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    R1150RT tires ?

    Iíve had excellent performance (wet, curves, etc.) and mileage (+12K on my current RP4s) with Michelin Road Pilot 3s & 4s but now do need some new rubber - Question to those oilheads out there: Would it make much difference to run a set of RP5GTs ?
    Iím not against running other brands (have had good luck with Metzlers & Bridgestones, but these last few years I like the Michelin ride the best) -
    Does my 2002 R1150RT warrant moving to a GT tire ?
    Itís pretty subjective how one feels about tires, especially with the quality of the tires mentioned above.
    But any input from MOA would be appreciated - Thanks a lot -

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    When I bought my '03 R1150RT it had PR3s on it. When they wore out I replaced them with Dunlop RSII (that is not a typo: it's 2, not 3). They had good reviews and I liked the price. A lot. Now that I have a little over 6000 miles on them I like the ride just as well as the PR3s. They are a little bit more squirmy on tar snakes than the Michelins were. Otherwise, on both wet and dry pavement they feel very sure-footed. Just by eyeballing them I'd say I have at least 50% tread left both front and rear.

    I only ride one-up and with little weight in the luggage, so I don't have a need for GT tires myself.

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    Probably the odd man out

    Howdy,

    I ride twisty mountain roads, sometimes littered with rocks & tree branch debris, in addition to living up a mountain gravel road. I have been running Shinko 705 tires on all
    of my bikes except for my K1600GT (Shinko does not manufacture a 705 for the rear tire size). My 04 1150RT handled like a dream (when it was still running) with the 705's. I could take corners extremely well & never feel the rain grooves, true I've never rode autobahn speeds with these tires.. so I cannot speak for the speed factor, but at Idaho highway speeds they are extremely stable and also have a great wear factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobarter View Post
    I’ve had excellent performance (wet, curves, etc.) and mileage (+12K on my current RP4s) with Michelin Road Pilot 3s & 4s but now do need some new rubber - Question to those oilheads out there: Would it make much difference to run a set of RP5GTs ?
    Short answer. As long as they're the proper size - No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobarter View Post
    Itís pretty subjective how one feels about tires, especially with the quality of the tires mentioned above. But any input from MOA would be appreciated - Thanks a lot -
    Yes. I have Road 5's on my R1200RS and really like them, as have a number of internet reviewers, but I also like the Metzeler Z8's on my R1200ST. The bike handover guy at my local mega dealer told me the (non GT) 5's are his favourite tire.

    Just for some weekend fun, I did some searches and couldn't come up with any solid information on the GT. One guy on ADVrider buttonholed a Michelin rep at an event about the GTs, but didn't post anything definitive about what the rep had told him.

    Until more is known about this tire, I would just go with the Road 5's.
    Rinty

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    R1150RT tires

    hello, i have two gs's and a k1600gt so cant recommend a tire for your rt. but if you are interested check out (the visor shop) for purchasing rires after you decide.
    i have purchased three sets and advised several of my club members about this site. even with $90 shipping from belfast saved $60 on total purchase of a set of michelins and had them in 3 days. just an fyi....

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    Thumbs up Mich PR4 GTís

    Iím a Michelin fan.....on second set of PR4GTís, had PR2ís prior, Metzeller before that
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    I second the Shinkos

    Quote Originally Posted by cavedweller22 View Post
    Howdy,

    I ride twisty mountain roads, sometimes littered with rocks & tree branch debris, in addition to living up a mountain gravel road. I have been running Shinko 705 tires on all
    of my bikes except for my K1600GT (Shinko does not manufacture a 705 for the rear tire size). My 04 1150RT handled like a dream (when it was still running) with the 705's. I could take corners extremely well & never feel the rain grooves, true I've never rode autobahn speeds with these tires.. so I cannot speak for the speed factor, but at Idaho highway speeds they are extremely stable and also have a great wear factor.
    Iím with cavedweller. I just bought an Ď03 1150rt and replaced the rubber with Shinkos. I have had nothing but positive experiences with Shinkos. These are the 880ís.

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    Shinkos for me too

    I have a set of 011 Verge on my 2002 RT. Mileage has been comparable to Michelins and Roadsmart 3. they are also very quiet. I do not know how they will perform in the rain. So far I am happy with this choice.
    Dan Evans MOA number 184983 2002 R1150RT 1974 R90/6 2018 FLHTK 2003 R1150R

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavedweller22 View Post
    Howdy,

    I ride twisty mountain roads, sometimes littered with rocks & tree branch debris, in addition to living up a mountain gravel road. I have been running Shinko 705 tires on all
    of my bikes except for my K1600GT (Shinko does not manufacture a 705 for the rear tire size). My 04 1150RT handled like a dream (when it was still running) with the 705's. I could take corners extremely well & never feel the rain grooves, true I've never rode autobahn speeds with these tires.. so I cannot speak for the speed factor, but at Idaho highway speeds they are extremely stable and also have a great wear factor.
    I retire in July. We will be moving in the next 2-4 years to our place in the mountains of NM. In addition to our house being on a dirt road, I'd love to be able to ride moderate dirt roads in the mountains.

    Does anyone have experience on Shinko 705 tires on an RT or RS? Or should I just take the opportunity to be like Paul and Voni Glaves and ditch the larger bike to go to the G310GS with similar tires?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsouth View Post
    I retire in July. We will be moving in the next 2-4 years to our place in the mountains of NM. In addition to our house being on a dirt road, I'd love to be able to ride moderate dirt roads in the mountains.

    Does anyone have experience on Shinko 705 tires on an RT or RS? Or should I just take the opportunity to be like Paul and Voni Glaves and ditch the larger bike to go to the G310GS with similar tires?
    I spooned on a set of 705's on my 2000 RT last Fall for the first time. I've put about 1400 miles on them so far. Would have been more but the bike hasn't left the garage yet this month.Lots of snow here in central Ohio right now.

    I like the tires. They seemed a bit skittish in the rain for the first few hundred miles but now that they're scuffed in well, no problems. I've had a few opportunities to push them on clean, dry roads and found them to be pretty good for hustling through the twisties. Definitely not in the same category as the Pirelli Angel GTs I usually run but considering the price difference I'd be tempted to run the 705's again.

    I'll try to remember to come back and report what mileage I get from them once the weather breaks.

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by art1100 View Post
    I spooned on a set of 705's on my 2000 RT last Fall for the first time. I've put about 1400 miles on them so far. Would have been more but the bike hasn't left the garage yet this month.Lots of snow here in central Ohio right now.
    Thanks for that report. I look forward to seeing the mileage. Have you done any dirt or gravel roads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsouth View Post
    Thanks for that report. I look forward to seeing the mileage. Have you done any dirt or gravel roads?
    Yes I have. The RT does pretty well on gravel with road tires and even better with the 705's-IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by art1100 View Post
    Yes I have. The RT does pretty well on gravel with road tires and even better with the 705's-IMO.
    Did you got with the 150 or the 170? I see they don't list a 160.

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