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I'm curious what tires are people are looking at to replace the Phantoms that come on the street twin. I'm looking for something more sport touring with good all-weather siping and more lean angle. I'm a fan of Pilot Road 3/4 but it doesn't look like they offer them for the front wheel.

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We've recently read an account of tyre development where it took Spanish racer/development engineer David lopez a whole year to get the combination right...personally I'd use the same ones...:)

"...The front tire is a 100/90-18 bias ply, the rear a 150/70 R17 radial Pirelli, a combination engineer/test rider David Lopez says Triumph played with for over a year to get right..".

Source:http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/triumph/2016-triumph-street-twin-first-ride-review.html
 

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The stockers are performing very very well 1600 miles in on my T120. As of now, I'd be buying the same ones when it's time for me.
 

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Its a good tyre , I've run them to the edge on my ST and they grip really well. you need more lean angle?
Well that's kind of what concerns me, they're run to the edge with no chicken strips. Seem kind of flat compared to rounder tires I've ridden, not as agile. And I'm not too sure about the tread pattern for rain; I was under the assumption they sacrificed modern performance for "retro" look.

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I've done some corners at a good clip, and the tires on my T120 stuck just fine. Haven't tested them in the wet, and don't intend to. Pirelli makes good tires. I kept them on my Street Triple and Daytona for years without a hiccup.
 

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Triumph do list an Avon tyre on their approved list but from what I read from testers there is very little to recommend it, except possibly a lower price.
 

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For me, they don't work well at all in the rain. I don't get any feedback from the tires in wet conditions and the rear tends to let go suddenly over even smooth, clean roads. The front is also very succeptible to tramlining. Once they wear out, I will change the sizes slightly and either go with Michelin PP3s or Pirelli MT60s.


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The phantoms were the tires that came new on the Ducati Sport Classics (back in 2006). Most everyone agreed after changing them to a better performing tire, it was like night and day. I finally changed mine to the Q3's and could definitely feel a difference. Kind of like the stock tires that came on the early air-cooled triumphs. Once I put on the sport demons, completely different bike.
 

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I'm replacing my with another Pirelli of the same type. I have over 9,000 miles on the original and it is just now below my standard to replace (3/64 tread) I have ridden in driving rain, and through standing water without the least slip or slide. I know that may be due to ABS/TC but if it works don't mess with it. I got the tire for about $200 at a local shop and I'll take the wheel off and they will mount & balance tire.
 

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When the time comes i was thinking of going with these retro Firestone tires i,ve seen them on some cafe racer custom bikes Kinda like a car tire really.
There's a reason modern tires do not use that tread pattern anymore. I'd avoid those and get something offering modern levels of performance, since tires are vital in keeping you and your bike safe.
 

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I found Michelin Pilot Activ to be a much better tire: stickier and more confidence-building. Less prone to follow grooves in pavement. Available in stock sizes (at least in Europe). Love them!
 

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The stockers are performing very very well 1600 miles in on my T120. As of now, I'd be buying the same ones when it's time for me.
I'm right at one year of ownership with 4,000 miles on my T120. The rear tire's tread profile is still nice and round, with no hint of the characteristic wear at the center of the tread pattern. I'm thinking the rear tire is going to easily last for 8,000 miles or more. I'm pleased with the performance of the stock Pirellis and will replace these with the same tires when the time comes.

There was some concern early on that the T120's stock drive chain might wear too quickly because of the T120's additional power. (It's the same sized chain that's been used on the air cooled T100 since 2001.) FWIW, I adjusted the chain on my bike at the 500 mile service, but it has not needed adjustment since, and really didn't need it then. I'm thinking the T120's chain is up to the task. I use a wax-based teflon DuPont product called chain saver and like it a lot. It doesn't fling off or attract and hold road dirt.
 
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