Having had at least one set of the most commonly used tires for the K1600 series, I can say that there is not a bad tire being made these days. I have found that there are differences among the brands and models, but they are slight and somewhat personal to the rider and his/her style, conditions and level of riding. I don’t pay attention to price as my life and enjoyment can’t be compromised by the savings on one brand or model over the others when buying the most critical parts that keep the rest of my bike and my person from mating with, or looking up from six feet under, the surface of the earth.
For me, I would rank them as follows:
1. Dunlop RSIII- stickiest, quietest, best overall performer.
2. Metzler Roadtech 01 (the slightest edge to Dunlops, which keep their profiles a bit longer than the 01s and overall last a bit longer than the 01s mileage wise)
3. Metzler Z8-the aftermarket Z8s, not the ones that come OEM, which, while great performers in all road conditions, die before you can blink, and, in either case, you need to watch for sudden death. They were my go to tires until the 01s, and later, the RSIIs, came along.
4. Angel GT (perfectly great tires all around with, by far, the shortest life not counting the OEM Z8s.)
5. Bridgestone Battleax- not so good in the wet. Not as confidence inspiring at speed in the twisties as 1. and 2.
6. PR4-if you want a tire that can go longer than any of the others (except maybe the RSIIIs) and don’t care that they lose their profiles very early in their long comparatively poorly performing lives, these are the tires for you.
Last edited by GTLen; 05-16-2019 at 02:11 AM.