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Need tires soon.

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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?

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[ This message was edited by: jeffster on 2006-12-20 01:06 ]
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I Picked up my RS almost two years ago now and it came with what I assumed to be the standard BT020's. The bike had done about 4500miles so I knew the tyres were to be changed in the following few months. I eventually decided on the Metz Z6's on recommendations from friends on similar weighted sports tourers. I can honestly say it was a good recommendation. The tyres have now got approx 10k miles on them and are still looking ok for another couple before getting changed. The feel in the wet and dry is on a par if not better than the 020's but being honest, they never get pushed anywhere near their limits and I'm a total wuss in the wet. Would rather get home in one piece than slide it down the road.
I do 50 miles each day to work and back and the only reason I'm having to change them soon is becuase the rear has started to square off. I'm happy to change with the mileage I've had out of them and I've been looking around to see what else is available.
Unsure of the continental road attacks as I've heard the feel is extremely wierd with a resistance to turn in at the front.
Wouldnt mind trying a set of Azaro ST's but havent heard much feedback on them.
Might stick with the Z6's as its now a tyre I know and the dealer round the corner from me offers supply and fit for £170. and if anyone is near, its Jim Allan in Falkirk.

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