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So thinking with about 10k on the tires now, PP front, PR3 rear....time to replace them, although tread still looks good on both, see pics.

Anyways as everyone here knows, finding a 170/60 is a problem.  

I am not an aggressive rider by any means, I just do a day-out riding the roads around Southern Arizona, no peg dragging....so do not need the grip of a sport tire like Pilot Power 2CTs which would probably not yield much in the way of mileage.  Never two-up, not carrying much luggage, although I do have hard cases for it now.

 

So what are you guys using on these days?

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If you're getting 10K out of a PP/PR combo a 180/55 will be fine on the rear. You may notice a slight difference in turn-in, but it's not anything more than a fresh set of tires.

 

 Last time I shopped 170/60 was still available in PP, but that's been a while. I prefer those for handling on the 4th gen. Unless I'm putting on straight miles that's what I mount.

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Trying out a set of Avon Spirit ST that I got a great deal on this season. If I was buying right now, you can grab a set of Bridgestone T31's for like $180 after rebate from Rocky Mountain. 

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Looking into the T31s.....

 

Well now a bit confused with the T31s....the rear GT version is supposed to be for heavier bikes, but has a one number lighter load rating than the rear non GT version...does not make sense;

the rear GT has 3 nylon, 1 steel belts....non GT has 2 nylon, 1 steel.....,makes sense that GT is a heavier construction..

The rear GT is available in a 170, the non GT is not, would have to use a 180.....????

 

Can someone explain this to me??

 

Also I need a tire for hot dry pavement, usually with some sand, not improved wet traction.....I live in the desert, not out when it might rain. 

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I purchased the non-GT version. The review I read was done by a larger chap with a HEAVILY loaded 5th gen. By heavily I mean the difference between a 5th gen and a Goldwing (comparing my set-up to his). He tried both (T30 EVO mind you) and liked the GT much better. But I would think for his use he SHOULD have the GT.

For your described use, I think you would be just fine with the non-GT. Sizing is a different story.

I would think you would want the same sidewall/carcass stiffness at each end rather than GT on rear and non on front. Just my uneducated opinion though.

Are you replacing due to tire age? Looks like you have a fair bit of tread life on your existing tires by the photos.

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Consider the BT-023 if you're looking for a robust long-life touring tire. Bridgestone still makes these and has classified them as just that.

 

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Touring & Sport, the definitive long-life touring tire that provides two opposing performance features!
Recommended for: 
●Riders who want to enjoy touring along with long wear life tires.
●Riders who want to focus on more comfortable long touring and excellent performance in wet conditions.
●Riders who ride heavy sport-tourers to sport-naked motorbikes.

 

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I agree that both tires I have seem to me to have alot of tread left with having 10k miles on them, especially the rear.  I was only replacing due to age.....if I remember correctly both have a 2013 mfg date.  These tires were on there when I purchased the bike 5 yrs ago (next month).

Appears my riding style yields higher mileage than most....so I probably do not need a tire that is made with long wear tire life.

 

I agree that I do not need the GT version of the T31s....and would not mix them.

 

 I have read that all Bstone tires give a harsh ride.  Sure do not want that on these "wonderful" roads around Southern Arizona.

 

Thanks for the replies.

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