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Joined: Sat Sep 12, 2015 12:26 pm
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Location: Farmington, New Mexico.
My Ninja came with Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S20F E (front) and S20R E (rear). I now have a bit over 3500 miles on them, and the rear is getting very close to needing replaced.

The manual suggests the above mentioned Bridgestones, or Metzeler TL Sportec M5 Interact E, as replacements.

I want a longer lasting tire than the Bridgestones, if possible. Would the Metzelers last longer? Or is there something else with the same speed rating (maybe Dunlop or Michelin?) that would last longer? I don't mind paying extra for extra tread life, as I prefer longer intervals between tire swaps over cost savings.

Thanks in advance.

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Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:05 pm
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I'm Very impressed with the Pirelli Angel GT. I commute quite a bit on my bike, and ride quite a bit of highway. They provide all the grip I could want in the corners, yet still hold up good in terms of life. I'm at 7K miles on mine, and they will probably last another 3K.


Sun Sep 13, 2015 11:25 am
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rod442 wrote:
I'm Very impressed with the Pirelli Angel GT. I commute quite a bit on my bike, and ride quite a bit of highway. They provide all the grip I could want in the corners, yet still hold up good in terms of life. I'm at 7K miles on mine, and they will probably last another 3K.


Nice. I commute a lot too. I'm not much for major lean in corners, but I do want plenty of grip.

Are they rated for the same high speed as the Bridgestones and Metzlers?

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Sun Sep 13, 2015 11:44 am
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My stock bridgestones s20 evo wore out in a little over 3k with easy 2up riding. I replaced them with bridgestone t30 sport touring tires. They have soft sides with a harder center for longevity. Never had a traction issue. I have had great success in the past with this set-up and they are very reasonably priced.


Sun Sep 13, 2015 1:36 pm
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I decided to order some Michelin Pilot Road 4. I had Pilot Road 3 on my 2008 Yamaha FJR1300, and they worked very well and had long tread life. I even got caught in an unexpected snowstorm leaving work at 11pm one night, and I made it home just fine. I was even the first vehicle to leave the plant, so I had no tire tracks to ride in. The Pilot Road 4 is supposed to be improved over the 3, so I expect better tires.

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Sat Sep 19, 2015 8:46 pm
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Location: montana
I got @ 8000 on a set of PR4's

by far the best mileage of any tire ive used on the 14 ( Angels, Roadsmart 2's next best)

the last 1000 miles or so I should have tossed them as the bike was terribly undecided as to where it wanted to go

front & rear both scalloped badly, I'm not a fan of all the siping.

a set of PR2's arrived tonight & will be mounted shortly


Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:43 pm
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Couple sets or Road 2's, both of which went 8000 miles, The handling deteriorated rapidly after 7000.
Angel 's lasted almost 6000, front wore worse than back.
Just mounted a set of Road 4's...got 9000 + out of the last set.
Not as confidence inspiring as the Angels but considerably better mileage.
For the price, hard to beat Road 2's.


Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:47 pm
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I did the Avon Storm XM 3D on my '13 ZX14R and really like them. Similar grip to the PR4 in the twisties but seem softer on little bumps while in a straight line (commute). No chance to check wet weather yet, I'm in NorCal (bone dry).

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Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:33 pm
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Just mounted the PR 2's

not an issue i guess ifn you dont mount them yourself but they

seemed to almost jump on the rims compared to the PR4's and Angels & Dunlops :thumbs:


Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:09 am
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PR 2's

2400 miles over a long weekend

all hiway miles

at 1600 miles I got into spearfish canyon by sturgis. flatted bad enough to make handling very poor.


Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:15 pm
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logmaster wrote:
PR 2's

2400 miles over a long weekend

all hiway miles

at 1600 miles I got into spearfish canyon by sturgis. flatted bad enough to make handling very poor.



That's a pretty curvy road.....lot's of good riding in the Black Hills....
Sounds like you had a good ride, what states did you go through? ( Montana and South Dakota obviously ) :vroom:

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Wed Oct 14, 2015 5:31 pm
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:13 am
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logmaster wrote:
I was headed back to my sister's in Red Wing MN, which is @ 950 miles so I decided to make an Iron Butt run of it ( I live @ Big Timber MT) & went over to fargo & cut down 29 to sioux falls then east. Since the days are short & the deer are starting to move I didnt want to run in the dark on 2 lane roads.

I love the Black hills when there's no one there.

Coming back the wind was a bitch. Probably shouldnt have been on the road. But went back across SD and was so sick of interstate that i detoured a little at sturgis. Had a quick ride from Belle Fourche to Crow Agency MT, with a fuel stop i still averaged over 90 mph for that stretch. The 14 has long legs :)


Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:14 am
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