line!
 

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my R1200R has Michelin Pilot Road 2; the previous owner put on a new set just before he sold the bike.... I haven't racked up a ton of miles yet; but so far, they feel really good
 

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Which tire for Roadster?

+1 for the Bridgestone BT-021s Best balance of grip, feedback & long-lasting. Lasted over 10,000 miles. (16,275 Kms) Replaced with BT-023s.
S-20s are very good for sport riding on street, also. BT-03s or BT-16s for the track.

Second choice: Pilot Power 3 and Pilot Road gave good feedback, predictable grip, but were not the longest lasting.

Just got a set of Contis on sale. No mileage yet, so nothing to report. ???

Dunlop Roadsmarts did very well on the old 1100 Roadster.
Maybe slightly less feedback, but longer life.


YMMV
 

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I have the stock tires right now, close to 5k and seem they they will last at least another 5k more, I can't complain about grip, I also ride pretty slow, no stunts, burn outs etc....

I was looking at the Michelin Motorcycle Tires

They even have our bike on their website banner for this particular tire.

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R1200R Tire Experience

I have Metzeler Z-6's on the bike and have found that they work superbly. The secret may be the pressures: The Service Manager at my dealership (a very knowledgeable guy, ridiculously fast, with tons of track experience) recommended 36psi front, 42 psi rear rather than the 32/36 psi shown in the owner's manual. He said he ran these pressures even in the wet and on the track. I realize that this sounds counter-intuitive - - usually one uses lower pressures for quicker warm-up and extra grip (e.g., on the track) - - but it works like crazy. My riding is mostly canyon-carving and the Z6s feel super-stable all the time, even at full lean. Moreover, with 5K miles of hard cornering on them so far, they are showing very little wear. They also have a slightly more triangular profile than the Pilot Roads and turn in a bit more quickly. I have also put in about 5K miles on Z6's on an R12R in the Alps (twisty, lots of very tight hairpins, often wet, sometimes cobblestones) and had the same delightful experience.
If you don't care for the Z6s (even after trying them with the higher pressures mentioned above), you might want to try the newer Z6 Interacts. They have received uniform rave reviews from the mags and on various rider chat sites. The newest tire in the line is the Z8 Interact, but I haven't seen any reviews or performance comments on it yet.
BTW, I used Michelin Pilot Roads (both #1 and #2) for tens of thousands of miles on my previous K1200RS and would unquestionably rate the Z6's on the R12R as better-performing, recognizing that we're talking about two very different bikes. The Michelins felt quite good when new, but a lot less so when more than half worn down. Moreover, they never quite inspired total confidence in full-lean situations. However, they did get the best mileage of any tire I tried on that bike (a real tire-eater, due to its hp and weight), so I stuck with them.
I have heard good things about the Bridgestones on an R12R, but they were a disaster on the K1200RS.
Everyone's taste is different, and you've gotta go with what makes you feel comfortable. Take this for what it's worth; hope it helps.
 

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Follow-up to my first post: I've now found a bunch of reviews on the newest Metzeler, the Z8 Interact. At least 3-4 were from professional testers/motorcycle journalists, a couple were from ordinary riders. Some of the reviews were based on track rides, others on freeway, canyon roads or both; several involved riding in the wet (light sprinkles to downpours). All were unqualified raves, praising the leaned-over traction (at least 2 guys were scraping the footpegs without a wobble), braking, turn-in, stability and wet grip. My baby will be due for new rubber soon, and I'll be going with the Z8's. Passing this info along for whatever you find it to be worth.
 

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Metzeler Z8 Interact Follow-Up

I now have about 1000 miles on the Z-8's and they are phenomenal! Far and away the best tire I have ever ridden on any bike. They stick like glue, have a neutral but easy turn-in and inspire tremendous confidence. I liked the Z6's that came on my bike, but these are in a different class entirely. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for the R1200R.

BTW, in case you're wondering, they're about $300 per set, $130 for the front and $170 for the rear. Worth every penny.
 

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Pilot Road 2. Excellent in the Rain, great bite on dry pavement. Tires held their own on a track day (see thread: http://www.r1200rforum.com/forum/bmw-r1200r-rider-improvements-techniques-13/can-r1200r-track-bike-9/index2.html#post2927 ).

As for life, I've read a few reports of >10k miles front and rear. After 1 track event and 4k miles, I think I still have ~75% tread left on the rear. Granted, the 1 track event (~2.25 hours of racing time) ate through about 1/3 of the outer tread, but this is fine since my last tire went bald in the middle and had about 1/3 tread left on the edges from normal street riding.

And for ~$140 front and $160 rear, it's a heck of a bargain IMO.
 

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I now have about 1000 miles on the Z-8's and they are phenomenal! Far and away the best tire I have ever ridden on any bike. They stick like glue, have a neutral but easy turn-in and inspire tremendous confidence. I liked the Z6's that came on my bike, but these are in a different class entirely. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for the R1200R.

BTW, in case you're wondering, they're about $300 per set, $130 for the front and $170 for the rear. Worth every penny.
Thanks for the update, I have seen some reviews of the Z-8's and everyone seems to like them a lot.

I was originally thinking on the Michelin Pilot Road 3's but saw couple of really bad accidents because the tire just exploded :eek:Michelin Pilot Road 3 are here!!!!!! - Page 8 - Yamaha FZ6 Forums - International FZ6 Motorcycle Community Forum
 

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I now have about 1000 miles on the Z-8's and they are phenomenal! Far and away the best tire I have ever ridden on any bike. They stick like glue, have a neutral but easy turn-in and inspire tremendous confidence. I liked the Z6's that came on my bike, but these are in a different class entirely. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for the R1200R.

BTW, in case you're wondering, they're about $300 per set, $130 for the front and $170 for the rear. Worth every penny.
Same thoughts here. Did a track day last weekend and the Z-8 work well on track too. Only "change" I had to make was lowering the tyre pressure a bit.
 

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i have an '09 1200r, i've had michelin pilot power, power pures, and the metzlers it came with. i have also had dunlop q2's for track days and roadsmart 2's from dunlop which i have on now. i'd say the roadsmart 2's are the best tire i've had so far, even did a track day in them and they held great, the roadsmart 2's are sport touring tires but use the same profile and racing technology from the q2's, just with a longer tread life and different tread pattern. highly recommend the roadsmart 2's
 

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My bike came with Conti Attacks. They lasted 8000 miles. Not bad.

I currently have Mich PR 2s on, and at 9000 miles the show no sign of wearing out! I ride mostly a freeway commute, so I don't get to do much cornering, but when I do, they seem very solid.
 

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The Z8's that came on my 2012 Clasdic were great and had plenty left to give when I replaced them with another set of the same tires at 12,000 miles. Good in the wet, at highway speed (and above), in the twisties and on ciity stop and go roads and streets. Best tires I've ever had on a bike.
 

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I really liked the 021's, they had a good feel, wear was average, and the price was right. I also tried the conti-motion, loved the price($175 a set), handling was great,I had the thinnest chicken strips of any tire i have used, but they wore out sort of quick(4-5k miles). The tires I have now are the 023 GT spec. Took a while to get used to them, they are way stiffer than the Conti's, but are wearing like Iron($220 a set). I may buy another set of the conti-motion but I wish they still made the 021's.
 
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