OK, Here we go! I tried several Forum Searches to no avail.
I am scared to open a can of worms, so I am not going to ask, "What is the BEST tires?" I have read the 1000's of posts about brand names on oil, antifreeze, filters, brake fluid, ATF and everything else. And even tires. :lol:
But I do have some tire related questions.
A couple of weekends ago a riding buddy and his girlfriend had a blowout behind me and laid their bike down. He was treated and released but she spent three days in Macon GA in the hospital, while we camped out in the MOTEL 6. That was a really rough end to a previously perfect weekend of riding in the north Georgia mountains. Missing them in my rearview, turning around and riding up on their bike and them scattered on the highway has caused me some serious concerns for my tires and our safety.
Right now I am running a Dunlop up front and a Shenko in rear. The $56 Shenko has me worried because of the old, you get what you pay for cliche ringing in my ears.
My bike is fully dressed and with me and the copilot being healthy sturdy people... well let's just say we exceed the maximum weight limit a bit. To add to this, I swapped out my rear rack for an '83 which let's us sit back more and adds more of our weight to the rear.
I have put close to 17000 miles on since April, so I'm guessing for around 25k/year. So I need something that will last. I know I don't need a real soft tire or I will be changing them twice/year.
I found out on the Dragon back in September that I probably will never be a sportbike rider.
Screaming through the twisties is not really my riding style. I will drag the floorboards every now and then, just to help keep the blood pressure up, but I don't think I need a super soft compound tire.
I listed this last, because after seeing my friends laying on the asphalt... well... its just not as important of an issue anymore. If I can't afford the tires... I can't afford to ride until I steal the money from somewhere!LOL But on the same note... I don't want to drop hundreds on a tire just for the sake of spending it either. No room for unjustifiable expense(if that's a word :lol: )
So...help me out guys.
Give me some schooling.
What would be a good tire for high mileage, high weight rating and still have safe traction for the occassional peg dragging and wet riding?