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post #1 of 23 Old 07-16-2019, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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9,082 miles - rear rubber

Returned yesterday from a relaxing 700 mile day trip two-up-style.

Was on my way to help a friend with some yard work and discovered this during my pre-ride inspection.

After viewing this photo my father would undoubtedly ask me: Did they sell you the whole tire or just the middle - lol

The mechanic where I take my BMW recommends the Michelin tire for me.
He made his case for it and why he recommended it over the Dunlop and others we discussed.
New Michelin tires being installed Thursday.
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There is thy gold, worse poison to men's souls,
Doing more murders in this loathsome world,
Than these poor compounds that thou mayst not sell.
I sell thee poison; thou hast sold me none.

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post #2 of 23 Old 07-16-2019, 02:51 PM
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I don't get below the minimum tread markers

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The tread marker indicates the tire is fine. This has been the problem with the Metzler Z8 since way back with my first GT in 2011.
You would have thought they would have put some sort of tread marker someplace closer to the middle but it's the same problem year after year. That has cost them as many of us refuse to buy another set.

The Michelin is a fine tire but a bit expensive. It also has a soft sidewall that spirited riders find annoying. With the Michelin tread design you'll at least know how far till the end of life.
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Than these poor compounds that thou mayst not sell.
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Returned yesterday from a relaxing 700 mile day trip two-up-style.

Was on my way to help a friend with some yard work and discovered this during my pre-ride inspection.

After viewing this photo my father would undoubtedly ask me: Did they sell you the whole tire or just the middle - lol

The mechanic where I take my BMW recommends the Michelin tire for me.
He made his case for it and why he recommended it over the Dunlop and others we discussed.
New Michelin tires being installed Thursday.
Does your mechanic ride a K1600?

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After viewing this photo my father would undoubtedly ask me: Did they sell you the whole tire or just the middle - lol

My Dad woulda said "get it recapped" or "have your mechanic save the old tires that other people have taken off; they're still good for a long time."
God rest his soul.

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@Gunnert He rides a R 1250 GS and has always ridden those bikes.

In your opinion, should I reconsider? I am a spirited rider. And, ride in all conditions.

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I swear by the Dunlop RSIII. It's a great, all-weather, all-around, tire and one of the least expensive out there. Mileage is better than any other I've tried and I've tried Metzler, Michelin, and Pirellis. I have seen 1 rear Dunlop that was trash at 1k miles but that's the only one. I like to ride my ride and think most that have ridden with me may say I'm a 'spirited rider'.

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So, you managed 9,000 + miles out of the Z8's. Thats excellent mileage. When I had my GT, I got over 8k out of it, and probably, could have made it to 9, but put on different tires. I actually liked the Z8's.
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Those look like Bridgestone T30s to me but the cords are reminiscent of Z8s for sure!

Iím not a fan of the Michelins (PR4) when pushed hard and they are more expensive that other options. Thatís based on my RT, havenít put a set on the GT.

Got Dunlop RS IIIs on the bike now, they have been great. I mounted them before my trip to upstate NY last month and they have about 4000 miles on them of which only about 700 miles was on the interstate. The bike was loaded up and I tip the scales around 275 without gear. The rear is at about 1.7mm and will need to come off soon. The rear looks and feels like itís done a track day but I traveled the Cherohala Skyway, the Snake in TN, twice on the back of the Dragon in VA and across WV two lanes twice. I push the bike hard through the curvesÖcouldnít ask more from a tire from my perspective. However, they are a tad noisy but nothing like the Metzler Roadtec and that really dosent bother me much anyways.

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