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View Poll Results: Which Tire do you swear by?
Avon AV46-46 74 6.29%
Avon Vipor Sport 7 0.60%
Bridgestone BT002 2 0.17%
Bridgestone BT014 14 1.19%
Bridgestone BT012 SS 3 0.26%
Bridgestone BT020 54 4.59%
Continental Road Attacks 74 6.29%
Dunlop D208 6 0.51%
Dunlop 220 9 0.77%
DUnlop 208GP 5 0.43%
Dunlop D207 3 0.26%
Metzler M1 22 1.87%
Metzler ME33 17 1.45%
Metzler MEZ4 18 1.53%
Metzler Z6 238 20.24%
Metzler Sportec M3 63 5.36%
Michelin Pilot Power 107 9.10%
Michelin Pilot Road 158 13.44%
Perelli Diablo Corsa 26 2.21%
Perelli Diablo Strada 23 1.96%
Perelli Diablo 17 1.45%
Michelin Pilot Power 2CT 64 5.44%
Michelin Pilot Road² 172 14.63%
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Z6 but don't really but haven't tried any other on this bike. They have kept me out of trouble except on route 43 at BRPR, only a GS would of helped there!. Besides the elephants on the side are big and easy to get off .
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Where is the M3 tire?
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Yes the M3 is missing. Have them just mounted on my K12S. They seems better than the previous M1. Turn in to curves easier because their more sharp profile, and hopefully they will give more milage Cant wait to try them on the race track
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Yes the M3 is missing.
Not anymore, just added.

Tire of choice is Michelin Pilot Power.
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Front or Rear?

I do the unthinkable and run unmatched sets... on purpose

The Pilot Road is the only rear that I've had that lasts 4k plus miles and I'm fine with their performance. I don't like the Pilot Road on the front however as it gives me a strange feel.

I currently run a Bridgestone 020 on the front and that combo seems fine to me ... except that the front now wears out first

Some others from the site might attest that this setup worked fine for my wife and I at the BRPR too

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Fine!! So my vote went for.... ups!! May be this is a secret poll
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Write-up on the Conti Attacks. Canyon Chasers.

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Continental road attack's



I must admit a level of trepidation over testing a set of Continental motorcycle tires. In the past, my only context with Continental tires had to do with London motorcycle messengers choosing them because they wear like iron. However, I was given reassurance such as "they are one of the top selling tires in Europe " and "They are rumored to grip like Pilot Powers and last like Pilot Roads". Both statements worked to calm my anxieties. After all, its not like Continental is new to the tire business. And the Road Attack was recently named as the offical tire for the new BMW's...
I was given a quick briefing about the structure of these German made tires. They use a similar construction as Metzelers, but instead of just coiled steel belts wrapping the carcass, these tires use braided belts which supposedly prevent the tire from deforming during cornering and acceleration. This results in the rear tire providing a larger footprint than traditional tires, thereby giving more grip. Also, less deformation means the tire builds up less heat, and a softer/grippier rubber compound can be used. I was advised, however, that the tires should be run at higher air-pressures than what we have become accustomed to. I was advised to run 41-42 in the rear and 35-36 in the front.
The tires have a few cool features about them, besides just the really cool tread pattern. All the sidewall writing is up-side-down from traditional tires, and there is a cool, wavy checkered flag pattern that wraps the sidewall.
Unlike many motorcycle tire tests, where the magazine guys run a few laps around a track then give their impression, out test was a run-em' to the nubs sort of test where we'd see how they behaved over a long period of time and, hopefully, over a plethora of riding conditions.
Two rear tires later (and one front at about the end of its usefulness) I feel that we have a very fair report about how these tires behave. Additionally, because we have worn out a lot of the competitors tires, I feel safe making some generalized comparisons. However, be warned that actual mileage may vary.



First, I had an initial hard time getting used to the tires profile. They are different from anything I had run before. The tire tips in really quickly, but then the more you lean, the slower they tip in. This was weird at first, but after a few thousand miles on them, I don't want to go back. It is the unique profile of these tires that makes them shine. Extremely stable while going straight, similar to a Metzeler, really quick and light on the initial turn in, very similar to a Pilot Sport, but progressively more stable and planted as lean angles increase. I found this to inspire additional confidence.
Kris' Z1000 and the Speed Triple both call for 190 width rear tires (somewhat controversial because many feel that 190 tires have slow turn in) I can assure any rider that slow turn-in is not a problem. Much to my delight, I've yet to lean the bike all the way to the edge of the tire; a very comforting fact after riding other tires where I'd feather the edges going to the gas station. The rear tire also seems to exhibit the same light and planted turn in feel common in the smaller 180 width tires. This is a huge improvement from what I would describe as the lethargic feeling Pilot Roads.
Additionally, they are very communicative tires, which may be a love or hate characteristic depending on the rider. Where the Pilot Roads are almost numb by comparison, the Road Attacks communicate every weird road surface to the rider. I feel like I know exactly what's going on. The Pilot Roads are kind of an "ignorance is bliss" kind of tire where nothing is felt until the tire starts to slide.



The Conti's are a “knowledge is power” sensation.
Unlike Bridgestones, (also known for a stiff carcass) the Conti's do not sacrifice ride. The Bridgestones I've ridden tend to provide a very harsh ride where even the smallest bumps are felt all the way to my fillings. I suspect because the Conti's use a zero-degree belt, just like Pilot Roads, Metzelers and Pirelli's, the tires provide a very predictable yet smooth ride. The tires have never had a jarring sensation like the Bridgestone BT020's and BT010's.
But all this is moot if the tire does not inspire confidence in the ability to grip the road. The Conti's excel, well beyond my highest expectations. While I've never run Pilot Powers, I do not feel qualified to make a straight comparison, but I have worn out a few sets of Sportec M1's and I can safely say that the grip is comparable to the Sportec's. They feel like they will stick to the ceiling.
Wet road grip was another concern, but we've run these tires on moist coastal roads, through torrential down-pours, through fog across the desert, in the freezing cold morning and in the mid-day heat. They have only once, in over 8000 miles slipped on me. And that slip took place when I was accelerating hard in a heavy rain-storm over a fresh stripe of paint; and what tire wouldn't slip in that situation?
Even after two road trips (two separate rear tires) the Conti's were reluctant to show a flat spot in the center of the tire. While you could certainly see that they were wearing more down the middle, the tire kept is shape. I've never ridden a tire over as much flat, straight road as these two Conti's and I'm thrilled with how much mileage I've gotten out of them, particularly when I think of how well they grip. The rear tire looks like it will last about 6000-7000 miles (where the Pilot Roads were lasting me around 5000).
The tires are not without some faults. I installed the lower profile 120/60 front tire, which I think was a mistake. The lower profile front feels a bit skittish, but the OEM sized 120/70 front on Kris Z1000 exhibits none of those traits. My advice would be to get the taller 120/70 front tire.



The Road Attack front tire has worn, almost, too well. The “Conti Attack” text is still readable down the center of the front tire, although the sides are rubbed down to the wear bars. Tires do not generate as much heat when traveling straight, so I can only assume this is the reason, but it makes me think that a Conti Sport Attack front tire would be a better option.



I must say though, the more I ride on these tires, the more I like them. The more I get accustomed to what the tire is telling me, the better I feel about throwing into a corner, or holding back a bit and they are tires that I'll happily plunk down my own stack of George Washington's for.
I would go so far as to say these are the finest road tires I've run (I've even had them out for a couple of track days!). In fact, I purchased a set and threw them on Kris' new Z1000. And based on my recommend, three other people have installed sets, that I know of, and have reported the same very positive comments about the tire.
The lower price tag also makes you feel better about just riding the bike. A 190 Pilot Road retails for over $200 while the same rear Conti's retails at about $160! And in my opinion, the Conti is a better tire than the Pilot Road and the Metzeler Z6 in every way! It grips better, handles better and lasts about the same as the Pilot Road and way better than the Z6.


I'm running these currently and although they seem to be wearing faster than I like, I have been assured by another user that he felt the same after 2K miles, but at 6K they still have good life to them.

I like the tire and if I do get the milage at or around 5-6K it will be my chioce again.

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Product Reviews

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Great review Flyboy! I'm tempted...the thread looks good.
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Thanks for the review... I have a new set sitting at the house already, but it looks like Conti's will be my next next set of tires... can't wait.
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Got a flat rear tire turning right hard with a passenger. Big hole, tried to fix it with the BMW plugs and that never worked I think cause the whole was too big. I ended on the shoulder, wrong side of the road but kept the bike up nevertheless. So I think this is a good tire. The originals were Sport Bridgestone (BT017 I think, but the BT020 gives more milleage. The front tire is very sensitive to air pressure, keep it at 36psi rather than what BMW says (31 to 36 depending on the load)
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I used to use the Z6 but I've gotta tell you that I think the Pirelli diablo stradas have them beat all hollow.
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Some others from the site might attest that this setup worked fine for my wife and I at the BRPR too

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I observed that Matt was quite confident of his tire grip during our BRPR ride.
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I have to second what Bill said.....If you like the Z6s, you need to check out the Stradas....Similar tread pattern EXCEPT it continues farther into the center are for easier ID of a worn tire, 2 year newer compound giving similar to slightly better handling and IMPROVED WEAR!

We now have at least 3 members that verify the above propaganda from Pirelli (who owns Metzler, btw). I too am pleased so far (@ 4K miles).
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Have used three straight sets of Z6's,7500 miles on the first two sets.Last set put on in Nov.and all my ridding was in local twisties running in 3rd.and 4th.gear,only got 4900 miles out of them.Going to try a set of the Conti Road Attacks,having them put on tomorrow and heading to West Virgina Friday for the long weekend.
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Have used three straight sets of Z6's,7500 miles on the first two sets.Last set put on in Nov.and all my ridding was in local twisties running in 3rd.and 4th.gear,only got 4900 miles out of them.Going to try a set of the Conti Road Attacks,having them put on tomorrow and heading to West Virgina Friday for the long weekend.

I just ordered my second set to have when the first ones wear out. Not sure what I'll get yet, 4,000 so far and better looking at this milage than any tire I have used in 21K miles of mostly twisties.
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I just ordered my second set to have when the first ones wear out. Not sure what I'll get yet, 4,000 so far and better looking at this milage than any tire I have used in 21K miles of mostly twisties.

Flyboy,I have been satisfied with the Z6's until this set.Didn't like the way the ware snuck upon me this time.I'm hoping the Conti's will at least last 7500 miles and show their wear better.
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Don't know that there is a tire I would "swear by". My experience is that most premium tires are more than up to the challenge I can throw at them. My rear tire mile on the K12RS is about 3500, with about 5,000 for a front. I mix and match and don't worry about it.

Presently using a set of Avon ST front and rear and they seem just fine - like the Michelin's and Metzler's that came before.

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Just returned from a 1K plus weekend with my new Conti Attacks.I like'em.Rode 160 miles of interstate,part of it in the rain,very stable and a smooth ride no harshness at all.The rest of the trip on back roads.They stuck to the road great.They do turn in faster than my Z6's but hold a great line.I could really tell how they fall in quicker after having them mounted,especially at slow speed but have gotten used to that now and don't even notice.Feels like my steering is lighter now.

Thanks for posting the review Flyboy,if the milage is close to the Z6's I've found me a new brand.When I get them worn out I'll post my milage but for now I'm impressed. Thanks again Flyboy.
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Just returned from a 1K plus weekend with my new Conti Attacks.I like'em.Rode 160 miles of interstate,part of it in the rain,very stable and a smooth ride no harshness at all.The rest of the trip on back roads.They stuck to the road great.They do turn in faster than my Z6's but hold a great line.I could really tell how they fall in quicker after having them mounted,especially at slow speed but have gotten used to that now and don't even notice.Feels like my steering is lighter now.

Thanks for posting the review Flyboy,if the milage is close to the Z6's I've found me a new brand.When I get them worn out I'll post my milage but for now I'm impressed. Thanks again Flyboy.



We all aim to please here . Your welcome and do post milage as I will on my CA'S. Second pair in the mail as I type
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I just had CA's mounted based primarily on the feedback on this site -- the first 200 miles were sweet. I like them much better than Michelin Pilot Roads. Quick and sticky.
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C.A. Poor Results!

We'll I'm very disappointed to say the least.

I just replaced my Rear (Conti Attack) with an Avon after only 3,750 miles! Ordered a front Avon to match the rear today. The front CA cupped on the left side similar to my experience with Metzlers .

Hands down, the WORST result to date on tires for the "K". I liked the ride, but not the wear. I have a new set of CA's in the garage, but will give the Avon's a go at it. Never rode on Avons before, but the rear felt confident while riding in the rain at the SSR.


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I just wore out a set of Perelli Diablo Corsa's and wow do they stick !! Low mileage though. I got less than 2,500 miles before replacing with Perelli Diabo's. I usually get 6,000 miles or so from the Diablo's . I have tried the stones 020's that came on my scoot, Avon 45-46's ( they make the bike set lower as the Corsas do too), and the Pirelli's. Best mileage for me was the stones, but the Pirelli's won me over with overall best performance !! The 45/46's were good from 300 to approx. 3,000 miles. I found them quite slippery in mildly cool weather after that. I know all tires get harder and more slippery in cold weather, but I found the Avon's quite problematic for me. The Diabo's run about the same in cool weather as warmer climes. IMHO Perelli's ( both compounds)are also hard to beat in the rain...They seem to track and stay on the pavement much better than the Avons and Stones for me in a rain storm and/or one of those never ending long ass all day rain rides.
Judging strictly by "feel" I think the Avon's 45/46's and Corsa's let my scoot sit approx. 1/2" lower than the Stones 020's and reg. Diabo's do. This may or may not be useful to you short legged folks ? I have an 32" inseam and damn sure don't need my scoot any taller !

I keep daydreaming about a m/c tire that will have a hard/thick 1" to 1 1/2 " wide center( more milage plz ) for getting to the Dragon, but nice sticky sides like the Corsa's when one arrives !! I am now sliding the Diabo's after being spoiled by the sticky Corsa's. And yes it makes one pucker the first few times !!

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Just changed one of the Posse Avons this weekend ........5,100 ...still had some on the back but not much and the front had about 500 - 700 miles left.
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OK, Flyboy, I read the thread and have now ordered a set of Conti Attacks from AMT. It may be awhile before I mount them, but after your glowing report, I figured they sounded better than the 020s that I'm used to or the Z6es I was also considering.
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OK, Flyboy, I read the thread and have now ordered a set of Conti Attacks from AMT. It may be awhile before I mount them, but after your glowing report, I figured they sounded better than the 020s that I'm used to or the Z6es I was also considering.
And if you give me some land, I'll pay the transfer fees.

...I guess you missed my follow-up report on wear . Although a great tire as commented by everyone who has tried them, I expected more than 3750 miles out of them? I guess I ride too hard .

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No man, I did see it, but only after I had placed the order. I tried to edit my post to let you know that, but the edit wouldn't take.

I suspect they'll do as well as the 010 front/020 rear combination I used to run. Talk about cupping!
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I called AMT this morning to ask about the C compound Contis. Those are available only in 180s and fatter. I run the 5" rear wheel, and want to stick with the 170s that were stock on the bike. So AMT graciously cancelled the order, and I have now ordered up a set of Z6es.

Like I said, I've been running Bridgestones for a couple of years, and Z4s before that, so it's all gonna be new to me.
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I called AMT this morning to ask about the C compound Contis. Those are available only in 180s and fatter. I run the 5" rear wheel, and want to stick with the 170s that were stock on the bike. So AMT graciously cancelled the order, and I have now ordered up a set of Z6es.

Like I said, I've been running Bridgestones for a couple of years, and Z4s before that, so it's all gonna be new to me.

Well, the POLL speaks for itself. Sorry your not giving the RA's a try, but seems most are happy with the Z6's?

Keep us posted on the milage .

I just added the mate to the rear Avon to the front this morning. A harsh ride, but good road feel and turn in and out. I'll also post the milage I see out of these bad boy's. I'll be putting on the RA's once these wear since I have a new set in the garage anyway.
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I now have 3200+ miles on my Conti R/A,the "C" rated,and not a lot of wear showing as of yet.I am a fairly agressive rider,quite a few 3rd and 4th gear curves,I do try to ride smoothly,not a lot of hard braking and wide open exits.I am still very pleased with the R/A's.I have read some aren't getting the milage but if you can run the "C" give them a try an see if there is a diffrence.I'll post again when I return from a two week trip to Vermont but so far very please with the ride and handling of these tires.
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I'd like to see a poll where you can rate the tires that you have personally run on your bike. Something simple like a one to ten. I say this only because like many, I have limited to no exp. with the great majority listed. I have just stuck with what works.
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I'd like to see a poll where you can rate the tires that you have personally run on your bike. Something simple like a one to ten. .

That's a good idea, but an 8 to me may just well be a 3 to you .

I would like to be able to incorporate a spreadsheet where members could fill in the blanks.....bike,tire, size, date, milage ,highway%, twisties% and so forth.

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You get the idea I see.
I'm all for rating them on a scale of 1-10 with each score meaning "something" and doing so on a catagorical basis such as durability, stickyness, value etc.
Maybe an additional value for number of sets????
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Well I'm dissapointed my road attacks lasted only 4026 miles,may have gotten 500 to 1000 more but didn't want to take a chance comming back from Vermont.I really liked these tires but can't handle that kind of milage.This 4K miles was a mixture of roads and speeds with modereately aggressive ridding.I now have 1287 miles on my new Tire Nazi $380 Avons.This is my first set of Avons,they feel great,turn quick,and the ride is only slightly harsher that the Attacks.We'll see how they do on milage.If I don't get decent milage out of the Avons I'll try the Pilot Roads next.
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I got more miles out of the Pilot Roads but less grip than the Avon st 45 & st 46. Here in Texas with our open spaces and higher speeds than most places, the Avons work very well. Hope they work for you and I only pay around $ 240.00 at www.swmototires.com
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Well I'm dissapointed my road attacks lasted only 4026 miles,may have gotten 500 to 1000 more but didn't want to take a chance comming back from Vermont.I really liked these tires but can't handle that kind of milage.This 4K miles was a mixture of roads and speeds with modereately aggressive ridding.I now have 1287 miles on my new Tire Nazi $380 Avons.This is my first set of Avons,they feel great,turn quick,and the ride is only slightly harsher that the Attacks.We'll see how they do on milage.If I don't get decent milage out of the Avons I'll try the Pilot Roads next.

Well Eddie...ya got 276 miles more than I did ...out of my CA's. I'm liking the Avon's...2000 miles and not one iota bit of wear as yet . Hope It's not one of those creeps up on ya and all of a sudden your stranded on the road looking for the "TIRE NAZI"
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Yea it's a shame those great tires won't last.Took your advice and got the new ones.If you run your other set of Attacks let us know your milage on them if you would.Also keep us posted on the Avons.
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I've got about 4300 on my Conti Road Attacks -- with more highway miles than normal due to the recent rally. I expect to get 5000 miles out of them. I am very happy with them -- no problems, rain or shine.
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I will be going back to the Z6 as I am now at 2k miles on the M3 and it looks almost toasted think I will get another short ride out of the rear and then move to Z6's. when I ran a z6 rear before at 1k miles I picked up a 4" nail that tore a 1/4" rip in the tire so tried the m3 due to increased milage reports from Metzler and I must say they are close to 50% more milage (almost) but then I toasted 2 M1's in 1800 miles each so 2300-2400 out of an M3 is all I can expect, I hope to get up to the 3500-4000 range out of a Z6
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Before I left from NC for the MOA, I was planning to put a set of Z6s on. I've been running Bridgestone 020s, but thought I'd go back to Metzelers for awhile. My problem before leaving was that I had 3600 miles on the rear 020, and the tire still looked pretty good. But I figured if I did 2500 miles on the trip, I might be looking for a new tire somewhere around New York on the way back. You know, where the really good tire deals are. So I should change before, right? But then I'm sitting there with a couple of 020s that I would probably never get back on the bike. I decided to risk it.

Things worked out perfectly. I ended up doing 2750 miles. I got into the wear bars on the rear on the last day of the trip, and it currently has 6336 miles on it. The front tire, which was about 9,000 miles on it, is just starting to get that 020 cupping, even though there's plenty of tread there. It think I lucked out partially because of all the rain at the rally. I rode a lot in the rain, but it was overall easier on the tires than 90 degree heat would have been.

I'm ready to put on the Z6s now, but I still like the Bridgestones.
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That's a good idea, but an 8 to me may just well be a 3 to you .

I would like to be able to incorporate a spreadsheet where members could fill in the blanks.....bike,tire, size, date, milage ,highway%, twisties% and so forth.

I'll chat about this with theater (Randy) next week on our way to the MOA.

One thing that could be skewing the results is whether these are OEM tires that already came with the bike when bought new -- for instance, I replied M1 because I hevent replaced the OEM M1 tires that came with the bike - I do plan on replacing with M3 - probably should identify who is on OEM tires and not include in the main results since most people wind up changing out to something new when given the opportunity.
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Have to go with Bill and Randy. If the Z6's are to your liking, try the Strada's.
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Thanks for that Paul! Just about to order new tires and would love to know if anyone can do a side by side between the Contis and Avons. I am at about 4K on a set of Avons and they a still have some life in them. They have performed flawlessly, no strips left on them, and until I saw your review, was going to order another set. Anyone?
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PeteA,see post #23,also see post #32 and post #36.


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I really liked these Attacks but was hopeing for more milage.

Thanks, Eddie! Well, seems like there really isn't a "silver bullet" out there, which of course is no surprise. I will probably "stick" with the Avons, (pun intended), as they have been outstanding and help up much better than the Dunlops that came with the bike.
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Thanks, Eddie! Well, seems like there really isn't a "silver bullet" out there, which of course is no surprise. I will probably "stick" with the Avons, (pun intended), as they have been outstanding and help up much better than the Dunlops that came with the bike.

Pete,

I got stuck having to replace the rear CA on a trip and ended up with an Avon rear (replaced the front within a week after with the matching Avon). I still have a new set of CA's in the garage, but I must say, the Avons have performed very well in wet and dry. I'll see where I end up with the Avon's, but will eventually use the CA's I have.

I only got 3750 on the CA's. Disapointed to say the least! Not sure of the total on the Avons, but somewhere over 1800 and no sign of wear at this point at all.

If you order from SW Moto and R&R the tires on your own, I would suggest you at least try them.

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Just wanted to add my 2 cents. I have a 98 K rs. I have nearly 10,000 miles on conti road attack tires! All i can say is, I will be putting another set on in about1,000 miles!
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How on earth do you get 10K miles with any tire on a K?
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I've got about 35,000 miles on a KRS and tried most of the popular tires on the thread. I really like the Conti RA's so far. I did a track day and they stuck like shit to a blanket...then rode home and hit some rain and they didn't flinch. I really like the way they feel, but I'm not sure how they'll feel towards the end of their life. I loved the Pilot Powers for the first 2/3rds of their life but the last third was horrible. Time will tell. I may be a little caught up on looks, but I do think the CA's are the best lookin' tire out there!! Just my 2 cents worth
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How on earth do you get 10K miles with any tire on a K?

Never exceed 40mph and live in the Corn Belt .
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Well that can't be fun,and a waste of good tires also.
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Well I now have approx a total of 175000 miles on my 3 Krs's.
Went through 8 sets one nice long summer.
The best match for me was a front Pilot Sport which gave me 7500 miles and a P Road that gave me 5500. Unfortunately, when they went to the P Power, I tried the front and barely got 2800 out of it.I now run PRoads fr and rr.
Still not enough milage for touring.
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Well I now have approx a total of 175000 miles on my 3 Krs's.
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I have to give a 's up for the Avon ST45/46 too. I did my last tire change right before the HBR in October and just checked my mileage... just over 6K and looks like I should be able to get another couple of hundred easy. This is my 2nd set and I'll definitely get a 3rd before the THCR!

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