Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Eastern Ontario
Tires threads are like oil threads. Everyone has an opinion, here's mine.....lol
Keep in mind, I rarely ride freeway, and I ride 2up at least 50% of the time. I ride at a spirited pace, but not crazy.
On this 2014 FJR I have run : Bridgstone 023 (worst wearing tire, Front tire was on the wearbars at 7500km. Only set to wear out front first of all the following tires.
(1set) PR4's: Tire handled lazy, bump absorption was rough through the tire (GT). Our less than pristine Ontario roads. Worked okay, and mileage was decent (off at 15000km, rear at wear bars). Squirmy on tar snakes, and front cupped more than any other tire I have run on this bike.
Here's what you wanted feedback on: (3sets) of Pirelli GT (A spec). These are the best tires I have seen on tar snakes. They stick at least as well or better than the PR4 , in the wet, or dry, much better in the cold. Front tire cups near the end but 15000km is attainable. (I had one set at 18000km,(past done), one at 15K to wear bars, one off at 10K for a trip.
(2 sets of Dunlop RS 3's). Best front tire wear to any. maintains profile well, gets noisy as it wears. Rear not a good cold weather tire, Its gets slippery until REALLY warmed up.
I recently installed a set of the Angel GT 11 (A spec). Which have about 5000km now. (The front tread does not cause ANY issues on the roads I ride to date.) They are wearing as expected and I expect to see 15000km.
I keep wear records of all my tires at 5K, 10K, 15K.
Now for the A spec. My opinion and experience only. I have had a rear flat, and a front flat at speed (tire repairable with plugs)(both from screws picked up on road). Both times nothing unexpectedly happened, slowing and stopping was not an issue. IF you ride 2 up, it is in my mind just a raised level of safety. (Sidewalls are considerable stiffer at chg time)
Adding to this....... A C14 riding buddy, does not run A spec or GT. He doesn't like the more difficult tire chg.
He related to me a harrowing experience he had with a flat in which he crossed 2 lanes of freeway, and back , narrowly missing other traffic. He is a very experienced rider and weighs about what my wife and I do.
As long as the missus rides with me , I will run A spec tires . IF nothing else , it at least makes me feel, I have taken an extra step to ensure her safety.
2014 FJR1300 B(AEO) #290 "Rootbeer metalic"
1999 C10 ( Sold May/16....Goodbye old friend)
"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first and the lessons afterwards"