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OK, so if you want this bike to carve corners, you need to ditch the OEM tires that came with the bike.

I struggled for a year to get this bike to perform. It was OK, but not much feedback when doing it.

What I've got now transformed the bike completely.

Front: Michelin Pilot Road 4 Trail (110/80R19)

This is slightly different than the original size but going to this size gives you lots more tire choices.

Rear: Michelin Pilot Road 4 (150/70ZR17)

Now the bike is planted in the turns. You can actually feel yourself sinking into the seat due to the new g-forces. Much more feel and confidence.

How long will they last, don't know yet. But, I'm not going back.

Scott
 

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Looks like I'm going to have to go with the PR4's. I was really wanting to try the Metzeler Roadtec 01, but it's not yet available in the states. I've run the PR2 and PR3 and loved them. I put a PR4 on my GSXR1000 and had horrible results. With as many good reviews the PR4 is getting, I'm thinking it must have been a bad set or maybe they put on the GT's. I'll give them another shot.
 

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Bridgestone makes the T30's to fit the 19" front 110/80-19 and a 150/70-17 for the rear, I've used them and the stick really well, I ride mine like a sport bike and I got about 3500 miles out of them, someone who rides a bit more conservatively should get double that, currently running a set of Continental Road Attack EVO 2 set right now and they seem to grip well both in the dry and wet. I hope the Roadtech's are available when I go to replace tires again. The Bridgestones are around 230 for a set if you look around, I got the Conti's for 185 on a closeout, I have access to a NoMar so I don't have to pay for mounting and balancing. There were some rebates earlier on the Bridgestones and Metzelers, I don't know if they are still going on. If you do mostly pavement it really makes a difference.
 

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I called Michelin today. They said the only PR4 recommended for the Tiger 800 was the Trail version front and back. I asked what the reasoning was and according to them, it was what they decided when Triumph told them what they wanted as far as characteristics. It doesn't make sense to me when The regular PR4 has the harder - medium and should last longer and should be plenty enough grip for what we do. I can see if it was a track bike but can anyone make sense of this or have an opinion ?
 

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I am running the trail up front and the regular PR4 on the rear. There is nothing wrong with running a softer front tire, actually beneficial according to some. I would go with the regular rear for longevity, these Florida roads eat up tires as I'm sure you know.
 

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I agree. The front only comes in the trail medium - soft. I know the rears wear out faster for sure. I'm just trying to understand Michelins thinking about only recommending the trail for the rear on the 800.
 

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I agree. The front only comes in the trail medium - soft. I know the rears wear out faster for sure. I'm just trying to understand Michelins thinking about only recommending the trail for the rear on the 800.
Probably a liability issue for them, if they said you could mix compounds and then someone has an accident and blames it on the tires, they could potentially get legal action brought against them.
 

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Consensus?

It's been a year now. How did the tire choices work out. I'm looking to switch out some 50/50s for more road tires. I mainly commute and will be riding 95% road.
 

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I'm curious to see what tires other members recommend as well. I recently picked up a 2015 800 XRX which has the Pirelli Scorpions. No grip on these tires at all. I used to run Conti Road Attacks on my Sprint ST and also PR3. Conti stuck better, PR3 had the better combination of wear and stick. I'm considering the PR4, Conti Road Attack 2 EVO. I'm commuting in all types of weather about 90 miles per day. I don't see myself offroad hardly at all with only the occasional gravel road.
 

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I'm curious to see what tires other members recommend as well. I recently picked up a 2015 800 XRX which has the Pirelli Scorpions. No grip on these tires at all. I used to run Conti Road Attacks on my Sprint ST and also PR3. Conti stuck better, PR3 had the better combination of wear and stick. I'm considering the PR4, Conti Road Attack 2 EVO. I'm commuting in all types of weather about 90 miles per day. I don't see myself offroad hardly at all with only the occasional gravel road.
I used the Conti RA2 EVO's, I really liked them for grip both dry and wet grip were good, dry grip you could drag the pegs, in the wet they worked well also, but I temper my pace when it rains, I got about 4500 miles out them, but I'm hard on tires and weigh about 225lbs geared up, most people get better mileage out of tires than me, I like to keep the bike in peak power coming out of turns and it wears tires faster. I have the Metzeler Roadtec 01's mounted now and have about 500 miles on them, they seem like a good tire, no problem with grip, haven't had them in rain yet. Conti was coming out with the RA 3 in adventure sizes, I don't know what their pricing is like. I know the PR4 are supposed to last and have decent grip, I used the PR2's on my old Street Triple and got almost 7k miles out of the rear, the best I have done on a tire on any bike for awhile.
 

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If I can get 4000 miles out of a tire, I'm good with it. I would rather sacrifice wear for grip and safety. I'm a similar build going 220 lbs geared up and usually have my Shad case full of extra clothes, laptop etc. I've only had the Tiger 800 about 2 months and running the Pirelli Scorpions on a cold morning headed to work I laid it down going into a simple left hand turn. I've taken that turn a thousand times with a lot more lean and speed on my Sprint/Conti tires. I was surprised how easily it went down. I have a mirror, turn signals and some scratches to paint. Nothing big, just disappointed. I'm leaning towards the RA2 EVO but I'm going to check to see when the RA3 is coming out. I may hold off just to see that set.
 

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If I can get 4000 miles out of a tire, I'm good with it. I would rather sacrifice wear for grip and safety. I'm a similar build going 220 lbs geared up and usually have my Shad case full of extra clothes, laptop etc. I've only had the Tiger 800 about 2 months and running the Pirelli Scorpions on a cold morning headed to work I laid it down going into a simple left hand turn. I've taken that turn a thousand times with a lot more lean and speed on my Sprint/Conti tires. I was surprised how easily it went down. I have a mirror, turn signals and some scratches to paint. Nothing big, just disappointed. I'm leaning towards the RA2 EVO but I'm going to check to see when the RA3 is coming out. I may hold off just to see that set.
I think Revzilla has them listed on their website(the RoadAttack 3)in 110/80-19 and 150/70-17, you can run the 110 no problem on the front.
 

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I checked the RA3 out on Revzilla and put the order in for a set. Once I get the bike back together and tires set up I'll post what I think about them.
 

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I have Bridgestone T30 Evos on my XRx and I like them. When replacement time comes, I'll see how much the Roadtec 01s are - if there's not a lot of difference, I'll give them a try.
 

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I'm curious to see what tires other members recommend as well. I recently picked up a 2015 800 XRX which has the Pirelli Scorpions. No grip on these tires at all. I used to run Conti Road Attacks on my Sprint ST and also PR3. Conti stuck better, PR3 had the better combination of wear and stick. I'm considering the PR4, Conti Road Attack 2 EVO. I'm commuting in all types of weather about 90 miles per day. I don't see myself offroad hardly at all with only the occasional gravel road.
The Pirellis are hopeless. I changed to Anakee IIIs and it improved the handling remarkably. I haven't tried them but the PR4s are meant to be good.
 

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I've used the PR3 on my Sprint and they were very good tires. The Conti Road Attack tires were great also. I felt the Conti would stick a little better (not much but a little) but the PR3 had more life in the tires. I would think the PR4 will be a great tire. I may get a set of Roadtec just to try them out and have another tire to compare. I will not be on another set of Pirellis. It's taking a while to put the parts back on the bike. Most of the parts are not in stock and apparently are coming from the UK so it may be a few more weeks until it's all done.
 

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I've used the PR3 on my Sprint and they were very good tires. The Conti Road Attack tires were great also. I felt the Conti would stick a little better (not much but a little) but the PR3 had more life in the tires. I would think the PR4 will be a great tire. I may get a set of Roadtec just to try them out and have another tire to compare. I will not be on another set of Pirellis. It's taking a while to put the parts back on the bike. Most of the parts are not in stock and apparently are coming from the UK so it may be a few more weeks until it's all done.
I've run PR4,s on a few bikes. Good tire.

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