Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 18

Thread: Tire Recommendations for R1100-RT

  1. #1
    Danny T
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Rochester, NY
    Posts
    17

    Tire Recommendations for R1100-RT

    Morning All,

    I hope this isn't a repeat of a previous thread, but I am looking for suggestions regarding tires for my 2000 R1100-RT. I did a forum search on tires, but it came back with nothing.

    I just got back from the Tail of the Dragon and saw that I am down to the cords. It had Metzler Roadtecs on it when I bought the bike last fall and am looking for a tire that will give me some mileage and consistent grip.

    Any thoughts?
    Danny T (Deer Hunter)
    2000 R1100RT, 2000 Aprilia Mille, 2000 V-Star 1100

  2. #2
    Registered User kgadley01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    South Carolina
    Posts
    3,533
    On my 99 R1100RT I ran the Metzeler ME 880. I really liked them and the mileage was good. JMHO
    AKA SNAPGADGET
    Lifes too short to ride an ugly Motorcycle

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    327
    I was very happy with a set of Bridgestone BT-023 (since replaced by the T30) on my 2000 R1100RT. Replaced them at about 12,000 miles. They probably had another 1,000-2,000 miles in them if I'd wanted to push it a bit. Currently very happy with Michelin Pilot Road 3 at 6,000+ miles and no sign of squaring off, good tread left.
    2000 R1100RT / 1987 K75C (RIP) / Santa Clarita, CA

  4. #4
    MOA #24991 Pauls1150's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    south of Los Angeles
    Posts
    1,520
    The 880s are pretty fair, but it's hard to beat those Pilot Roads. Very well balanced, great feedback and wet-road capability. (Geeze tires have gotten expensive lately... glad I have a couple stashed in the garage... You're in the northeast, so check prices at Revzilla.) If you spend time in twisties, Pilot Powers are great.

  5. #5
    Left Coast Rider
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Vancouver Canada
    Posts
    1,058
    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls1150 View Post
    The 880s are pretty fair, but it's hard to beat those Pilot Roads.
    Agreed.

    Excellent mileage from the Michelins as well.

  6. #6
    RK Ryder
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    London, Ontario
    Posts
    2,044
    Quote Originally Posted by kgadley01 View Post
    On my 99 R1100RT I ran the Metzeler ME 880. I really liked them and the mileage was good. JMHO
    I had Metzeler's ME 880s on my '98 R1100RT. I found the ride to be very rough 13,000 miles. Currently the bike has Metzler's Z8s. I don't how long they'll last but I have a much smoother ride with the Z8s.
    Paul
    Retired and riding my RTs, the '87 K100 & the '98 R1100 !
    Treasurer of the Forest City Motorrad Club #159
    Knights of the Roundel #333

  7. #7
    Registered User dieselyoda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    Posts
    555
    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls1150 View Post
    The 880s are pretty fair, but it's hard to beat those Pilot Roads. Very well balanced, great feedback and wet-road capability. (Geeze tires have gotten expensive lately... glad I have a couple stashed in the garage... You're in the northeast, so check prices at Revzilla.) If you spend time in twisties, Pilot Powers are great.
    PR3's turn my bike into a different animal.
    1997 R1100RT (Restored Basket Case) , 1981 KZ 440 LTD (Restored Basket Case)
    1986 K75S(the beutch), 1993 K1100RS (blown engine), 1997 Chev Short Box (4x4 with an LT1)
    "You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him."

  8. #8
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    327
    Quote Originally Posted by dieselyoda View Post
    PR3's turn my bike into a different animal.
    In the first 6,000 miles, I honestly can't say I notice much difference between the PR3s and the BT-023s (which cost 25% less).

    Some have made the case to me that the PR3s will maintain their profile longer into their life, and that they have better wet performance. The first I'll know in, say, 6,000 miles; the second I guess I pretty much have to take on faith. Hard to do an A/B test on that.
    2000 R1100RT / 1987 K75C (RIP) / Santa Clarita, CA

  9. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Planet Earth
    Posts
    276
    In the first 6,000 miles, I honestly can't say I notice much difference between the PR3s and the BT-023s (which cost 25% less).

    Some have made the case to me that the PR3s will maintain their profile longer into their life, and that they have better wet performance. The first I'll know in, say, 6,000 miles; the second I guess I pretty much have to take on faith. Hard to do an A/B test on that.
    I had a Bridgestone BT-023, which lasted 6k miles. Both the Michelin PR2 and PR3 last about 10k for both the front and rear tire. The Metzler front tire lasted 18k and rear tires lasted about 7k. Right now I use my bike primarily as a commuter bike, so I drive the bike on the same route each day. 75% asphalt, and 25% concrete. Mainly highway driving at 55-60 mph, with few turns. Only a couple stop lights during my 35 mile commute one-way.

    While I don't like Bridgestone, I have to admit they performed very well in wet and dry conditions. Actually much better then I had expected. They seem to stick to the road almost as well as the Michelins. But, they wear out faster. While the Bridgestones are cheaper in price, they don't last as long, so they are not a better value for me.

    The Michelin rear tires are excellent. Very happy with them. I usually change them out with 2.5mm of rubber left to reach the threads. That is the point where the groves are no longer visible on the tire. I could probably travel another 2-3k before I reached the threads. The front tires wear out way too fast. Michelin actually puts very little rubber on the front tire, which annoys me. I also have to run more air pressure (36-38 psi) on the front tire to keep the cupping down to a minimum. A stronger sidewall and more rubber would make the front tire a premium tire. The front tires wear out on the sidewalls before the top of the tire. Rear tires wears out on the top of the tire. Sticks very well on wet and dry pavement. Very sticky on hot concrete. Love the rear tire, but I am ambivalent with the front tire. Michelin does not make the PR4 for my model of bike, so I can't comment on the PR4. I understand that they have two versions of the PR4. The better version has a stiffer sidewall. I believe that the wear is the same as the PR3, but I could be wrong.

    Metzler tires had long wear for the front, and not so good for the rear. Would switch back if they update their tires. In my opinion they seem to be out of date. Especially on wet road performance. But, maybe that is my perception. The sidewalls appeared stronger then the Michelins.

    Right now, my preferred tire mfg is Michelin. But, I am unhappy with the front tire. Will be ordering a new set of PR3's in the next month. But, I am keeping an eye out for a better tire in the future.

  10. #10
    Left Coast Rider
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Vancouver Canada
    Posts
    1,058
    Quote Originally Posted by 23217 View Post
    While I don't like Bridgestone, I have to admit they performed very well in wet and dry conditions. Actually much better then I had expected.

    So what's not to like?

    The Michelin...The front tires wear out way too fast.

    I've had bigger issues with Dunlop Roadsmart wearing out really fast. Not so with my Pilot Road

    I also have to run more air pressure (36-38 psi) on the front tire to keep the cupping down to a minimum.

    Could be you have a suspension issue. I typically run 33 psi and suffer no cupping on any tire I put on my bikes.

    I understand that they have two versions of the PR4. The better version has a stiffer sidewall. I believe that the wear is the same as the PR3, but I could be wrong.

    A different version has a stiffer sidewall. Wear of the PR4 is allegedly in the area of 20% better.
    Good discussion.

  11. #11
    Danny T
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Rochester, NY
    Posts
    17
    Great discussion and input. I had to make a quick decision because I was down to the cords. I was leaning toward changing to the Michelin PR3's but had been told they will be discontinued and the 4's don't have the 18" for the rear. That being said, I took the easy way out and ordered the Metzler Z8's. I got good mileage on the Z6's and they did seem to ride smoothly. Also, considering I went down to the cords on the Dragon and it still held was impressive; even in the on and off rain we rode through.

    Thanks all. Maybe we should have a sticky for tire comparisons for different bikes and riding styles.
    Danny T (Deer Hunter)
    2000 R1100RT, 2000 Aprilia Mille, 2000 V-Star 1100

  12. #12
    Day Dreaming ... happy wanderer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Vancouver, B.C. Canada
    Posts
    1,960
    Sad to see the Michelin PR2 fading from the shelves now that the PR4 is out. Love that tire on the RT. Rolls in nice and long lasting. Apparently the PR3 will be gone soon too. I just ordered my first PR3 front just to try it out but I hear they are no better or worse than the PR2 was. Time will tell I guess. I still have an unused Roadsmart 2 in the shed that I MUST use up! My rear always seems to go when I'm far from home.

    What I do notice is every version of Michelin in the last four years has risen in price about 15 to 30 bucks.
    MJM - BeeCeeBeemers Motorcycle Club Vancouver B.C.
    '81 R80G/S, '82 R100RS, '00 R1100RT

  13. #13
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Northern Front Range, CO
    Posts
    6,424
    Quote Originally Posted by happy wanderer View Post
    I just ordered my first PR3 front just to try it out but I hear they are no better or worse than the PR2 was. Time will tell I guess.
    Not my experience AT ALL!
    Ran the original PRs on my R11S. Loved them, until I tried the Pirelli Diablo Strada. In comparison, the PR felt wooden. Ran MANY sets of the Pirellis. Then I tried the PR2. An improvement from the PR1, but still liked the Pirellis better. Preferred the feel and handling of Conti Road Attack, but life was not so great. Spooned on a set of the PR3s last summer, now have 6K on 'em. They are a great tire, and I still have a ton of miles left on them. BIG improvement from the PR2s. Touring mode, canyon mode, even dirt.. all good. Have a set of the new Pirelli Angel GTs waiting to put on next, but these PR3s are just not wearing out.
    EVERYthing I read on line said they were worth the uptick in price over the PR2s, and NOthing indicated that the 4s were massively better.

    If you could get the PR3s at a good price, they would do you very well. And just from my experience with the Pirellis, I would not hesitate to suggest the Angel GTs.
    Ride Safe, Ride Lots

  14. #14
    Registered User ratze's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    US, EAST TNN.
    Posts
    141
    the pr4 gt got me 12.5k, excellent set of tires. i really could have pushed them another 3k but needed a more aggressive set for the haul road. handling was superb as well. metzlers are a bit rough riding for my liking.
    The pursuit of reality at all cost.

  15. #15
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Posts
    7
    Pity about the PR3,s being phased out. i ran 10000 miles in 11 days on the '13 IBR on my 2000 rt..will keep using them till i am forced to try something else..

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •