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    apriliaforum Member 1stscoot's Avatar
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    Question Time for tires...

    Over 10K miles on my stock tires and rear is getting close to needing replacing. I don't track the bike, I commute, do club rides, touring and like to hit the local twisties whenever I can. I do ride in the wet, but not major storms. I want better grip, feel and decent mileage. Never felt confident on the stockers. Service manager recommended the Dunlop Q3's for the dual compound feature. Their prices are reasonable. I was also considering the Pirelli Angel GT's or Michelin Pilot Roads, but they're considerably more expensive. Suggestions?
    2015 Shiver 750
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    apriliaforum prov-nov
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    I just put the Angel GTs on my 2014 about 600 miles ago and they are leagues better than the Dunlops that were on it when I purchased the bike. Both the raw amount of grip and the communication of it have increased my confidence and improved my riding. Can't imagine going back.

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    I 2nd the Pirelli GT's.

    Held up phenomenally well in a thunderstorm and I think they handle well just overall.
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    What about pirelli rosso 3? I'm also thinking of replacing

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    apriliaforum expert High Country's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by hfl358 View Post
    What about pirelli rosso 3? I'm also thinking of replacing
    I'm running those on my track wheels. I was told they are good for one track day with an aggressive rider. I'm not, so they just got a little melted. Probably good for 2000 miles on the street? They grip very well, though, and actually have some grooves for rain.
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    I've just put another pair of Bridgestone BT023's on my DD, great grip in almost all weathers and good mileage.

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    Mine came stock with Pirelli Angel ST's. Been very happy with them, so just bought another pair for when these are done. 13,500 kms on them so far, and at least another 2000 kms left on the rear, way more on the front. Also had a good experience with Bridgestone S20's on my FZ09. The S21's are said to be even better.
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    I'm really liking my Bridgestone S21's. Looked at the Metzeler M77rr too, but got a great deal on the others.

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    I'll second the Bridgestone S21's I almost exclusively run those on my street bikes. I like Pilot Powers and have been wanting to try the Metzler M77's due to reviews from friends, but they're a bit pricey. S21's always seem to be on sale too.
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    apriliaforum expert LesRiskey's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1stscoot View Post
    Over 10K miles on my stock tires and rear is getting close to needing replacing.
    Damn, Skippy!

    What kind of tires came on it?

    Mine came with Q2s.

    My stock rear was shot after 5,000 miles.

    And I mean shot!

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    Have to agree with what has been said about the Dunlop's so far, weren't really my cup of tea either. Burned through 2 sets really quick and weren't really impressed by the performance. Tried Angel GT's after that and really loved those, got around 5k of decent riding out of them and another K of easy going at the end of their life. I went through absolute downpours with them at a couple of occasions and never lost any confidence. Great grip in the dry as well. Currently rocking the Metzler Roadtec 01s; wanted to try these out due to all of the hype. They're great and look to provide some additional mileage, but they don't really give the same grip and confidence as the Angel GT's, at least for me. I will probably switch back to the GT's once I burn through them.

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    I'm at around 3k miles with my metzelers. Still looking like I'll get 5-6k out of the rear. Love these tires.
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    I replaced the M3s on mine with Z8s - much better grip in all weathers, and a better balance of grip front-to-rear - the rear M3 liked to let go very early just changing direction! The front Z8 does like to push a tad, so not ideal still.

    The Z8s are not taut enough on the sides for "sporty" riding and the grip / feel drops off when hot (UK summer). In terms of feel, they're also not really that good when it's cold, but I don't often ride it in the cold. I think I've got 9000 miles out of the front and it's just starting to get upset by cambers and grooves. The previous rear possibly managed something over 5000 miles just to the canvas (snuck up on me, as it wasn't that squared off).

    I will be looking at something like a set of S21 / Rosso III / M7RR to replace them.
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    apriliaforum Member Thrillmoto's Avatar
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    Michelin PR3’s here. After 100’s of thousands of miles on over 20 bikes I have never seen a tire wear and grip as well as these things. Over the years, 3500-5000 miles was all I could ever expect. These things just plain get it done, and well. Would I put them on my 180-200 hp bikes and go play? No. But when my 1st set on my Multistrada hit 10,000+ on the rear, and 14,000+ on the front, I was sold and new ones went on. My Shiv is my city bike and has had them on for over 6000 miles and they look like they easily have that left in them. Recommended highly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesRiskey View Post
    Damn, Skippy!

    What kind of tires came on it?

    Mine came with Q2s.

    My stock rear was shot after 5,000 miles.

    And I mean shot!
    x2. I'm well into the wear bars on my OEM Dunlop at 3700 miles.

    Michelins for sure going on it next.

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