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post #1 of 12 Old 09-18-2018, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Which tyres for a K1600B?

Hallo everybody, I have to change the first set of tyres, Bridgestone Batlax BT021 rear Batlax BT022 front.
I did 12500 km (about 7800 miles) and I'm happy about them.

Tyre repairer say they are old model and suggest Metzeler
Road Tech 01 HWM or BT30EVO (GT).

I'm looking for mileage more than extreme performance, any suggestion?

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post #2 of 12 Old 09-18-2018, 05:23 PM
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The Metzeler Road Tech 01 front is made is China so I would skip that one. Michelin is a good one especially in the rain. You know what you have with the Bridgestone so if you liked them that newer T30 is a good choice. I like the Dunlop Roadsmart 3 on my bikes.
All the above tires are Sport Touring tires however for a cruiser like the K1600B the best tire would be a long distance cruiser tire and I'm not sure they make one for the B.

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I replaced the stock tires with the BT30 Evo GT. Have about 2000 miles (3200km) on them. Very happy with them, but I got them cheap on a closeout sale. If you can’t find them over there, the T31 is the newest model if you prefer Bridgestones, but I have no experience with them.

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Regardless of where it is made, avoid the Metzler. I had both the Road Tech 01's and the z8's. You'll have no indication that the tread is running low until steel belts are showing.
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I had the same tire on my "B" you have. I went to the Dunlop Roadsmart III at 4400 miles because I was leaving on a trip and probably wouldn't get back on the original tires. I will say I did not notice a day and night difference between the two but I do like the Dunlops.

I have Pirelli's on a Concours 14 I own and like them as well.

I am fairly sure I will stick with the Dunlop's on my next purchase.
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I wasn't thrilled with the OEM Bridgestones. Pretty much toast at 6k miles. I have replaced them with Avon Spirit STs. So far I am happy with them. Feel and handling is much better in my opinion. More confidence inspiring.
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(Pirelli Angel GT A Spec) should be at the top of any ones list looking for new tires.
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Rode 8000km with the Bridgestone cheapos and hated them

RSIII for the next 8000km and they still look like new as far as remaining thread. Better feel of the road and overall better performance on every aspect.

When they are done, I'll replace them with new RSIII
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Have the Bridgestone T30 Evo on my GT and First experience is positive. Agile, quiet and so far no traction issues, but no bad weather riding yet.

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Regardless of where it is made, avoid the Metzler. I had both the Road Tech 01's and the z8's.
You'll have no indication that the tread is running low until steel belts are showing.
Indeed, many of us were perplexed by the sudden appearance of steel belts. However, up until that point, the Metzlers (Z8's in my case) were very sticky high performance tires. Sudden death was the only fault in my opinion but that has prevented repurchase for me.

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