The A41’s came with my 1250 GS HP and I’m finding them extremely noisy. Does anyone have similar experiences with the A41’s?
Rick, thanks for the suggestion. Do you know if the Roadsmarts are quieter than the Trailsmart? The majority of my time on the bike is commuting with odd weekend touring. I honestly believe the noise from Bridgestones has triggered tinnitus in my ears. So I’m really looking for the quietest ideally noise free front end.Dunlop Trailsmart. You can put a street tire on it like the Roadsmart 3. They work just fine on the occasional dirt road.
Thanks again. Roadsmarts it is.I can’t compare anything to the Battleax, never having ridden on them, but I can tell you that Roadsmart IIIs are outstanding tires for paved roads in all respects. I’ve had them on my K1600GT and my R1200R and they have performed flawlessly. They are as quiet as any tire I’ve ever had. I also like Metzler 01s for ppredominantly paved road riding, but my impression is that the Roadsmarts run smoother and may provide longer wear in the original profile.
The new bike could come with any of three brands of tires. I would hope for the Michelin. Bridgestone have a reputation for getting a flat spot right down the middle. My Brother has a FJR and even the front tire was flat right down the middle with the Bridgestone. I sound like a broken record (If your young enough to know what that means) But I honestly think the Dunlop tires (Roadsmart or Trailsmart) are the best tires made right now in the sport touring and light trail tire. However none of the manufactures make a bad tire. The tires today are far and above the tires just ten years ago. After your done with the tires your bike comes with do some research put a set on that fits how your plan to ride. It may change by then.I have an R1250 GS HP arriving in the US in a week or so. Do they come with the Battleax? If not, what? If so, other than the noise factor, how do these tires perform? Interested in grip and handling on paved, packed dirt, wet. Most of the riding will be on paved as I will use this bike for my commute (50 miles each way, some back roads, mostly highway and stop and go NYC traffic). Don’t care much about tread life or mileage, but do care that the tires keep their profiles so handling does not become a challenge early in the tread life of the tires.
I'm sorry. Their are 4 tire manufactures who supply tires for the R1250GS. The Bridgestone A41, Continental TKC80, Metzeler Karoo 3 and the Michelin Ankee.hanks, Rick, I assume you mean Anakee 3s for Michelin. If the bike comes with PR4s, I’ll have them off before the bike leaves the dealer. I do like he Roadsmart for paved road riding. I’ll look into the Trailsmarts. So we have the Battleax and the Michelin’s. What is the third tire that the GS comes in?
Dunlop doesn’t have a 19” Roadsmart for the front, at least not in Japan. There is a 19” in the Trailsmart. My local tire guy didn’t have any in stock and recommend the Michelin Road 5 Sports Touring as a quiet tire. Quieter but not by a lot. Wondering if the HP’s beak extension captures more noise. Anyway my next experiment will be Rick’s recommendation.The Michelin Anakee Adventure's are noisy as hell. I never noticed tire noise like this before. The howl from the front is extremely annoying. I am with Rick on this one. I will be fitting Dunlop Roadsmart 3's on this bike when I change them out.
The 120/70-19 front tire is made in France. I've heard the Trailsmart is a very nice tire as well. https://ultimatemotorcycling.com/2017/11/13/dunlop-trailsmart-tire-review-adventure-motorcycle-tires/Dunlop doesn’t have a 19” Roadsmart for the front, at least not in Japan. There is a 19” in the Trailsmart. My local tire guy didn’t have any in stock and recommend the Michelin Road 5 Sports Touring as a quiet tire. Quieter but not by a lot. Wondering if the HP’s beak extension captures more noise. Anyway my next experiment will be Rick’s recommendation.
Welcome to the forum Ryan. Yes, we know that. However it doesn't mean we can't use a street tire if that's what your saying..This Tire has a code letter (G), which indicates that it is engineered for the specified motorcycles, and may also have been the original equipment tire. The compound and construction of the tire is uniquely suited to the weight, horsepower and handling characteristics of the motorcycles listed, even thought the rest of the description a specifications may match other tires with the same name