The plot thickens. When is an A41 not an A41? When it’s an OEM. Asked some people in the know when it comes to tires, and surprised to discover that OEM tires can be of lower quality, even different compounds to the real McCoy. The A41’s that came standard on the 1250GS HP have a ‘G’ included in the tire branding and a blue line running around the tire. The A41’s from the tire dealer has no ‘G’ and a white line. I managed to put on 1000k’s, ear plugs crammed in place, so difficult to compare the rubber against a new A41, but the new one does seem to be different. Would love to test a pure A41 but not prepared to invest in another screamer.
My dealer test road my bike against one with the Anakees and agreed the A41’s were noisier. He also said that they always swap out the OEM tires for the genuin tires on their race bikes. Hmm, makes one wonder if BMW really is committed to delivering quality to its customers and if in fact it even tests the bikes with the OEM tires. With my ears still ringing from my first ride 3 weeks ago, learning this pisses me off no end. Anyway, my local tire specialist has recommend the Michelin Road 5 Sports Touring, so shodding the front to see if that is quieter. If so, I’ll also jettison the rear A41 for the Michelin.
Last edited by Gdoss; 17-Mar-2019 at 01:32 AM (272).