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Re: Love New Tires, Hate Researching and Buying Them
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2021, 11:53:12 pm »
Motorcycle tires have gotten so good, I don't worry about it anymore.  I just buy whichever brand is on sale or has the best rebate when I need tires.

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Re: Love New Tires, Hate Researching and Buying Them
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2021, 11:59:13 pm »
I remember my first time out in massive rains during a long distance, multi-day trip. It took quite some time to learn to trust the tires and, exactly as been said, release that death grip with my both my hands and my legs. On that trip, I learned that those metal joints on bridges and giant paint strips are really fun in the pouring rain. And while I almost dismissed the center groves on the AGTIIs, I simply decided that I wanted to avoid the possibility all together.
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Re: Love New Tires, Hate Researching and Buying Them
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2021, 03:47:27 pm »
*Originally Posted by trophied [+]
:005:  Let me go look at my feelers, nope no wear there!  You being sarcastic with me again about my abilities???? :745:

Yes I am.  :431:

The truth is, you ride like a perfect gentleman.  :038:
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Re: Love New Tires, Hate Researching and Buying Them
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2021, 03:51:50 pm »
*Originally Posted by smash [+]
Motorcycle tires have gotten so good, I don't worry about it anymore.  I just buy whichever brand is on sale or has the best rebate when I need tires.

You are so correct in observing how remarkably Motorcycle Tire Technology has improved from the old bias ply tube type tires. With that said, it doesn’t seem to stop me in my quest for the perfect tire!  :125:
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Re: Love New Tires, Hate Researching and Buying Them
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2021, 04:08:34 pm »
It doesn't stop me either, obviously.  Obsessed, I become.  LOL!
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Re: Love New Tires, Hate Researching and Buying Them
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2021, 06:50:33 pm »
I think most of us are in search of the great grip wet and dry 100,000 mile life tire! :745:
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Re: Love New Tires, Hate Researching and Buying Them
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2021, 07:00:49 pm »
Well, yeah. LOL!
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Re: Love New Tires, Hate Researching and Buying Them
« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2021, 02:00:33 am »
Hmmm - I dug out my paperwork on the RoadSmart III's - I put them on at 6000 miles and 3 years ago this spring. They've been solid, stable, no drama in wet or dry.

Went outside to run the snowblower over the driveway and decided to warm up the Trophy and look it over. Noticed I have 15.5k miles now and tires looked great, then started fishing for the wear bars with a fingernail to verify that "great" was accurate. (The wear bars on the RoadSmart III's are almost invisible - you have to run a finger down the grooves to find it.) Looks like I have 1-2mm front and 2-3mm rear, and the front are starting to scallop. The sides still look great, but the centers are getting sort of shallow. These started at 4mm front, 7mm rear.

I was hoping to get 3-5k more out of these based on the sides, but now I'm guessing it'll be a lot less. Might be time to head to Alaska Leather and order that 888, and then see what the long-life front is these days - the RoadTec 01, the R5 or the RS3/4. Realistically, all of them will probably be great, so I guess we'll see what's on sale :-)