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Hello all. Been reading the posts re: tires on this section and in the tires sticky also. Will reduce my tire pressure from 35/41 to about 34/38 per your recommendations. Hopefully that should cure some of the handling ills. Have little tread left on the Michelin Pilot Roads that were on the bike when I bought it, will need tires soon. Not crazy about the Pilot Roads, this gives me a chance to change. I have heard (here and elsewhere) great things about the Z 6s and BT 014s. Here I can ride year round, and we are now in rainy season. I also ride on back roads, which often have poor surfaces. Now through March or April, there is a lot of sludge, muck, gunk, slop, ****, leaves, twigs, branches, trees, sand, gravel, mud, mudslides and general debris on the roads. So, due to 1.) poor roads, 2.) rainy season debris, in addition to the usual assortment of sport / sport touring tires, I was thinking about tires such as the fairly new Dunlop D 616 or the Pirelli Scorpion Sync, which are both marketed as dual-sport tires, with an emphasis on road performance, both of which seem like they could handle less than optimum road surfaces. Anyone have any experience with these two tires or similar or recommendations ? Or should I just be the guinea pig for the D 616 or Scorpion Syncs as my contribution to this forum?

I was really young when I was born.

[ This message was edited by: jeffster on 2006-12-20 01:06 ]
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hi buddy. I have no experience with these new dual sport type tyres, actually I havent even seen them.

If you have a lot of wet goopy conditions then I would also suggest the Avon Azaro 45 /46 ST tyres (sport tour) as they are excellent in the wet and dry and handle very well they also have very deep and plentiful grooves for draining away water.

I have had several sets on my GSX R600 and one set on my Sprint.
I have these pics in my album, see here a well worn rear Azaro;

A well worn front Azaro

Davem :cool:
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there is plenty of feed back about Azaro's if you read the tyre sticky at the top and also the revieew in the review section.

I can also testify that the azaro is an excellent wet tyre. I used it for two years in NZ and had several sets on my GSX R600.

Davem :cool:
Thank you "The Don" :hammer: :-D :-D

Sorry jeffster I missed your question.

Here'a the answer:

Avon Azaro 45/46 ST's I average around 6,500 kilometers a set. Great tyres all round.


Michelin Pilot Powers I average about 4,500 kilometers a set.
Very good grip and fastest turn in around, reasonable wear.

Dunlop Qualifiers lasted 3,000 kms.
Loads of fun but too soft. Would be ok on a track day.

Current Bridgestone Battlax BT 002 Race / sport have covered 2000kms and looking very worn on the edges and the middle is not too bad so far.
Also loads of fun and quite soft but time will tell.

There Donski that was more than 25 kms!
:-D :-D :-D

DaveM :cool:
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just for the record.

I have never done a burn out in my life and I do not like sliding (I'm not clever enough to d it safely).

That's just from good old riding on twistie mountain roads which is all I do. :)

Keep us posted with what you find works best in your conditions.

I know Don really loves the Z6 Metzeler. :)

Davem :cool:
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