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Anyone have a recommendation/argument for or against the Michelin Roads or Continental Road Attacks? I am going with one or the other via the dealer, and I like both, so I am just looking for any input to help me decide one way or the other. Pricing is pretty much the same for me for both. Going on a 16' R1200R.
 

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Honestly, I don’t think you’d be able to tell the difference between the two.
The stipes and tread pattern seem to be wildly different. I also think the michelins are dual compound and the continentals aren't. This is my first bike where it's not just going to be OEM dunlops lol
 

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The Road series has been good to me, but do have a tendency to develop cupping a little. The dual-compound is nice as it takes longer to square off the tire if you end up doing a lot of freeway miles. No complaint from me on these. (been through lots of sets of Road 4 and Road 5 on two bikes, have yet to try the 6.)

That said, I'm considering trying the Dunlop Mutant on my next change, just for something a little different.
 

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The Mutants also appear to be a little less costly compared to Road 6 (based on current prices at Revzilla.)
 

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I used to think that the best tires were simply new tires of any brand. But I swear my 2015R handles much better with the Michelin Road 5s than the old Metzelers, and it goes beyond simple "new tire joy". I flat out love them on this bike!
 
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A friend of mine just replaced a set of worn-out Road Pilot 5s after 9-10K miles on his Ducati GT 1000, and he went with the same Road 5s. His bike is a stripped-down café racer-styled sub-400 lb machine with custom suspension, which he occasionally rides two-up.
I personally went with Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart IV tires, and couldn't be happier. So far I've done 2,5-3K on the tires in all weather condition (including sub-freezing temperatures and heavy rains), as well as two-up riding in light rain w/ a passenger and fully-loaded Givi V37 panniers and V47 top box. Front tire is basically brand new, rear tire has minimal wear down the middle from highway runs. My riding has been about 15% two-up, with some mildly-spirited riding in PA mountains, short 50/50 city highway commute as well as sub-150 mile highway runs.

I've bought the tires when there was very little to no review information available online. Now you can find video of people testing Roadsmart 4 tires, even taking them to the track with favorable feedback. I'll post a few photos of the tire wear in my original thread later today: Dunlop Roadsmart IV Tires -10,000 Miles (?!) - Rider...
 
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My last set was Contis. The rear was replaced after 6K because of a puncture and still had plenty of tread. The front scalloped at 11K. Both were replaced with 6's. I did find that the Contis took a few miles to warm up, whereas the 6's are good to go. Both sets handled predictably in the dry and the little rain we get here in Arizona.
 

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Thanks for all the feedback folks. I'm in New Hampshire, and I ride starting quite early, and go quite late (even more so now that I have creature comforts like a heated grip and a tall windshield I can swap to). I absolutely swear by continentals for my truck/suv, and have actually had negative results with Michelins (used to swear by them), but it sounds like the Michelins might be a better option for me. Appreciate it, this is the info I need! :)
 

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My favorite tires are Michelin Pilot Road rear with Pilot Power front. The Pilot Road front is too heavily compromised for wet roads and feathers/cups into uselessness in less than 2.5k miles when ridden hard. The PP front is stickier and lasts as long as the PR rear.

Currently running Bridgestone S22s because I've been getting good deals. They last 3.5-4k miles on the heavy R and have enough stick that I dragged a cylinder head.
 
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Had Pilot 3,4 and 5's on a Bandit 1250, the front tire always wore weird, cupping etc... but they were excellent in the rain, we are talking torrential downpour type of rain. 8-10,000 miles a set. Good on dirt roads also, lots of tread.

I am on the second set of Conties on my 2020 R1250R, get about 8,000 miles a set, maybe a bit less. Work good in the rain and easy dirt/gravel roads. I will stay with the Conties on my next set.
 

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I'm a Continental guy - maybe I just like to be different.. but I just love the supple feel, good mileage, and they always stick like glue - whether the TKC70's on my GS, or the Road Attacks on the F800GT and R1200RT. I will definitely replace my current Pilot Roads on the R with RA4's when I'm back in the States this fall.
 

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I think what we need to do now to settle this is office chair jousting, continental vs michelin :D

Kidding. I've got michelins now, albeit I bought the bike with low tread life. I'm going to try the contis first, and if I don't like them, michelins next ^_^
 

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My next tires will be the Continental Road Attack 4. Not impressed with Michelin Road 6. See my post here for details: Cupping
Getting some Road Attack 4's next month when I get the 18,000 mile service done on my 2020. Road Attack 3's on it now only have 6,000 miles on them but going on a approx. 3,000 mile trip in September.
 

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+1 for Michelin 6 cupping. Happened pretty quickly, too. I've been happy with the Metzler Roadtec 01. Not super long-lasting tho.
 
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