First Impressions: Continental Road Attack 2 R1200RT
Here are my impressions of the Road Attack 2s after completing 10,000 miles on a set of Michelin Pilot Road 2s.
While we're there though, I'll say the PR2s wore like stone. I never felt uncomfortable with the tires handling.
Though the PR2s wore like stone, they had cupped so badly that I could hardly stand the noise. It was most evident on concrete pavement slightly off the center of the tire.
I had ordered a set of PR3s; however, the "extra cord" tire for the RT was not available for any price from anyone.
Now for the RA2 impressions:
Although I obviously cannot comment on longevity, I can certainly tell you that they didn't feel like new tires. The "Traction Skin" works.
Handling of the RT has improved drastically from replacing the squared off Pilot Road 2s. Turn in on the Contis is smooth and progressive.
Grip. Within the first 100 miles of the tires, I started to push them through the corners. No bad behaviour. Nothing but confidence.
Ride. This one surprised me. I think the PR2s are so hard that they make the bike ride rough. Not the Contis. They seem to help soak up the bumps.
I ran my hands across them in the garage after my ride. They're as sticky as a 2 year old after desert. If these things last 3000 miles, I'll be astounded. We'll see.
They definitely are intended more for sport than touring. They may be more appropriate on an R1200R than an R12RT.
Depending on how long they last and how they wear, I may have a new favourite tire.
Final Impressions: Continental Road Attack 2 on R1200RT
I've now completed exactly (believe it or not) 5,000 miles on the Conti RA2s...
* Front has 3/32 of tread remaining.
* Rear has approximately 4/32 remaining.
Wear was my primary concern after these tires were mounted and turns out is my only complaint.
* handled well.
* had excellent grip.
* soaked up the bumps quite nicely.
* did not cup.
I should be more excited about these tires, but for the type of riding I do (longer trips including twisties and interstate highway), they don't wear quite long enough.
Before someone posts a reply saying I replaced perfectly good tires; don't. Between the front being so close to gone and the profiles being more square than round, I was ready to move on.
I replaced these tires with a set of Bridgestone Battlax BT-023 GT. Look for my post on this forum giving first impressions.