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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 06-27-2016, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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XRx Tires for Performance

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.

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post #2 of 45 (permalink) Old 06-27-2016, 06:51 PM
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That seems like what most road guys are using on those bikes.

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post #3 of 45 (permalink) Old 06-28-2016, 10:56 PM
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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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post #4 of 45 (permalink) Old 07-11-2016, 10:26 PM
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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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post #7 of 45 (permalink) Old 09-08-2016, 05:40 PM
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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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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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post #10 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-25-2017, 05:29 PM
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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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