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Tires, the best I’ve found are the Road pilot 5s by Michelin. I ride over a hundred miles a day on my GS and I’m just over 7,000 miles with these tires and about ready to buy a new set. All others like Dunlop, Metzler, etc I’ve gotten just over 3,000 miles out of them before rear tire is completely bald. If anyone has had any experiences with other tires, getting more miles, on road, please share.
 

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Road Pilots !

Thats 2 thumbs up for the road pilots. I am on my 3 set of road pilot 4 gt. Long lasting, great in the rain and reasonably quiet. Rears last ~ 15,000km, fronts at least 20. I am not interested in any offroad shenanigans, 2 up touring on our 2015 gs.
 

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"Best" is subjective. "Best" how?

Mileage
Handling on/off pavement or wet/dry conditions.
Breaking
Price
Road noise or lack there of

If it strictly mileage there are better "best" options. A $90 car tire on the rear will last 20,000+ miles.
 

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I’ve tried all
companies and types of
Tires, the best I’ve found are the Road pilot 5s by Michelin. I ride over a hundred miles a day on my GS and I’m just over 7,000 miles with these tires and about ready to buy a new set. All others like Dunlop, Metzler, etc I’ve gotten just over 3,000 miles out of them before rear tire is completely bald. If anyone has had any experiences with other tires, getting more miles, on road, please share.
Could this have something to do with your on road driving style. When you purchase tires do you check for the mfg. date stamped on the tire?
 

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I’ve tried all
companies and types of
Tires, the best I’ve found are the Road pilot 5s by Michelin. I ride over a hundred miles a day on my GS and I’m just over 7,000 miles with these tires and about ready to buy a new set. All others like Dunlop, Metzler, etc I’ve gotten just over 3,000 miles out of them before rear tire is completely bald. If anyone has had any experiences with other tires, getting more miles, on road, please share.
Could this have something to do with your on road driving style? When you purchase tires do you check for the mfg. date stamped on the tire?
 

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I’ve tried all
companies and types of
Tires, the best I’ve found are the Road pilot 5s by Michelin. I ride over a hundred miles a day on my GS and I’m just over 7,000 miles with these tires and about ready to buy a new set. All others like Dunlop, Metzler, etc I’ve gotten just over 3,000 miles out of them before rear tire is completely bald. If anyone has had any experiences with other tires, getting more miles, on road, please share.
I have a 2014 R1200GS with 78,000+ (s)miles and have been very happy with Conti Trail Attack II (2 sets over 20,000 miles each) and currently have Conti Trail Attack III. The III's were installed in May 2019 for a trip from Phoenix to Austin, Texas. From Austin rode to Sacramento, California. For my riding needs the Conti's are incredible. The Conti's are a dual compound zero degree radial and have good warm up characteristics, very stable on diagonal pavement transitions, good wet grip and decent on maintained dual tracks. The rear tire pictured below has about 15,000 miles.
 

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Tourance. had 3 sets >9k miles. Handles very well on road and in wet. Road 5s better though, but less mileage
 

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Every Pilot road I've ridden, 1,2,3,4 have started slipping on tar snakes at 4k miles...unnerving. Mileage ok, like 8-8500, not going to bite at the 5s, Michelin had their chance.

two favs are Pirelli Scorpion trail 2 s and Tourance Nexts. Scorpions were a bit of a smoother ride, Nexts handled dirt and gravel better. Both have excellent wet and dry traction, Both are giving me around 10k miles, IOW better than the Pilot Roads.
Mileage is a personal thing (YMMV), but relative to the Michelins the Pirellis and Tourances are giving me 20%, maybe <25% better mileage, a better ride and more confidence.
 

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I have a 2014 R1200GS with 78,000+ (s)miles and have been very happy with Conti Trail Attack II (2 sets over 20,000 miles each) and currently have Conti Trail Attack III. The III's were installed in May 2019 for a trip from Phoenix to Austin, Texas. From Austin rode to Sacramento, California. For my riding needs the Conti's are incredible. The Conti's are a dual compound zero degree radial and have good warm up characteristics, very stable on diagonal pavement transitions, good wet grip and decent on maintained dual tracks. The rear tire pictured below has about 15,000 miles.
Does the front look as good? That's amazing getting that kind of tire wear. Do they stick in the corners?
 

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I have a 2014 R1200GS with 78,000+ (s)miles and have been very happy with Conti Trail Attack II (2 sets over 20,000 miles each) and currently have Conti Trail Attack III. The III's were installed in May 2019 for a trip from Phoenix to Austin, Texas. From Austin rode to Sacramento, California. For my riding needs the Conti's are incredible. The Conti's are a dual compound zero degree radial and have good warm up characteristics, very stable on diagonal pavement transitions, good wet grip and decent on maintained dual tracks. The rear tire pictured below has about 15,000 miles.
THAT TIRE HAS 15K ON IT??? WOW!!!!
How heavy are you loaded???
 

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Better yet, how heavy are you ever on the throttle??? It looks like that tire was only ridden to church on Sunday. Sorry but damn! I can't get 2000 miles out of a set of tires on my S1000XR. I just bought a 1250 GS and I will be over the moon to get 4.000 miles out of any tire. All of my riding is in the mountains and that might have something to do with it.
I also ride a Goldwing and have friends that get 20.000 miles out of a set of tires. The BEST I have ever gotten is 7,000 miles. I do like a spirited pace.
 

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I to am considering tires, 98% on the road??? I've seen Michelin on a lot of bikes in my area as well as Conti.....
While I've run the Dunlop Roadsmarts on my GS the last few sets I was curious about the Dunlop Trailsmarts so I bought a set. I only have about 2K on them but these are very nice tires. I have no idea why more people aren't using this tire. Nice and quiet on the highway and can handle the curvy roads without any drama. Very confidence inspiring. I just need to find a dirt road.
 

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Tourance. had 3 sets >9k miles. Handles very well on road and in wet. Road 5s better though, but less mileage
Tourance Next or Pirelli Scorpion Trail II . -- very similar to above and similar experience--I have no experience with the Road 5's but the Tourance and Pirellis FAR superior to the Road 1,2,3, 4--all of which I've used, in mileage and handling both wet and dry. I am not willing to bite on the 5's because of the previous experiences
 

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Just finished a full season on the next..very impressed..rode em hard,on tons of twisties..pulled em off at 15K KMS..could of stretched out a little more but I was off on another long haul and wanted fresh..have the adventures on now,little to buzzy for my liking,nowhere near the feel on twisties..better on fire roads but I do little of that..can’t wait to get the next back on..silent assassin’s
 
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