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  1. Hey guys, I'm looking at tires for this riding season and I see that the Roadsmart 3's are available in Canada now. Has anyone ran them on an 8th Gen yet? The few reviews that I can find seem promising but they are few and far between. I'm currently running Metzler Z8's and really will probably only need a rear but the cost for one is only about $60CAN less than a fresh set of RS3's. Just looking for some input. If noone has ran them yet I might have to be the first test subject.
  2. My Angel GTs are about toast, and I'm thinking that with my touring bias, I would go to the Metzeler Roadtec 01. The application guide on Metzeler's site says that if I want to run the Roadtec 01 on the rear of my 6th gen, I should use the HWM (Heavy Weight Machine) version of the 180/55R17. I've been through two sets of PR2s and the aforementioned Angel GTs, and I've never run the "A", "GT", "B" version of any of these tires. What say you? HWM or regular version?
  3. $40 Rebate just popped at Jake Wilson on Roadtec 01. I just placed my order
  4. Hi I was unfortunate to have a blowout on my rear tire while on my way home a few days ago. So I had to get a new set of tires for my 2010, VFR1200. After reading comments on this and other sites and some other research, I decided to again buy a set of Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires. That is what I had on. So then came the big search to get the best deal. I am in Vancouver Canada. I am close to the US border so not a big deal to go get tires down south. We do have a number of good places up here, but I always like to shop around for a deal. Someone on this site mentioned a (previously unknown to me) supplier down south with some great deals. Then just to get my ducks in a row I compared all local dealers in Vancouver. That turned out to be an eye-opener. I got a price quote as high as $762 Canadian. That price still did not include an environmental fee of $10, installation $100 plus 12% tax. Total $976 Canadian.($725 US) Down in Trump world that same set is $343 (US). With the exchange rate US to Canadian that is $461 Canadian. Shipping would be free to my US postal address, (yes we Canadians do that) but then I have to go pick it up and bring it back and have it installed. Taxes and installation will put that at around $590 (CA) Not all the local Vancouver shops were out of their minds. Two places stood out. I want to make it clear I have no contact with them and get nothing from this post. In fact they will not even know who I am. But here goes. http://www.2ndgearmotorsport.com/ 2nd Gear Motorsport in Coquitlam, BC. All fees, taxes and installed $631 (CA) so $469 (US) Bayside Performance did it all in for $612 (CA) so $455 (Trump money) https://www.baysideperformance.ca/ Just saying; All you riders in Trump Land. Look up North. There may be some deals to be had.
  5. Hi all, Just bought some new dancing shoes for my lovely lady. Invested in a set of Michelin Pilot Road 4's. Had a set of PR3's on my old Yamaha XJ6S. They were great and i've only heard good things about the 4's Will let you know in due course how they run. p.s. It's spelt TYRES lol
  6. Anyone have any experience with Continental tires? Specifically, the Sport Attack 3? Looking for something that wears better than the dual-comp Michelins (PP2CT, PP4, PR2's PR3's) I've been throwing money at.
  7. Didn't find anything in a quick search to see if it was posted, apologies if this has already made the rounds: $40 rebate on street tires, $20 on motox through 5/31/2016 http://www.pirelli.com/pmsite/promo/rzrvisa16us/resources/pdf/form.pdf Metzeler $50 through 4/30/2016 (Thanks Dustin) http://www.metzeler.com/msite/promo/visa16_us Dunlop $40 through 4/30/2016 (Thanks 007 and gr8vfr) http://www.dunlopmotorcycletires.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/16D_40SpringRebate_final_r1.jpg
  8. I know this topic has been beaten to death, but i got rid of the dyna beads in both my tires. They did not work. I would get a vibration that would oscillate from front to rear and back at any speed above 85mph. After unseating the tire, i found that the beads were stuck in place and covered in black stickyness. They were not freely rolling at all. I had to jostle them pretty hard to get them to free up and drop to the bottom of the tire. My theory is the tire compound is too soft for the beads to work properly, combined with the inner tire ridges impeding the beads from rolling freely. I have another bike with bias-ply metzlers on and they are balanced with beads without issue. Let me know what you think.
  9. I was woundering if there is any other tires in size 120/70-17 and 180/55-17 (well 170/60-17 alos OK) that are marked M+S (Mud&Snow) than the Continental TKC80? Reason: Law says you have to have tires market M+S during beginning December to end of Marz. Not hat I know if I will ride then, as temps have dropped 10C in a week, but still could be "Fun" to go out a nice sunny warm day to just show off
  10. My original intent was to post a half a$$ed review of the Pilot Road 2s on my 2004 at the 10,000 mile mark. It's raining right now and this seemed like a good time to do it even though the miles are not quite to the 10k mark. Since I'm not really an aggressive rider and we don't have many curvy roads, (I don't know if the entire state has 313 paved curves), my observations could be a little different than many. The tires were purchased from Garvis Honda in Des Moines, IA. Installed and balanced by them as well. I run 36# front, 42# rear, checked weekly and stays within a pound. That 1 pound variance could be my doing during the checking process. Good gauge, verified readings at a tire shop. 1. My bike had Pilot Roads when I bought it used and I had no complaints with them in the 4,000 miles I rode on them. 2. PR to PR2 handling is not that good of a comparison in my case. I do corner faster on the PR2s, but that could be because it took me a while to get familiar with the bike. 3. I do think the PR2 turned in a little quicker, but that might have been because they were new. 4. I have experienced very little side slip and even when I have hit small patches of sand/gravel, the PR2s seemed pretty forgiving. Meaning I stayed on two wheels. The tires are much more capable then me. 5. Ride is excellent. Smooth well into triple digit speeds. They took a very small amount of weight to be balanced. 6. I did notice some scalloping on the front tire around the 7,000 mile mark and it not only doesn't seem to have gotten any worse, it may have smoothed out a little. It was on the left side only and only on the side. Anyway, it has never been a problem. 7. I'm surprised that I am not yet to the wear bars and probably will get at least another couple of thousand miles out of the tires. Hard to say for sure since that last little bit of tread seems to go in a hurry. 8. It's very likely I will need to replace the front when I replace the rear. I read about people going through 2 or 3 rear tires to 1 front, but that has never been the case for me. I seem to wear them out about the same. 9. To the point. I'm happy with them and will most likely buy them again. Rear, showing wear bars and straight road wear pattern. Front, showing wear bars. Front left. Scalloping hardly visible if at all. Front left. Scalloping more evident, (I think), at the bottom of the picture. Could be the lighting or the camera angle.
  11. From the album BigFish

    New Pirelli Angel GT's in September 2014
  12. My PR2s are almost done after TMAC, just got to finish scrubbing the rear off (Left side is well into the wear indicators, right isn't so bad, but thats a whole different problem) and for some reason I lack confidence in my front at all. I was noticing last night I just didn't feel stable in the grip from the front, but that could easily be just in my head. I'm going to replace both front and rear, and have been looking at the Continental Road Attack 2s. Any first hand experience of these? What is the difference in the Road Attack 2 and the Road Attack 2 EVO? I can't find anything that compares them, just the EVO has more tread lines. Other part of the question, I have read several people using Pilot Roads on the rear and Pilot Power on the front, so I am intrigued. How does this affect the feel of the bike? I get why, as the rear wears much faster and you want the sticker on the front anyway. Anyone tried a Road Attack rear and Sport Attack front? The other tire on the back burner is PR4, but I really want to try continental. Thank you all, and ride safe!
  13. There is plenty of great info around the web about the differences between Michelin pilot road 2's and 3's. From my understanding almost identical compound just the tread pattern has added parts to deal with rain water better and is a little softer ride. Has anyone had experience with the 4's? Is its a bit of overkill? and a lot pricier over the 2 +3's? Is it worth choosing over a well proven 2 for its price?
  14. I was out getting acclimated to my 1200 last night. Not being too aggressive, but more than I was on the test rides and highways. In the tighter turns, I felt this odd looseness in the back end. I can recreate it easily, but I cannot diagnose it. I cannot tell if the rear end is slipping, wallowing, or loosing traction. The tire is brand new and manufactured in 2013. Tire pressure is 40 lbs cuz I am big. It's a Dunlop and I have never ridden on those before. Always had Pilot Road 2's. Tires should have been warm, 20 minutes on a highway to get to the curves. How do I start to diagnose this? Do I take off all preload and test it? Lower tire pressure? Is it in my head and this is how a drive shaft feels? (I kind of doubt this one) Any tips appreciated guys.
  15. Is anyone running a combo set on their 12? Thinking maybe Pilot Power front and PR2 rear? My tire mileage is dropping, dropping, dropping. OEMs went about 3800 (includes trackday), first set of PR2s about 6000 (all touring), second set of PR2s about 4500, and my current front PR2 is at the wear bars at 3000. Unreal. The crazy thing is the fronts are wearing about twice as fast as the rear on the last 2 sets. Yes it's a heavy bike and yes I ride, um, rapidly (with almost zero straight roads or commuting), but this is getting out of hand. As I plan to ride this through the winter and then send it to the scrapheap, I'm wondering if anyone is using two different tires. Figure it never hurts to ask first, if not, I'll just take the plunge and see what happens. Gracias.
  16. Hi All, What tires would recommend for cold weather riding? I'm planning on ride all year round as long as there's no white stuff / ice on the road. My current tires need to be replaced soon so I'm wondering what tires will provided the best traction for cooler weather conditions?
  17. So beginning of the riding season I noticed my rear tire was completely shot. Being new to motorcycles, and completely broke I did some research and ordered a Shinko 230 Tour Master. Now I have put quite a few miles on the bike, and my front is going bad. I was going to throw another Shinko on it but turns out they don't make the correct size for the front. I also realized that the guy down at the motorcycle shop convinced me to put on a 120/90V 18 on the rear when stock is a 100/90 18. Now I am wondering if that is a bad thing? I still do not really have enough to buy two tires, and I am kinda stuck as to what to do about this. I can go with a Shinko 100/80 on the front, but stock is 100/90. Will I feel a major difference? I am worried about screwing up the handling more than I already have. PLEASE HELP!
  18. Hey fellow Ohio VFRs. I'm coming off a dual sport and am quite spoiled with changing my own tires. These whte rims have me on the ropes. Tires ordered. Where to get them swapped is the issue. Any recomendations within a resonable distance of 44077? TIA
  19. Anyone have any feedback on the Michelin Pilot Power 3? Looks to be a new product replacement for the Pilot Power Pure.
  20. It’s time to change my tires and I was wondering what your suggestions are based upon my riding style. To make life easier I am only interested in Michelins and Bridgestone’s as more the choices tougher the decision. Background – I weigh 210 pounds. I do not commute on my bike. I use her for pleasure only. I don’t ride when it rains or even when its wet outside. It’s easy for me as Fresno, CA is mostly dry. Most of my riding is SOLO on weekends (twisties 80%)/(freeway 20%) – generally 100-150 mile day trips. I have put 1000 miles since I purchased the vfr. The bike came with BT021 installed. The sidewall states manufacturing date was 2008. Riding style-I ride with a group of riders who ride ST1300, FJR’s etc and I like to keep pace with them. We don’t race but we are not slow as well. PR2 vs BT021- I had PR2 installed on my zx-14 (sold as it was too much of a bike for me). Had put around 2000 miles with PR2. Likes PR2 stick well. BT021 on vfr feel hard (maybe they are 4 years old). After 2000 miles of riding PR2 on zx – they barely had any wear. Don’t know how the life of BT021 is. Dislikes The effort required to turn zx-14 w/PR2 was high (maybe it was the zx-14’s 190/50 rear). My vfr’s with 4 year old BT021 steer's much lighter and is more flicable. I didn’t find PR2 as neutral as the BT021. Conclusion- Based upon the above criteria what tire would you recommend? I do not want a sport tire as it will not last long. I like to change tires in pairs. I haven't read one negative review on the PR2 but surprisingly I like the BT021’s. I do not know how PR2 feel on the vfr.
  21. From the album Adventures in 2013

  22. So I went out to the bike today an saw this terrible thing. Scared the hell out of me am I refuse to ride. I found a place near me that sells race take-offs for $20 a piece. I'm a poor college student that any really afford a tire right now. Has anyone had experience with take-offs? I've heard that the middle tread that you are usually on while street riding is still well intact. If so, what kind of tires should I look for? Brands, not size.
  23. Well, the real estate tax bill went up $1k this year, so to keep the kids college fund going too, I had to buy a less expensive set of tires for the 99 vfr. I read a lot of reviews before buying the Contimotions. I lie Continental and figured they can't be to bad. I commute about 25 miles per day and weekend rides. My old tire was a Dunlop Sportmax Q2. They were good, except for a little cupping in the front. Got 4k out of them. The Motions are fantastic! Perfect for the commuter and sporty rider too. They turn in just like the Dunlops, and hold the line very true. They don't fall in, they are very, very neutral. Grip is great, breaking is extremely secure(don't ask how I know that...ask the texters). Wet is also very good. I ride carefully, so no limit testing in the rain, but confidence is very good. Overall, I could not ask for a better tire, regardless of price, but feel extra good that they were $157 delivered. No idea on mileage, but guess more than the Dunlops, and that is enough for me! Happy riding.
  24. Riding back to Atlanta at 90 MPH on GA 400 I suffered an instantaneous loss of air pressure in my front tire due to the failure of my stem valve. This became apparent when I couldn't turn the front wheel. After gradually slowing down ( no brakes) and very gradually angling to the side of the highway I pulled off into the grass at about 20 MPH (too fast) and almost lost the front end during violent head shaking. The bike is in my garage and I have one observation and one question. 1.In the future I will carry a Canyon Dancer (or similar) harness under my seat. I was on the side of the road for four hours trying to get towed because my free AMA towing connection couldn't find a single tow company who could strap down a sport bike without damaging the front fairings. I ended up calling a motorcycle tow company from Atlanta to come get me. 2. The tire looks perfect. Would anyone simply replace the valve and continue using the tire. I'm worried that I may have caused internal cord damage that isn't readily apparent. This time I think I'll put on all-metal 90 degree valves that tread on from the bottom.
  25. From the album PersonalSmee