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Good commuter tire

I'm tired of burning through my Metz sportecs in four months with all the commuting. Is there a tire out there that would be a good compromise between performance and mileage for my S?

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Old 12-09-2004, 12:16 PM
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Haven't tried the Metz Z-6??? Good all around perf and mileage.
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Old 12-09-2004, 12:18 PM
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Almost any sport touring tire. Bridgestone 020's, Michelin Pilot Roads, Metzler Z6.
Old 12-09-2004, 12:19 PM
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Yes.

Try the Conti Road Attack.
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what's your impression of the Attacks ck?
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I'm on my second set of RoadAttacks and love them, but don't expect great mileage. I got almost 6000 out of my first set and won't be expecting more than that on this set. On my RS I used to get 9000 to 12000 regularly out of a set of Bridgestone 020's.
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I haven't got enough miles on them yet to tell. The weathers been snowing every weekend lately, even in the desert. Probably 300 miles is all. But they feel really good so far. Course I will probably never be able to comment on rain. And kind of funky tread pattern too that looks good on the bike.
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Got my best mileage from the Dulops that came OEM on my bike...can't remember, 205's? 208's?
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Bridgestone BT 20's are great tires that last quite long and handle good.I got about 7000 km from my last rear bt 20.Up front I have a BT 14(al though I do think it is wearing slower then the previous bt 10) and it's hard to tell how long this would last but I don't wanna compromise on grip at the front.
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I got 6k miles out of the rear Pirelli Diablo (regular, not Corsa) on my 1150GS, and that includes 2 track days.

I got 7500 out of a Z-6, but it stopped handling very well after about 5k.

I still have the Diablo on the front, and it looks like it will go another 3k at least.

The last set of Sportec's I put on my R1100S only went 3500 or so.

The BT020's on either bike are good at first and then continuously degrade in feel as they wear. I got about 6500 out of a rear BT020 on the S.

Naturally, YMMV, so to speak.
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Thanks for all of the good replies.
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good point Prof, wear as they go, I keep thinking there is something wrong with me or the bikes suspension everytime I get on board my Z6-shod S....now thet have over 4000miles on them...as soon as I mount ANY new tire, the handling is sweet again and I fall in love all over....
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Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that the Diablo's have LOTS of grip and really inspire a lot of confidence.

And they felt great even on the last ride I took on them before I had to change out the rear because I had worn it down to the outer liner of the carcass, nearly had threads showing.

They are definitely my favorites right now.
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CK, I've just recently passed the 4k mark and they're just now starting to show any signs of wear. I've felt WAY more confident since taking off the Z4's.

Seen some reports of quick wear through on the Z6's over on the BMWST.com board. (not dissing the Metzlers at all folks just reporting what I've read. )
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Im on my second set of met z6 on the BCR. I had bridgestone 020 on my V11 sport Guzzi and they cupped bad at 3000 miles. the z6 are on both my bikes and they don't have chicken strips.
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My best luck have been with Avons AV45's and AV46's. However, I am on my first set - 7,000 miles and 2-3,000 left with signs of cupping just starting to show. I have gone through six sets of BT 020's (6,500 miles average), one set of Pilot Sports (3,000 miles), and one set of 205's (6500 miles).
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After burning through a set of Bridgestone BT014s in 5 weeks (4,400 miles), I quickly realized I'd go broke running sport tires. I'm back on BT020s like I ran for many years on my R11RS. I always got 8k to 12k miles out of the 020s and loved their handling. Still on my first set of 020s on the S but I'd expect to get similar mileage.
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I've got over 13k on some 020s, and there is still life in the rear. The front is almost gone though. On a back road trip up to Whistler, they handled the twisties just fine. There's a little sidewall sqirm approaching max lean, but the grip is good. I'm running 34f and 38r for pressures.

Since I commute over 2k a month, I'm still sorting out what I want. I'm trying Z6s next - they'll be going on after Christmas.

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