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post #51 of 54 Old 01-23-2020, 10:46 AM
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I am new to this forum and have been riding for 53 years and have logged over 500,000 miles. I am now 72 and I got my first sport bike at 63, a BMW K1300S. I never got more than 3000 miles out of a variety of different brands of tires. I have used Pirelli Angel GTs, Michelin PR3s, Bridgestones, and Dunlops. In my experience Dunlops suck except on Harleys which I also have ridden my entire riding life. My new 2018 Suzuki GSX S1000F came stock with Dunlop SportMax which I have my doubts about based on my past experience. I also have a 2014 Kawasaki Concours, 2008 Gold Wing, and 1997 Heritage. The Wing does best on Bridgestones (7000 mi). The Harley on Dunlops and the Kawi on Pirellis. I never got more than 3000 mi on any tire I put on the Concours. I'm excited about my new Suzuki and I'm looking forward to trying the different tire brands and pressures recommended here. In closing I would like to say that this is the first chain driven bike I've had since my 1980 Harley Wide Glide. When I rode it home from the dealer (2 hrs away) I was awed at the instant, raw power of the chain driven GSX 1000. I appreciate all the great information ya'll provide.
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Hey rock3822, good to have you here. It looks like you have a lot of riding experience! For what it is worth, the OEM Dunlop D204 tires that come on the GSX-S1000 are not the greatest tires. Their best attribute is they wear out quickly so you can slip on some much better rubber sooner rather than later. Not all Dunlop rubber is crap though. I've had D208s that were really quite good until the last 500 to 800 miles and then the grip fell off. But like you, I tend to avoid Dunlop rubber when looking for replacement tires.

Generally I've been happy with Michelin, Metzeler, and Pirelli products. But as you noted, tires on a 145 rwhp bike don't live a long life. I rarely see more than 4000 miles from a rear tire; usually less. Probably my weight and riding style that leads to the quick death of rubber. But getting a sportbike and whining about tire life is like getting a supermodel wife and then crying about other men hitting on her - you made your choices and this is the life that comes with it.

I hope you enjoy your Gixxus and we look forward to hearing more from you.
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post #53 of 54 Old 01-23-2020, 05:01 PM
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have s21 on now with 12000 miles ,changing them this winter to s22 ...
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Stock is an outlier on the s21s, 8-10k for front and hate to agree with frog, 4k for the rear. Fantastic dry hot weather grip, never felt comfortable in corners in the wet though. Moved to the road5 in the front and it's noticeably more competent in cold/wet, will go to r5 on rear when s21 dies.
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