Steve Northrop blackgpz at
Wed Apr 22 20:41:21 PDT 2009

Try the current crop of sport-touring tires i.e. Pirelli Strada, Metzeler 
Z6, Dunlop Roadsmart, Avon Storm. On the street, you can't outride them, 
better mileage than sport tires. My current and favorite combo is a Pirelli 
Diablo (sport) front tire and a Pirelli Strada (sport-touring) rear. This 
gives me a little better cornering and braking up front and they wear out at 
the same time, around 6500 miles.

Steve in Western NY
'96 GPZ1100
'08 KLR 650
'08 Tuono Factory
"You Can't Fix Stupid", Ron White

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jonathon Jay" <annihilator1100 at>
To: <suprhtr at>; "Kawasaki GPZ1100 discussion" 
<gpzlist at>
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 5:08 PM
Subject: Tires

My wife disagrees but I say the most important thing on a motorcycle are 
sticky tires.

She says don't get the cheapest out there, but something good. Think on a 1 
to 10 scale 1 being cheap and 10 being expensive. She says get a 6 or 7.

I say get a 10.

To her credit, she is keeping how long they last in mind, she says try 
getting some tires that I can get more miles out of. She is correct in 
saying I will never even approach the limits of the tires I have in mind.

This is when I take the stance that if I treat them well and just ride them 
as I would any street tire, I should get decent mileage out of them.

I have read nothing but good reviews on the Michelin Pilot/power pros. A lot 
of people say they are only good for a few thousand, some say you may get 
10k or more out of a set. I dunno who to believe.

Is this a really great tire? What kind of mileage could I expect?

Is it overkill and should I be considering other less expensive brands?



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