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    Tires for 2013 R1200RT?

    I found some 2 year old threads on tires but nothing recent. Are PR3's still the preferred tire for the RT?

    I have 8,800 on the factory tires and the rear is cupping so may need to replace the tires soon.
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    Michelin just started selling the next generation: Pilot Road 4. I haven't figured out the differences yet, but they come in three versions (maybe like the "B" version for the rear tire in the PR3 line).

    Here's a URL/link from RevZilla which gives some basic information:http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/m...t-road-4-tires

    I didn't see much about price and availability.

    Also, according to Michelin, the GT version of the Pilot Road 4 is going to be standard or OEM equipment on the liquid-cooled 2014 R1200RT.
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    The PRIIs are a bit cheaper, about $20 a tire, and work just as well if not better in my hands. Some will claim that PRIIIs have better wet traction, which I don't think is true, and MOST street riders don't ride aggressively enough in the rain to tell any difference. So, for me, PRIIs are a better deal. But certainly you can't go wrong with either.

    Also, the spec'd tires are for loaded touring or two up. I don't ride two up or loaded, and so I use the regular rear tire, thus saving around another $20.

    I'm going to give the Pilot Powers a spin next time on my RT. I have these on my track bike.
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    FWIW, I've had Conti Attacks, Metzeler Z8, Michelin PR3's and now I'm running the Dunlop Roadsmart 2's. The Dunlops are wearing the best so far. See a review I put up on the BMWRT site here http://bmwsporttouring.com/ubbthread...248#Post783248

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    I have the PR3's balanced with Dynabeads and love them. Great mileage to date and will go to PR4's sometime next year when and if necessary. I previously ran the PR2 tires, but they did not have anywhere near the mileage that the 3's do, and tended to develop a bad shoulder on the front tire that literally howled when I went into a turn. The first time that happened it startled me so badly that I stopped and checked for a bad wheel bearing. The 3's are just beginning to show some squaring at over 9,500 miles and still have plenty of tread front and rear. I never had any PR2 go much over 5000 miles before they were worn out..
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    In my hands PR3's give 10-11 K in rear and 12K front in touring and some mountain play use. They are quieter at all stages of use than a PR2 that gives about 1/3 less life in my hands. If there is any consensus tire for an RT, the PR3 is it. I prefer the handling of the stiffer rear carcass but many may not notice the difference.

    I've got a few sets left in the garage so it will probably be next summer before I get into PR4's. The PR3 will a tough act to follow- there is very little left to improve compared to the PR2 which is a bit noisey when new and gets howling nasty when it gets worn due to the large unsiped tread blocks (first time it happened to me I thought something had failed in the rear of the bike and stopped to check out the sound source)

    If you rip up tires in track play, you can ignore the above and use whatever you like- you probably need to save some cash anyway..

    On the RT, BMW doesn't fit the best available tires as OEM. Mine had Bridgestone 020's which were no better than tires from the 70s and 80s- basically total crap with no wet traction, no cold traction, tramlining over everything, etc etc. The worst tire I've had on any of my bikes in the past decade. I ran Dunlop RoadSmarts for a while and they're OK but the Michelins are all around better in every aspect I can think of- sort of a good and best comparison.

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    I went with PR3's and couldn't be happier, you won't be disappointed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by racer7 View Post

    If you rip up tires in track play, you can ignore the above and use whatever you like- you probably need to save some cash anyway..

    On the RT, BMW doesn't fit the best available tires as OEM. Mine had Bridgestone 020's which were no better than tires from the 70s and 80s- basically total crap with no wet traction, no cold traction, tramlining over everything, etc etc. The worst tire I've had on any of my bikes in the past decade.
    Yes, I eat up tires in about 2k, so that's why I don't think I see any more miles out of PRIIIs, the edges are gone long before the center.

    You're not the first to say the Bridgestones are lousy. I've not tried them because I rarely find anyone who likes them. And when I do, it's a guy who gets 10k out of his tires and so the comparison is meaningless.
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    [QUOTE=roborider;913025]Yes, I eat up tires in about 2k, so that's why I don't think I see any more miles out of PRIIIs, the edges are gone long before the center. [QUOTE]

    2,000 miles! Wow! Don't believe I could do that unless I went to the local Harley "Burn Out and Noise" competition...and won. Of course I live in Indiana where the roads are mostly a checkerboard lay out...few curves other than the Interstate cloverleaf. Are you track racing?
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    [QUOTE=Motodan;913032][QUOTE=roborider;913025]Yes, I eat up tires in about 2k, so that's why I don't think I see any more miles out of PRIIIs, the edges are gone long before the center.

    2,000 miles! Wow! Don't believe I could do that unless I went to the local Harley "Burn Out and Noise" competition...and won. Of course I live in Indiana where the roads are mostly a checkerboard lay out...few curves other than the Interstate cloverleaf. Are you track racing?
    Not on the RT! But our riding is similar in the twisties, all twisties, high lean angles, hard braking, hard post apex acceleration, but speed limit in the straights. That's why I'm going to try the Powers. They have the same weight rating as the PRII/IIIs and are much cheaper. Supposed to have better grip, too, but I've never had a traction issue, wet or dry, with the II or III. But I'd like to save some tire money. At 5 sets of tires a year, I feel like I need to hang a collection jar on my bike! (It kills your MPG as well.)

    It's the twisties, though. I got something like 7000 miles out of the set I road cross country since a lot of that was straight up "Indiana" style roads. It was essentially a mountain tour: a few days in the Sierras; zip across to the Rockies in a day; a few days Rockies; zip across to the Ozarks in a day and a half; a few days Ozarks; then Smokies; then zip across to Raleigh and home.

    Straight up constant speed does wonders for tire life.

    I'm mounting the Powers this week (keeping a set of PRIIs on the rack in case I burn these powers too quickly), so I'll report on how long they last. It will be a while, though, as Jan/Feb are not good months to ride in the mountains.
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    PR3's

    I went ahead and replaced my tires with the PR3's. Obviously, I really needed them as the stability in the sweepers was so much better. These tires really give me more confidence in the ride. And I was surprised that the BMW tires were considerably cheaper than tires for my Road Glide.
    Larry
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    Anyone have any experience with Continentals new Trail Attack 2? I know it is positioned as an "adventure" tire, but just looking at the tread it sure looks like it would work well on the RT for 99% pavement. Info here.
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    use them only a lower power Transalp. Work fine as combo street and fire road tires. Many claim the new Road Attacks are a better pure street tire but I've not used them. Anyway, no real complaints in the way I'm using them- seem to handle lean angles, etc just fine.

    Just bought a pair of F800GTs that comes with Conti road tires so am about to burn up a couple sets of those to add to my bank of tire experience.

    tf the new RT has the PR4 it will be the first time BMW has put a true premium tire on the RT in at leawst a long time. Overdue and welcome.

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    Doing my research on the PR4's. I have had Bridgestone's and Metzler Z8's and am not very pleased! I have read that the Z6's by Metzler hold up well.
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    PR3s are Michelin Pilot Road 3s

    A very good tire in my view. PR2s are also a fine tire. Got the best mileage I've ever had on a set of PR2s.

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