T100 tire choice - Triumph Forum: Triumph Rat Motorcycle Forums
Air Cooled Twins Talk Discussion of Hinckley Triumph Twin related matters and topics.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
Grand Prix 125
New Member
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Coppell, Texas
Posts: 23
Cool T100 tire choice

Looking to put new skins on my 2004 T100. Any opinions about the following tire selections, all are available in 100/90/19 Front and 130/80/17 rear:

Michelin Pilot Activ
Michelin Anakee
Pirelli Sport Demon

Not too enamored with the factory supplied rubber. Not concerned with tire life, want a good grip/handling.

TX 75019
TBIRD438TX is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 04:44 AM
Main Motorcycle: Triumph Bonneville
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Wirral UK
Posts: 1,786
The sports demons give very good grip, but dont last long[3500-4000mls]

plasma is offline  
post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 08:47 AM
Site Supporter
SOTP Vintage Series
Main Motorcycle: 1968 Bonneville T120R
Lifetime Premium
68T120R's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Denver, Colorado United States Of America
Posts: 6,138
Other Motorcycle: 2010 Jet Black T100
Extra Motorcycle: 2013 Black Tiger 800
I switched over to Michelin Pilot Activ's and I am very pleased...they handle well in all conditions dry and wet. I am on my third rear tire since switching and I get about 8,000 miles on the rear and roughly twice that on the front. Certainly worth considering in my opinion...


Nulli Secundus
68T120R is online now  
post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 05:43 PM
Formula Extreme
Main Motorcycle: T100
Senior Member
Dan McGrath's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 892
I'm running Trail Wings, same tires as on the Scrambler. I've got them balance out with these.......http://www.innovativebalancing.com/index.php

Runs like it's on rails, good grip wet or dry and does fine on back roads. (not a trail bike but will give a decent ride on gravel).
Dan McGrath is offline  
post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 12:50 PM
Formula Extreme
Main Motorcycle: 2014 TBird
Senior Member
scottslob's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: La quinta Ca.
Posts: 444
Other Motorcycle: 2014 Fxdx, wifeys
I have the Avons and I dont like em. get a wobble about 70 to 75, right where i dont want it. Im glad they dont usually last too long, I am goin back to the Metz when they weat out.

Friend of Bill's
scottslob is offline  
post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 02:14 PM
Supersport 600
Main Motorcycle: 2007 Bonneville T-100
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Atlanta GA U.S.A.
Posts: 161
Other Motorcycle: 79 Bonneville "GONE"
Extra Motorcycle: 1972 DeTomaso Pantera
My OEM front Metz has dry rot. Not thrilled how the front tracks grooves.

Also they appear to be the most expensive of the replacement tires available.

Surprised to hear about the Avons as they seem to be generally well reviewed
by many forum riders.

Sent from my iPhone using Motorcycle.com Free App
Barnstorm is offline  
post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 02:27 PM
Main Motorcycle: 2003 Triumph T100
Senior Member
Sheepdog's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Waldheim, LA
Posts: 1,408
Other Motorcycle: 2007 M-G Cali Vintage
I'll be going to Michelin Activs on both of my bikes the next time I need tires. I've been using Bridgestone BT45s, but have been underwhelmed by their wear characteristics (cupping, short tread life).

2003 Bonneville T100 and 2007 Moto Guzzi California Vintage
Sheepdog is offline  
post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 02:27 PM
Formula Extreme
Main Motorcycle: Thruxton 04
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Woodbury, Devon
Posts: 442
Other Motorcycle: Ariel VHA Special
Extra Motorcycle: Honda Pan European ST1300
I am on Bridgestones they do all I ask of them they are old designe and cheap here, been using them for six years now they dont seem to upset the handeling of my Thruxton or my Bonnie, just right for me....
tonupdave is offline  
post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 06:39 PM
Formula Extreme
Main Motorcycle: 01 Triumph Bonneville
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Floriduh
Posts: 795
Other Motorcycle: 01 HD Night Train
Extra Motorcycle: 87 Honda Super Magna
I have had both the Michelin Pilot Activ and the Pirelli Sport Demon. The Demons are sticker then the Pilots. The Pilots wear like iron...my front was put on at 38K...Im pushing 55K and the tire still has 5K left in it. The rear was changed at 12K not because it was worn out...because I had to relace the wheel and I wanted everything new going foward back there. The Demons rear were pulling cords at 8K. General Ride quality was good in both tires, the Demons inspired more confidence dry...the Pilots were better in the rain. The Pilots were better cold (below 40 degrees F)the Demons were evil and greasy. Depending what and how you ride should determine your choice. For me..Its Michelin Pilots...

The Factory Bridgestones are garbage.
DUCKMAN is offline  
post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 07:19 PM
Formula Extreme
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 514
Not had wear, grip or any other problem with Bridgestone BT45s. Might try Avon Roadriders or Pilots when the time comes to change them after reading so many good user reports on here.
denbow is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply
All posts must adhere to Forum Rules

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Triumph Forum: Triumph Rat Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter your valid email address, that can receive an automated confirmation message. Otherwise, you won't be able to gain full access.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
tr25w tire choice McGregor Classic, Vintage & Veteran 0 03-14-2012 04:57 PM
Tire choice help and your suggestions. Blount77 Biker Hang-Out 5 08-05-2011 05:09 PM
675 tire choice apollo Daytona675 Forum 13 09-10-2007 12:05 AM
Tire Choice sangsters Triumph SuperSports 44 09-16-2005 09:31 PM
Tire choice kubloomfi Speed Triple Forum 21 05-29-2004 04:12 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome