Tyres for commuting?

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  1. Black & White

    Black & White Member

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    G'day all!
    I have searched for a thread, but couldn't locate one on this subject. Any tips on finding what I'm looking for would be appreciated, rather than asking people to repeat themselves!
    Tyre manufacturers do release 'new & improved' versions, so I make my excuses there for being a bore.
    Have you got any recommendations for a pair of tyres?
    I commute pretty much all year round, mainly on straight roads, so good centre wear & wet grip are very important.
    I've had good experiences with Bridgestones, but am not really brand loyal.
    What say you, my learned friends?

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  2. dfw100

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    BT023. Got them on my bike for all weather riding. They are dual compound so resist squaring, but still have good edge grip for all but the most full-on riding style. Ron Haslam used to use them on the school bikes a few years back before the T30 was introduced. Cheap as chips too, now they’re no longer Bridgestone’s latest and greatest sports touring offering.
     
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  3. Saqib

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    Michelin Road 5's would be my choice for all round commuting.
     
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    been using pilot roads since the early generations now have the 5's zero, no complaints.
    Hold their own in non commuting riding too!
     
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    I’m on the road 5’s now, previously 4’s, with the suspension set up I’ve had as much as 8k out of a rear commuting and playing in all weathers with no complaints at all
     
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    Got a set of Bt016 for £135 delivered (m&p pair offer with an extra discount!). Only driven couple hundred miles so far but stick well, good write ups. Can't go wrong really and being so cheap makes them even better value!
     
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  7. Empty_Ten

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    I used the Metzeler Roadtec 01's for 15,000 miles (3 rears in total because of punctures),

    Pirelli Angel GT for 16,000 miles (11,000 from one rear, still had tread left but very squared off).

    Pirelli Angel GT2 for well over 10,000 miles now, I have had to change a rear due to a puncture. Can't remember how many miles I got out of the first one and how many I'm on, on the 2nd rear.

    I really like the Pirelli's, I felt they gave me more feel and feedback than the Metzeler's. And at the time I got my first set of GT2's I took advantage of an offer Pirelli had on which was buy a rear, and get the front tyre for free. All similar use to you, all year round riding incl wet weather on straight roads. Bike used was the MT10.

    I've been meaning to try the Michelin Road 5's for some time now, but Pirelli had the better offer on, and I was happy with their tyres so saw no reason to change. However, when it is time to change the tyres on my NC, I plan to get some Road 5's. I had a set of Road 4's on my old MT07 and had no complaints about them.
     
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  8. Black & White

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    Cheers for your comments all.
    It's a minefield, but reassuring that so many different brands are recommended. They must all be pretty good then.
    It will probably come down to price &/or offers in the end then, I think. Maybe. Possibly.
    I had a set of Road 4's on my old VTR & they felt good, but I gave that bike to my son just after fitting them, & he rode it back to Finland. I should ask him what he thinks of them!?! (He has since crashed it though, so I'll see if he blames the tyres!)
    Must admit, I have long been a bit of an Italophile what with AGV, Lancia Stratos & Beethoven so it was heartening to hear some Pirelli recommendations.
    I know Beethoven was Spanish. I'm not an idiot.
    Once again, thank you all for the food for thought & I'll let you know what I settled on.
    Luckily I have bike tyre changing facilities at work & a machine that will dynamically balance them, so they'll have weights stuck left, right & (probably not) centre.

    All the best!

    S Tyre smiling on the road.jpg
     
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  9. Ice Doc

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    Bit late to the party but I’m getting good mileage out of my Dunlop Sportsmart Max2 tyres - one track day and so far around 6k miles commuting into London and back. Riding in all weathers too when the bike is not with Honda..
     
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