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Old 03-15-2008, 04:50 PM   #1
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Default Recommend me some commuting tires

The tires on my GS500F are starting to look like I'll need a new set soon. I use the bike mostly for commuting, and some occasional runs on twisty roads - no track days or the like. The stock sizes are 110/70-17 front and 130/70-17 rear. You guys have any recommendations?
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Old 03-15-2008, 05:47 PM   #2
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Sport touring tires from Michilin, Avon or Pirelli are all about the same in terms of milage, traction and quality. I'd shop around and see who'll give you the best deal on them and go from there.
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Old 03-15-2008, 06:45 PM   #3
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I can attest to good performance out of the Michelin Actives. The BT 45's are supposed to be dual compound but I haven't run any. As said before the best deal in this case will probably be based on price.
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Old 03-15-2008, 08:47 PM   #4
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Kenda Kenda Kenda. Inexpensive, and last forever. They even have some Dunlop and Pirelli copies. Those dang Koreans...
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Old 03-15-2008, 09:13 PM   #5
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Avon Storm, if they have them in your size.
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Old 03-15-2008, 10:19 PM   #6
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Kenda Kenda Kenda. Inexpensive, and last forever. They even have some Dunlop and Pirelli copies. Those dang Koreans...



If you just want dirt cheap Cheng Shins are pretty good, I used them before and they definatly get the miles out of them. I wouldn't recommend them in a wet climate because they're made of the hardest rubber compound on earth but they do last a long time.
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Old 03-16-2008, 11:53 AM   #7
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"If you just want dirt cheap Cheng Shins are pretty good, I used them before and they definatly get the miles out of them. I wouldn't recommend them in a wet climate because they're made of the hardest rubber compound on earth but they do last a long time."

Cheng Shins? They still import those? I haven't see a Cheng Shin in years around these parts. And you're wrong about the tire with the hardest compound, that award goes to the Nitto 400x18 Knobby that was on the back of my AT1MX for 10 or 15 years. Finally had to use a hacksaw to remove it. Petrifide it was.
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Old 03-16-2008, 04:00 PM   #8
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Cheng Shins? They still import those? I haven't see a Cheng Shin in years around these parts.
It's a J.C. Whitney staple:

Cheng Shin Motorcycle Street Tires at JC Whitney

From what I hear, though they're not the latest Pirelli's - they benefit from advances, and are eons-better than even racing tires of ten-years-ago.
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Oh yeah, they also carry Kenda:

Kenda Motorcycle Street Tires at JC Whitney

Amongst others:

Motorcycle Street Tires at JC Whitney
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Old 03-16-2008, 04:25 PM   #10
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Two tires I can recommend though, are:

#1 The Shinko Podium - put 'em on The Wife's EX500. Good wear, really good traction, fair wet-weather performance. I think I got 'em from Motorcycle Tires - Brands .

#2 Is the Tomahawk T3 Sports (yes, "retread tires") - I run them on my FZ6 as commuter tires CycleTires.com, Tomahawk Super Tires, Aircraft Tire Technology for your bike ...Utilizing the latest model carcasses from major manufacturers... Tomahawk takes motorcycle tires to another level of performance and good looks! . Great wear, excellent traction, good wet-weather performance. Rain and oily-pavement make them feel a bit unstable, though. But not as bad as the Avons I used to run.

HALF or less of the cost of comparable "namebrand" tires - while utilizing the carcass-construction benefits of the "competition". (they use virtually all brands of carcass for their tires, but I don't believe you can "pick and choose" without calling and asking for a particular carcass)

The only drawback is, Tomahawk don't carry them in the sizes you're looking-for.

I've had four sets of them now, only one problem EVER - and they just asked for the serial # of the tire, and sent me another, no charge.
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