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Old 12-08-2012, 11:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Winter Tires

So I have a set of M5's on my bike and I want to preserve them as long as possible for the spring... Until then I want to do some basic commuting to and from work.

Should I get some harder tires? Save the practically new set for spring? Or am I just being over conservative?

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Old 12-09-2012, 12:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think once you factor in the hassle/expense of changing tires, you quickly get away from the idea of swapping used tires back and forth for differing missions. Just not worth the hassle. I suppose if there were some 10K tires out there and you some 1K gumball track tires, you might consider it, but the actual variation in the tire mileages with the various tires available for a bike like the S1000RR aren't THAT dramatic, notwithstanding pure track tires of course. Even if there were some rock-hard 20K commuter tires available, I'm not sure I'd want them on my 180 RWHP bike anyway. Final consideration is that if you start keeping multiple sets around, then you are generally not going to be running as fresh a tire and tires calendar age.

My vote is to use them up, then buy some new ones. Repeat as necessary.

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Old 12-09-2012, 03:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Just out of curiosity, have you tried K3s? The M5s you are using are in themselves meant to be a more sport touring tyre and I'm curious to know how they feel compared to my K3s. I considered M5s for winter commuting but ended up with another set of K3s since I really like the feel and grip and thought the M5s wouldn't feel as good.

I doubt you'll find even more wintery tyres than the M5s anyway without throwing away the capabilities of the bike.

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Old 12-09-2012, 08:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeh yall right... The ones I have all do.
Naw I haven't had the k3's

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Old 12-09-2012, 10:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I use Pilot Road 3's for the street on my 04R1 and 08 CBR1000RR, they stick good enough for the street and better than any sport orientated rubber in the wet. I usually get 1.5k to 2.5k (KM) out of a set of sports tires, the Pilot Road 3's are getting me 9K to 12K.

I use to change my tires as a set but I've found my PR3 front's don't cup very badly so I'm changing a couple rears to one front. I love these tires for the street.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The k3's dont last that long and they are classified as a medium compound. they have a k2 and k1 that are softer. I used several sets of k3's so far and now am using the Bridgestone BT-003 RS tires and they are MUCH better for far less cost($300 a set)
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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keep ure m5's. I do swap my tires but I got spare rims and a tire changing machine. I only swap because I need beter grip when it rains, so having pr3 or angels slapped on.

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