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I need new tires...

Looks like my OEM tires are reaching EOL.

I'm considering Michelin Road 5s, Pirelli Angel STs, Metzeler M7 RRs... anything else?

I'm not worried about cost, but I do worry about wet, dry, cold stick, handling and mileage.
Just to complicate things, I'd like to hear if anybody was disappointed by going to 190/55 in the rear.
Your feedback is appreciated.

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I've got Metzeler Roadtec 01, went to 190/55.

Great in all weather conditions, I ride in rain, sleet, hail, even snow on a time or two I forgot to check the weather. Never once felt myself lose traction on them, mind you I make sure I'm riding for the conditions anyway.

Very happy with the 190/55. I honestly don't recall how the stock felt even, but I remember immediately liking the new turn in better. It's about time for a new rear for me, I'll double check the miles later, but I'm pretty sure I'm pushing, if not exceeded 10,000 miles on this tire.

One downside, the front tread pattern makes a lot more noise, and a tiny bit of vibration, I can make it about an hour non-stop highway before I have to shake out my right hand from it.
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Have had two pairs and four rears of 01s had to change the last two early due to punctures. Got 5800mls on 1st set compared to 3500mls on M7RRs.
The last/current 01 is a 190/55 with around 3000mls on. I did not get the degree of quicker steering that people had talked about so was a little disappointed in that. I don't feel as confident when really cranked over but have not had any problems. Plus I can't get to the very edge of the tyre like I can with the 190/50, so my "street cred" suffers.
Overall for my type of riding (road only) they are the best I have had so far. Will go back to 190/50 for next set.
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Two sets of Roadtec 01's -190x55. Totally happy with them in both wet and dry conditions. The rears lasted approx 11000 km and retained their profile pretty well. The fronts at the same distance were replaced too as they were starting to go out of shape.

Currently on Road 5's 190x55 simply out of curiosity. They have a higher crown than the 01's and turn in a little quicker. I only have 4000 km so far and they've been used both in the dry and biblical rain - came through both just fine. Personally, both suit how I use the bike with little to choose between them. I think most of us run out of talent before any of the major brands are found wanting. It just comes down to personal choice.
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I'd go with michillen when ever possible. There are other good brands/tires out there but, I've never had a michellen I didn't like. Their rain performance is second to none.
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s21..read up about them
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Sounds like you want a longer lasting tire , you can't go wrong with the Michelin PR5. If your leaning towards a sportier tire I love my Pirelli's . I have the Michelins on my FJ09 they are good a milage tire. My Suzuki will always have the stickier tire.
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my favorite so far are the pirelli rosso 3's, awesome grip with mega feedback, plus they lasted well
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On all my bikes I've been using Avon Storm 3Dxm's. They wear like IRON and I've noticed no difference in the grip over BStones or Dunlops. I put 10k miles on a set before I sold my FZ-09 and they had more than half the tread life left and I push them pretty hard.
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PR 5 and 190/ 55 for the win

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