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    Tires

    Hi all,
    I have gone through my first set of tires 1600 GT. I will be heading to the dealership to have new shoes put on. They are telling me they have Dunlop or Michelin. Any advice on choice? Thank you in advance.

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    Dunlop what and Michelin what?
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    I've run both the Dunlop and Michelin.
    I like the way the Dunlops perform much better.
    I will be buying another set before their $40 rebate expires end of this month.
    As a side note: I run them at 44/44.

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    Metzler road tech 01

    10500 miles on tires great tires started out they didnít seem to track that well. Left Minnesota to Colorado with 6900 miles on them. I pushed them very hard in the MTNS they were great both wet and dry.
    Iím currently Murdo SD with a fried battery awaiting my new one tomorrow, looked at the tires this mornin and they probably have another 1000 miles left on them b4 there to the wear marks.

    I will probably replace wth ContiRoadAttack 3 GT JUST because I want to try them

    Thatís my 2 cents

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    Quote Originally Posted by pearl54 View Post
    Hi all,
    I have gone through my first set of tires 1600 GT. I will be heading to the dealership to have new shoes put on. They are telling me they have Dunlop or Michelin. Any advice on choice? Thank you in advance.
    Have a new 1600 grand america. First set were bridgstone battalax 3600 mi. So the next set are dunlop roadsmart 3 About$ 35.00 less than the Michlin. they work real well wet or dry. The C.H.P. use the dunlop now at my shop.I have about 3500 miles on my roadsmarts and think i can get 6-7ooo miles. Hope this helps Monte

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    Quote Originally Posted by pearl54 View Post
    Hi all,
    They are telling me they have Dunlop or Michelin. Any advice on choice? Thank you in advance.
    I just installed a new Dunlop RoadSmart III on the front. I've been happy with this set's performance; rear still has a couple thousand to go. No cupping on the front; it just wore down. I do pull a camper at times, and I assume it requires more effort to control my get-up going up & down the hill country in my neck of the woods! Or is that my Giddy-Up!

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    I've run Battlax T30's (3500miles), PR4 GT's (4000 miles) Angel GT A Spec (4500miles) and now I'm running the Angel GT2 A spec.
    Whatever you run, make sure they are designed for a heavy sport bike. I've never heard of anyone running the Conti Roadattack or Metzler Road Tech tires on this machine, they aren't designed for a bike this heavy.
    I've heard great things about the RSIII's but haven't tried them yet. I consider myself a "spirited" rider.

    EDIT...I did see someone on the K1600 forums who ran both the Conti Road attack and the Road Tech tires with poor results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lc2014 View Post
    10500 miles on tires great tires started out they didnít seem to track that well. Left Minnesota to Colorado with 6900 miles on them. I pushed them very hard in the MTNS they were great both wet and dry.
    Just to be sure...

    You are getting 10,500 plus miles on a rear tire on a BMW K1600?

    Best I've heard or read was 6 to 7 thousand.

    I replaced the OEM tire on our 2019 K1600GT Sport at 5,431 miles, all of which were two up with side bags, trunk and tank bag.

    It was just at the wear bar so I may have gotten another 5 or 6 hundred miles. Leaving on a 1,500 mile trip, it had to be replaced.

    I now have a set of Dunlop RoadSmart IIIs. Got them for a reasonable price and got a $75 rebate.

    Hopefully they will give me 6 to 7 thousand miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Dunlop what and Michelin what?
    Good question - Having ridden a Harley for years, I was not familiar with either and could not quote a model/number. I wound up going with Michelin P4 because of dual compound. I was in Denver CO at the time, and on my way back to NYC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 61996 View Post
    I've run both the Dunlop and Michelin.
    I like the way the Dunlops perform much better.
    I will be buying another set before their $40 rebate expires end of this month.
    As a side note: I run them at 44/44.

    Joe
    Thanks for the information. The menfolk back home would agree with you. I went with the Michelins because of the dual compound. I had 3000 miles of state to state riding to get back east. The dealer in Denver said the harder compound at the center of the tire would be better for this type of riding. I'm waiting to see what happens...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lc2014 View Post
    10500 miles on tires great tires started out they didnít seem to track that well. Left Minnesota to Colorado with 6900 miles on them. I pushed them very hard in the MTNS they were great both wet and dry.
    Iím currently Murdo SD with a fried battery awaiting my new one tomorrow, looked at the tires this mornin and they probably have another 1000 miles left on them b4 there to the wear marks.

    I will probably replace wth ContiRoadAttack 3 GT JUST because I want to try them

    Thatís my 2 cents
    Thanks for the 2 cents - I'm still learning this stuff. I always run Dunlops on my Harley. This is a totally different experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 36423 View Post
    Have a new 1600 grand america. First set were bridgstone battalax 3600 mi. So the next set are dunlop roadsmart 3 About$ 35.00 less than the Michlin. they work real well wet or dry. The C.H.P. use the dunlop now at my shop.I have about 3500 miles on my roadsmarts and think i can get 6-7ooo miles. Hope this helps Monte
    Thanks Monte. After riding Harleys for the last eight years, I was very surprised when the wear marks surfaced on the 1600's front tire (Bridgestone Battalax) at about 7500 miles. I didn't realize/know how fast the bike went through tires. I know Dunlop makes a dual compound but the shop in Denver did not have it in stock, so I went for the Michelins.

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    [QUOTE=HSVPhil;1173124][SIZE=3]I just installed a new Dunlop RoadSmart III on the front. I've been happy with this set's performance; rear still has a couple thousand to go. No cupping on the front; it just wore down. I do pull a camper at times, and I assume it requires more effort to control my get-up going up & down the hill country in my neck of the woods! [I]Or is that my Giddy-Up!

    I read the reviews on the Dunlop RoadSmart III and will give them a turn the next time I replace tires.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pearl54 View Post
    Good question - Having ridden a Harley for years, I was not familiar with either and could not quote a model/number. I wound up going with Michelin P4 because of dual compound. I was in Denver CO at the time, and on my way back to NYC.
    Just a heads up, the "regular" PR4 tires aren't designed for the heavy K16, they make the GT version that will be the right fit. Hopefully the dealership didn't get you the wrong tire.
    Tires for this machine are very specific and some installers don't understand that this bike is very heavy and has a TON of torque which is hard on tires. Put a regular sidewall tire on this bike and you'll have issues.
    Michelin PR4 GT, Pirelli Angel GT (1 or 2) A spec, Dunlop RoadSmart III are the top performers for this machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnybow View Post
    Just a heads up, the "regular" PR4 tires aren't designed for the heavy K16, they make the GT version that will be the right fit. Hopefully the dealership didn't get you the wrong tire.
    Tires for this machine are very specific and some installers don't understand that this bike is very heavy and has a TON of torque which is hard on tires. Put a regular sidewall tire on this bike and you'll have issues.
    Michelin PR4 GT, Pirelli Angel GT (1 or 2) A spec, Dunlop RoadSmart III are the top performers for this machine.
    I so appreciate the info. Denver BMW installed the correct tires - PR4 GT - I went back to the invoice to check. I'm learning.
    Thanks so much!

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