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#454102 - 03/13/09 12:23 AM R1200RT tire comparison  
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I've got Metzlers now with 11,000 miles on them, looks like they'll go a little while longer.
I'm looking at the Bridgestone Battlax BT-021, and the Conti Force and Conti Road Attack.
Anyone have experience with these? How's the wet/dry roadholding? Tire life?
It's impossible to tell from the manufacturer's descriptions. They all sound the same.

#454111 - 03/13/09 12:40 AM Re: R1200RT tire comparison [Re: DonD]  
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FWIW, the "SEARCH" tool is your friend...tire discussions here are numerous, pretty well informed IMHO and only slightly less polarizing than debates re: oil/oil filters. rofl


Byron Lawrence
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#454115 - 03/13/09 12:44 AM Re: R1200RT tire comparison [Re: DonD]  
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Originally Posted By: DonD
I've got Metzlers now with 11,000 miles on them, looks like they'll go a little while longer.
I'm looking at the Bridgestone Battlax BT-021, and the Conti Force and Conti Road Attack.
Anyone have experience with these? How's the wet/dry roadholding? Tire life?
It's impossible to tell from the manufacturer's descriptions. They all sound the same.


With that kind of mileage on the tires, why change brands??? If I could get that kind of mileage on any tire, I wouldn't change brands.

#454166 - 03/13/09 03:01 AM Re: R1200RT tire comparison [Re: Trinity]  
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Tried search using different terms and kept getting the same hundreds of results, including all kinds of stuff unrelated to tires.

Reason for changing - I'd like to try something more sporty that gives me more confidence to lean, as I like the twisties.

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#454171 - 03/13/09 03:12 AM Re: R1200RT tire comparison [Re: DonD]  
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Originally Posted By: DonD
I've got Metzlers now with 11,000 miles on them, looks like they'll go a little while longer.
I'm looking at the Bridgestone Battlax BT-021, and the Conti Force and Conti Road Attack.
Anyone have experience with these? How's the wet/dry roadholding? Tire life?
It's impossible to tell from the manufacturer's descriptions. They all sound the same.


Don
The Metzeler Z6's have no tread in the middle of the rear tyre, I found it difficult to tell how worn my rear tyre actually was, beware.
Ian

#454319 - 03/13/09 05:23 PM Re: R1200RT tire comparison [Re: IanW]  
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Originally Posted By: IanW
Don
The Metzeler Z6's have no tread in the middle of the rear tyre, I found it difficult to tell how worn my rear tyre actually was, beware.
Ian


Exactly why I stopped using them. It's a common complaint. I switched to Michelin Pilot Roads, and now Pilot Road 2s.


Mark
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#454380 - 03/13/09 08:41 PM Re: R1200RT tire comparison [Re: DonD]  
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My 1200RT came with Z6 and they lasted for 6500 miles.
Next I tried Pilot Road,s, 7100 miles.
Next I went back to Z6, 12100 miles!
Jst put on a set Dunlop Road Smart. I like the tread pattern better than the Z6. The last set of Z6 tricked me and had cords showing with no warning. GT

#454395 - 03/13/09 09:40 PM Re: R1200RT tire comparison [Re: gordiet]  
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Originally Posted By: gordiet
My 1200RT came with Z6 and they lasted for 6500 miles.
Next I tried Pilot Road,s, 7100 miles.
Next I went back to Z6, 12100 miles!
Jst put on a set Dunlop Road Smart. I like the tread pattern better than the Z6. The last set of Z6 tricked me and had cords showing with no warning. GT


Gee, what a variance. Why complain about cords showing when you got 12100 miles? I would be ecstatic to get a mile over 6000 with Z6's.

Good luck with the Dunlops, I like their feel but I got the worst mileage in comparison to every other brand I ever tried. Caveat, never tried Road Smarts; my experience was with D-220's.


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#454404 - 03/13/09 10:49 PM Re: R1200RT tire comparison [Re: gordiet]  
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Originally Posted By: gordiet
My 1200RT came with Z6 and they lasted for 6500 miles.
Next I tried Pilot Road,s, 7100 miles.
Next I went back to Z6, 12100 miles!
Jst put on a set Dunlop Road Smart. I like the tread pattern better than the Z6. The last set of Z6 tricked me and had cords showing with no warning. GT


Good point. I need to do a closer inspection and make sure I'm not closer to needing tires than I thought. The tire is definitely flatter in the middle.

#454439 - 03/14/09 12:22 AM Re: R1200RT tire comparison [Re: DonD]  
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I am maybe one of a few that just cannot stand Z-6's.
To me they ride harsh and fight turn-in.
I like the Conti Road Attacks but have not tried the new Dunlops or Michelins.
6K miles is about average for me on the RT..


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