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Tire Recommendations

Postby TelemarkSean » September 25th, 2017, 10:03 am

The Monster needs new tires. Any recommendations? I just need something for real-road use that won't break the bank.

Tires sizes are:

Front: 120/70-ZR17
Rear: 170/60-ZR17

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Re: Tire Recommendations

Postby Mel » September 25th, 2017, 6:23 pm

Normally I stay out of the tire/oil/etc discussions, but since I know you and know you're sincerely asking....
I've been running the Mich Pilot Road 2 2CT's for the last 2 sets. Good balance between handling and mileage. Currently have 11k on this set with tread left.

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Re: Tire Recommendations

Postby wileycoyote » September 26th, 2017, 2:58 pm

Depends on what kind of riding you're looking to do. On the Sprint I go with the PR4s. In fact, I'm currently on the PR4 GTs for longer life, though the PR4s get really good life already. They grip really well both in wet & dry. On the Daytona I prefer the Pilot Power series as they have a bit steeper profile making turn in even more fun. They seem to grip well enough in the wet, but it's mostly a dry bike for me.
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Re: Tire Recommendations

Postby Mel » September 26th, 2017, 3:42 pm

wileycoyote wrote:Depends on what kind of riding you're looking to do. On the Sprint I go with the PR4s. In fact, I'm currently on the PR4 GTs for longer life, though the PR4s get really good life already. They grip really well both in wet & dry. On the Daytona I prefer the Pilot Power series as they have a bit steeper profile making turn in even more fun. They seem to grip well enough in the wet, but it's mostly a dry bike for me.


I'll second for the Power series, they were on mine initially. Handled great, but I didn't see as much mileage out of them, as they're a little softer toward a track tire (and more expensive).

How you want to ride it does make a difference too, but I assumed that real-road translated to "don't need track sticky level".

I'd have bumped up to the PR4's as well on this last round, but... well... I'm just this side of frugal and decided to stick with the 2's. :facepalm: Wiley pushes harder than I do too though.

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Re: Tire Recommendations

Postby TelemarkSean » September 27th, 2017, 11:31 am

Thanks, Triumph friends. There are Pilot Road 2s on the bike right now that are in ok shape tread-wise. They're just 12-13 years old... probably the 1st replacement set ever put on the bike. Maybe I'll just get a fresh set of those.

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Re: Tire Recommendations

Postby RickRick » September 27th, 2017, 1:42 pm

you can't go wrong with the PR4!
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Re: Tire Recommendations

Postby ELI the ICE man » October 4th, 2017, 4:05 pm

Any of the PR series... if you can get a PR3 for a discount, then take it!
I now have PR4 on one bike, and probably the last fresh set of Pilot Pures on another.... and oh man the pures are nice... until its wet. Noticeable difference in grip, feel, confidence.
PR series are awesome and probably what will replace the pures just because of how often it is wet around here.
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Re: Tire Recommendations

Postby SamEyeHam » October 31st, 2017, 5:29 pm

Just FYI, you really shouldn't be riding on 13 year old tires. I won't get into the details, but tires start to degrade after about 5 years. If improperly stored even sooner. Get new tires asap!

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Re: Tire Recommendations

Postby TelemarkSean » November 1st, 2017, 12:57 pm

Yeah, the age was the factor in my decision to replace them. I got some Avon Storms. Not much to say so far. I've only had time to put about 60 miles on them.

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Re: Tire Recommendations

Postby st. Mats » November 27th, 2017, 2:56 pm

I ran a set of Avon Storms on the ST4s a few years ago. Very good all around tire; I had no grip issues wet or dry. They were very good in the wet, better than the PR2's. Can't comment on the PR3 or PR4 since I haven't tried them. I liked Pilot Powers for my Monster and ST4, but they're not the best winter tires.
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