I think a sport touring tire (from a major manufacturer) is what you are after. Michelin pilot road 3s will last a very long time and they work pretty well in the rain. They're the only sport touring tires that I have any experience with, but I'm sure that there are plenty of good choices out there.
Ran Q2's on the last bike and now have a set of Q3's waiting to go on the next. I've only tried the factory tires and the dunlop's so my opinion is biased. From what I hear, just read reviews and pretty much any tire from any major tire brand should be decent. The brands you've never heard of aren't necessarily bad, but just make sure they have good reviews.
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Ive got the new pirelli angel gt tires on my 750, previously had dunlop roadsmart and michelin pilot road 3. I much much prefer the pirelli over the previous two i mentioned. I currently am touring australia at the moment and doing a lot of different road conditions here in tropical queensland. In the wet they are very good and predictable..maybe not as good as the michelin...but then again who is riding balls to the wall on the street in the rain. As for dry grip they are far superior to either of the other two. I do some pretty hard street riding in the twisties...ive pushed them to the limit and had the rear tire sliding in a few occasions...but even once they start letting go they were extermely predictable and never felt out of control...could i say it was even fun?..as for the front i use a far bit of trail braking in my riding and never let me down. Only complaint is the high speed cornering 200km/h+ they arnt the best...but shouldnt be doing that on the road.
As for wear on them...i have around 5000km + on them at the moment and still a fair but of tread. Ive been doing a far bit of twisties and i actually have more depth on the tread markers on the side than in the middle...not many tires alow me to do that. So i can only assume the multi compounds they have a very well balanced.
I highly recommend the over the othera...better dry road performance than the michelins and better wear i think too
Last edited by bentoverhard69; 02-18-2016 at 06:50 AM.
Just stay away from Avon, Continental, and Shinko, and you will be fine.
Pirelli, Michelin, Dunlop, Bridgestone, and Metzeler all make great tires.
I have Conti-Motions on my TL1000R and love them. My buddy had them on his 1100xx blackbird. He got 10k miles out of the rear and nearly 12k out of the front. He out rides a lot of riders. They work very well for heavier ST bikes (500lb +) and work well enough on 600-1000 sport bikes. $165 shipped, you cant beat that for a quality pair of tires. Ive also ran BT23 and Q2 on my TLR. I like the BT23s a bit better but, for the money I love the contimotions.
Perelli DR2 are good tires. Mich PR 2/3/4 are great tires.
I agree to stay away from Avon... Just had a Avon Storm on my k5 600, would never buy them again... Left me spinning several times in 2nd and 3rd gear after stopping for coffee about 10 minutes, after riding in 22 celsius earlier in july. Also horrible in wet weather. Maybe better for weather conditions like in Spain or Italy