The problem with advice is, you may spend more than you need to, the better test is if you did a real world side by side comparison and tell us if the GT was better than the non-GT and why....
There has to be some difference between a Road 5 and a Road 5 GT (or a PR4 and a PR4GT) or else why make two different lines of tires and why recommend one for a particular motorcycle over the other?And furthermore there is no specification for "GT". GT is anything Michelin says it is. Is anything Bridgestone says it is. Pirelli says GT is something totally different (Angel ST vs Angel GT).
Of course there is a difference. But there is also a difference between what Michelin does between R5 and R5GT and what Bridgestone does between T31 and T31 GT. By golly if a fat pig FJR must have "GT" then why is there no standard for what this is?There has to be some difference between a Road 5 and a Road 5 GT (or a PR4 and a PR4GT) or else why make two different lines of tires and why recommend one for a particular motorcycle over the other?
You missed the point. Michelin calls something a GT. Others call something different a GT but both claim GT is what you need. How can this be unless both are correct and both are wrong?It really doesn't matter, what the name is. They could call it a Michelin Striped Ape, and if Michelin said for your 670 pound (1050 pounds 2 up with luggage) 145 hp sport-tourer ridden under normal conditions for this machine we recommend the Michelin Striped Ape, that's what I would be running right now. It just happens Michelin calls it a GT.
yea I don't think I missed the point at all..... I just don't get anally fixated on names. Like I said, call it what they want. If Michelin or Bridgestone or Pirelli thinks we want a premium tire called a GT, then let them name their premium tires a GT. I don't care if Michelin's GT meet the same exact specs as Bridgestone's GT or Pirelli's GT. Don''t care. All I care about is if it's a good tire for my motorcycle. If Michelin said we recommend a PR4 (with no GT) for the FJR I'd probably be on PR4's (with no GT). If Bridgestone recommended use the T 31 GT I would choose that if I wanted a Bridgestone, and if Pirelli recommended their Angel GT for my motorcycle I would use that, but my first choice would be based on the manufacturer's recommendation.You missed the point. Michelin calls something a GT. Others call something different a GT but both claim GT is what you need. How can this be unless both are correct and both are wrong?
That's it... we're taking away your Rotella T!!!Give it a rest......
What "GT" tire has a different load rating than non-GT? None I have seen, but that doesn't mean there isn't one. In stock FJR sizes all are 58W front, 73W rear. W is speed grade, the numbers are load grades.Two years ago I called and asked the difference between the GT rated tire and the same tire non-GT. I left a message and a guy called me back a couple days later. My bigger question was why the non-GT had a higher weight rating (admittedly only one number... but still...).
The answer he gave was that GT tires have a tendency to heat up and stay heated up.... long hours.... lotsa miles... and generally heavier loaded than other street formats. Other street formats tend to warm up and cool down and never put in the time or distance.
I stated in the thread... Pirelli Angel GT. Their A-Spec is supposed to be the touring version and when I was purchasing them I noticed the rear A-Spec was 72W and the non-A-Spec was rated 73W. I called and asked why a lower weight rated tire would be recommended for a heavier application. The response was an ever so slightly different compound hardness and the construction dissipated heat more effectively.What "GT" tire has a different load rating than non-GT? None I have seen, but that doesn't mean there isn't one.
Stated above... it was for a Honda ST1100. Different tire size.In stock FJR sizes all are 58W front, 73W rear. W is speed grade, the numbers are load grades.