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post #1 of 68 (permalink) Old 09-06-2016, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thruxton R tire thread

So I know I can not be the only one has worn out their stock rear. I think it is finally time we start the great tire debate for the R.

Anyone given any thought to what they will replace the OEM set with?

I like the grip the Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa offer but I wish the rear had lasted a little longer. I really don't need track level performance as most of my riding is highway and canyons.

1. I am considering the Pirelli Rosso III since they are marketed as more street focused and supposed to have better wet grip. Plus the front is still good and not a huge fan of mixing tires too much.

2. I am also considering Michelin PR series, had them on my 2013 Thruxton, loved them, lasted forever. Could have had more grip but were unbeatable for the long highway stretches.

Thruxton-R owners let me know your thoughts on tires for our bikes.

Here is a pic of my rear (3200 miles) the center took a beating sitting on these long Texas highways.
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post #2 of 68 (permalink) Old 09-07-2016, 12:27 AM
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The R is a 160/60ZR17 right? You want a Rosso II which is dual compound. They need a good scuff-in before they feel right but will last longer. The original Rosso had a bit more grip but the II's are similar. Now that you've had Corsas, doubt you'd be happy with Angels.

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When you replace the front, try to get the D-Spec 120/70ZR17 which Pirelli make for Ducati. These are more nimble than the generic Rosso II. The front takes a good scuff-in before it's really grippy but as close as you'll find to a Corsa.

Not sure why Triumph decided to use a 160; maybe for looks. The modern norm is 180/55ZR17 which is what I have on my 796 and they came on the 1100 EVO which is a torque-monster and 40# lighter than your R. From those expect 5,000+ miles.

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Pirelli Rosso III is an evolution of the II and is dual compound as well.

Be careful about using different tires. I can't find the thread now, but someone had replaced their tire with a different brand, but still 160/60-17 and had it rub the chain, because it was slightly wider than the stock tire. If you look at the tire to chain clearance, you can see it is pretty tight.


Personally, I think the wide rear tire is more for looks on lower powered bikes. I think Triumph went for a narrower tire to accentuate handling and turn-in.


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Just a heads up for anybody with a ThruxtonR, installed new tires today,went from the Rosso's to Dunlop Q3's. But encountered a problem, it seems the Dunlops are a half inch wider then the stock tires. Which is funny because they are both 160/60/17. But it created a problem because the stock tire to chain clearance is only about 1/2 inch,so I ended with no clearance and by the time I noticed had shaved the edge of my tire. Had to adjust the left side adjuster out a bit more to gain some clearance. So beware buying new tires,they are not all the same size.

I'm not sure why Triumph did not build in more clearance between the chain and tire.
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Pirelli Rosso III is an evolution of the II and is dual compound as well.

Be careful about using different tires. I can't find the thread now, but someone had replaced their tire with a different brand, but still 160/60-17 and had it rub the chain, because it was slightly wider than the stock tire. If you look at the tire to chain clearance, you can see it is pretty tight.

Personally, I think the wide rear tire is more for looks on lower powered bikes. I think Triumph went for a narrower tire to accentuate handling and turn-in.
Hmmm... III's are new and possibly not as widely available. Mileage difference still unknown.

II's and III's are both available currently and II's are maybe 2 - 3 years old. Would have preferred a Rosso (I) front as it had more grip and I got 7,500+ miles out of it.

Maybe wider rears on classics is more for profiling. On sport/sporty bikes, 120/70/17, 180/55/17 have been the benchmark for quite a while. On Ducati, only the 696 got a 160 and simpler chassis. Draw your own conclusion.

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Mine are also up for changing. I was going to go back to the Mitchelin PRs they have always done the job for me.
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I will probably change both tires for Rosso IIIs when the rear wears out. From reading up on them, they are designed to do well right from cold, and in the wet, though I have no plans to ride in the rain on the Thruxton, and to last longer.

For my purposes, mainly canyon riding near home, the Diablo Rosso Corsas have done well, but I've never had tires that behave so differently between cold and warm. It's like riding two different motorcycles.

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I think I'm going to try the new Continental Sport Attack 3's when the time comes.

That's if the chain won't touch that particular model tire... It's so close, that I almost thought something was assembled incorrectly when I first saw mine... I mean, who cares, if that's the way it's supposed to be, then fine.
... It would be unfortunate if I was married to this particular model tire and its 'V' contact-patch profile, due to the chain's close design. Personally, I prefer more of a 'U' profile. Like a Michelin Pilot, etc. (Just personal preference. Not saying one is better than the other.)

I will add, however, that when I had my 500-mile service done at the dealer, they used the typical watery chain lube, instead of the more wax-like lube the chain had from the factory... And since the chain was so close to the tire, it was literally caked on my tire's chicken-strip! I haven't had a "moment" or anything due to this, but that surely isn't desirable.

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I think I'm going to try the new Continental Sport Attack 3's when the time comes.

That's if the chain won't touch that particular model tire... It's so close, that I almost thought something was assembled incorrectly when I first saw mine... I mean, who cares, if that's the way it's supposed to be, then fine.
... It would be unfortunate if I was married to this particular model tire and its 'V' contact-patch profile, due to the chain's close design. Personally, I prefer more of a 'U' profile. Like a Michelin Pilot, etc. (Just personal preference. Not saying one is better than the other.)

I will add, however, that when I had my 500-mile service done at the dealer, they used the typical watery chain lube, instead of the more wax-like lube the chain had from the factory... And since the chain was so close to the tire, it was literally caked on my tire's chicken-strip! I haven't had a "moment" or anything due to this, but that surely isn't desirable.
I don't know what the profile is, but Bike Magazine has a set of Metzeler Roadtec 01's on their Thruxton R.

My dealer's chain lube did the same thing. It looks like white lithium spray grease. That's the second time I've went over it with hot water and Dawn to get the grease off.

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Just over 2,500 on mine & tyres have plenty left, but Ill be going down the Metzeler Roadtec 01's route.
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Has anyone removed their front wheel yet? My front tire mysteriously went flat after a long day's ride, and I couldn't find a puncture in the tire. When I refilled it, I hear (and smell) air leaking from around the stem, which indicates an internal tube failure rather than a tire puncture. I want to remove the wheel and take it to the dealer for tube replacement / wheel inspection, but I'm not sure about the best way to keep the bike upright without the front wheel on. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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