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Best tire for 919

I'm looking to buy new tires and have absolutely no idea what is good... I'm mostly looking for a tire that will be good in the rain, I live in Washington and my 919 is my daily commuter. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

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post #2 of 33 Old 09-05-2014, 06:03 AM
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I suggest Avon's.
Avon Motorcycle Tyres North America ยป Storm 3D X-M

I've been very pleased with my Avon 3D Ultra SuperSports. They come up to temp fast, are not as prone to the flat center as most tires are, and give you a very confident feel in the twisty's.

Make sure to scrub your tires in very well....Its very important.

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michelin pilot roads. Either the 2 or the 4. I have over 12,000 miles on my current set and the rear didn't start to flat spot even a little until almost 10,000 miles. 90% of my riding is commuting, although I do ride pretty hard when I go out to the twistys, and I've been to the drag strip twice with this set doing burnouts and such and I've been amazed by how well they've lasted and how well they grip. Even with 12,000 miles I can crack the throttle on wet concrete and the bike will wheelie before the tire spins. I have a pilot road 4 waiting in my garage for when this one dies. Although its looking like it might be a bit yet

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+1 on the Pilot Roads,

Put 11k on a set of 2's and have about 10k on a set of 3's now. I commute and ride twisty's quit often. Just now starting to notice a slight flat spot. You pay a little more but in my experience you get almost twice the life out of them.

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Asking for the best tire is like asking about religion or politics. Any tire can be the best tire depending on how, where, and when you ride...

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michelin pilot roads. Either the 2 or the 4. I have over 12,000 miles on my current set and the rear didn't start to flat spot even a little until almost 10,000 miles. 90% of my riding is commuting, although I do ride pretty hard when I go out to the twistys, and I've been to the drag strip twice with this set doing burnouts and such and I've been amazed by how well they've lasted and how well they grip. Even with 12,000 miles I can crack the throttle on wet concrete and the bike will wheelie before the tire spins. I have a pilot road 4 waiting in my garage for when this one dies. Although its looking like it might be a bit yet
Why not mention the Road 3s? They are awesome in the rain and last just as long as the others

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If anything, I think the Road 3s are better than the 2s were in rain. 4s are supposed to last even longer than the 3s...

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Normally, what's the cheapest way to go about actually buying and getting them installed? Just go to cycle gear or a motorcycle shop/dealer and buy/install them there? Or buy the tired online and ten bring them somewhere to be put on? Sorry for my ignorant question aha :/ but I know nothing of tires, let alone much about motorcycles in general... Hahaha

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Asking for the best tire is like asking about religion or politics. Any tire can be the best tire depending on how, where, and when you ride...
Usually, but in this case we all seem to pretty much agree on Pilot's.
+1 for the P3's btw.

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Why not mention the Road 3s? They are awesome in the rain and last just as long as the others
I've heard of/seen issues with irregular tread wear with way more consistancy on the 3's that the 2's or 4's, also, Dennis Kirk has the 4's on sale for cheaper than the 3's right now, so why not?

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Dunlop D616's because upside down, they read 919!






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Dunlop D616's because upside down, they read 919!
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Dunlop D616's because upside down, they read 919!

They're suppose to be decent on dirt or so I'm told. Was it Ken?

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They're suppose to be decent on dirt or so I'm told. Was it Ken?
They probably would be decent on dirt


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They probably would be decent on dirt


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Nah...these are gnarly


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I've had great luck so far with Pirelli angel GT front and rear.

Bought them because they were cheaper than Pilot roads online and was able to get the rear in a A spec (stiffer carcass) for the same price

~4000 miles and I've just now worn the "GT" imprint off the middle

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I've heard of/seen issues with irregular tread wear with way more consistancy on the 3's that the 2's or 4's, also, Dennis Kirk has the 4's on sale for cheaper than the 3's right now, so why not?
After roughly 8,000 miles on my PR3's the tread is as round as the day they were mounted up with no cupping or any other indications of unusual wear. Of course I don't commonly plonk around corners or take it easy on them (no chicken strips on the rear, and maybe 1/4" front) so that may make a difference in even tread wear.

As a reference I run 30 - 32 PSI rear and 27 - 29 PSI front depending on ambient temperatures (that is when I bother to check the pressures) and at the aforementioned ~8,000 miles tread wear is practically negligible, maybe down 1.5mm rear and 1mm front. From this I anticipate at least 15,000 miles from the rear, and I am thinking of putting the front tire in my will.

It must be stated that I have been running various Michelin radials exclusively for over 25 years, so you might say I am a bit biased on this particular subject. Hey, if it isn't broken don't fix it!

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I used to commute rain or shine in Auckland. The best tires I settled on was the Michelin Pilot Road 2C, now its the 3 or 4..

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After roughly 8,000 miles on my PR3's the tread is as round as the day they were mounted up with no cupping or any other indications of unusual wear. Of course I don't commonly plonk around corners or take it easy on them (no chicken strips on the rear, and maybe 1/4" front) so that may make a difference in even tread wear.

As a reference I run 30 - 32 PSI rear and 27 - 29 PSI front depending on ambient temperatures (that is when I bother to check the pressures) and at the aforementioned ~8,000 miles tread wear is practically negligible, maybe down 1.5mm rear and 1mm front. From this I anticipate at least 15,000 miles from the rear, and I am thinking of putting the front tire in my will.

It must be stated that I have been running various Michelin radials exclusively for over 25 years, so you might say I am a bit biased on this particular subject. Hey, if it isn't broken don't fix it!

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I haven't had a single complaint about the 2, and I've only seen a few people have issues with the 3 and am not sure about their riding style/pressures etc. If the 4 hadn't been cheaper when I went to order my next rear I probably would have went with a 3 and not looked back. I appreciate the input though... You never know how some people end up with the results/problems that they do.

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I haven't had a single complaint about the 2, and I've only seen a few people have issues with the 3 and am not sure about their riding style/pressures etc. If the 4 hadn't been cheaper when I went to order my next rear I probably would have went with a 3 and not looked back. I appreciate the input though... You never know how some people end up with the results/problems that they do.
Michelins are very consistent, and the one characteristic that stands out is the effect of inflation pressures on the feel of the tires -- if you are running the placard pressure values specified for your particular motorcycle without loading to near the maximum GVWR they have absolutely no feel, wear very strangely, and generally give you the feeling that you have made a big expensive mistake. Drop the pressures to the range I use for solo riding and they are transformed to the best tires on the planet! Volumes of feedback, give plenty of warning at breakaway, fantastic compliance, stick like glue even cold, exemplary manners in the wet, and oddly it seems to have little if any effect on longevity. Works for me.

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Michelins are very consistent, and the one characteristic that stands out is the effect of inflation pressures on the feel of the tires -- if you are running the placard pressure values specified for your particular motorcycle without loading to near the maximum GVWR they have absolutely no feel, wear very strangely, and generally give you the feeling that you have made a big expensive mistake. Drop the pressures to the range I use for solo riding and they are transformed to the best tires on the planet! Volumes of feedback, give plenty of warning at breakaway, fantastic compliance, stick like glue even cold, exemplary manners in the wet, and oddly it seems to have little if any effect on longevity. Works for me.

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+1! Temps from 30-36 psi seem to be magical for them

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Got 21 000km's out of my last set of 2's on my 919, including one rider training track-day. Awesome in the wet (Auckland is similar to Seattle in rainfall).

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I ended up getting the 4's for $282, the best deal I found :/ but now I just need to get front and rear stands, so I can give them to someone to change... 😁

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I ended up getting the 4's for $282, the best deal I found :/ but now I just need to get front and rear stands, so I can give them to someone to change... ��
If you have a center stand it's pretty easy, just put a jack or something under the headers to apply a little pressure and you can take both wheels off... Or you could rig something up like the phobman stand and do the same.
EDIT: Also, thats not a bad price... I got a rear pilot road 4 for 154 earlier this year in what I assume was a misprint or something, becuase that same site has the same tire for 194 now, making a full set $350.

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If you have a center stand it's pretty easy, just put a jack or something under the headers to apply a little pressure and you can take both wheels off... Or you could rig something up like the phobman stand and do the same.
EDIT: Also, thats not a bad price... I got a rear pilot road 4 for 154 earlier this year in what I assume was a misprint or something, becuase that same site has the same tire for 194 now, making a full set $350.
Sadly I don't have a center stand :/ and I got my tires online off of Rocky Mountain ATV&MC

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They are decent tires, more than most can use on the street. Stock on the Buell Ulysses.


Takes balls to run them, probably not for you.


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I've been able to put a few hundred miles on the 4's on my XX, good tires.

The handling characteristics might offend some power rangers, but I'm good with that on all levels.

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I've been running the Bridgestone Bto-23 for a while on a couple different bikes. I love the hard center for commuting and great side grip for the canyons. Highly recommended rain or shine.

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Best is subjective but I had good experience with the Pilot Road's. Good grip in the rain and can be railed in the corners.

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PR4's are growing on me, really nice sport touring tires IMO

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i am loving my current tires, metzler sportec m3

i don't think they last all that long but the bike feels rock solid.


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