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Re: Are the Stock Tyres Any Good
« Reply #20 on: Mar 03, 2019, 01:40 PM »
*Originally Posted by TallTex [+]
What can be worse than badly squared off rubber? It doesn't track straight very well, it's hard to tip into a turn and once leaned it is hard to hold a line, feeling skittish and untrustworthy. When leaned, those ridges at the edge of the flattened center shrink the contact patch and carve down your traction budget... the worst possible behavior.

The upside of being cheap and riding into this unpleasant territory is, when you fit new tires you've got a whole new bike that suddenly feels like a bike should.
    I think that our interpretation of a squared off tyre will be very different to folk on your side of the puddle Sonny. 

I am talking slightly squared off, and in most cases, with no dramatic " cliff edge" to fall off. Some pictures that I have had sight of, with alarming squared off syndrome, from none UK ridden bikes are very frightening indeed.

I only mentioned the term " squared off" to highlight the fact that the little Versys comes with single compound tyres.  :002:
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Re: Are the Stock Tyres Any Good
« Reply #21 on: Mar 03, 2019, 01:54 PM »
I'm afraid the endless flatland of Texas starts wearing the center from day one. Then, the replacement cost encourages you to keep riding on a set into that place where they work, they just don't work very well.

I just replaced a pair of squared off Dunlops with Michelin Commander 2's on my Vulcan 900. The transformation was dramatic. I had come to think of the motorcycle as something of a dog. Suddenly, it feels rock solid and eager and I am enjoying it again.  :028:
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Re: Are the Stock Tyres Any Good
« Reply #22 on: Mar 03, 2019, 02:03 PM »
*Originally Posted by TallTex [+]
I'm afraid the endless flatland of Texas starts wearing the center from day one. Then, the replacement cost encourages you to keep riding on a set into that place where they work, they just don't work very well.

I just replaced a pair of squared off Dunlops with Michelin Commander 2's on my Vulcan 900. The transformation was dramatic. I had come to think of the motorcycle as something of a dog. Suddenly, it feels rock solid and eager and I am enjoying it again.  :028:
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Re: Are the Stock Tyres Any Good
« Reply #23 on: Mar 04, 2019, 10:32 PM »
*Originally Posted by Dill [+]
A Few Versys guys I've spoke to, they say have had around 3000 miles from the rear tyre. Hense my question.
Obviously I'll wear the tyre out before I change to something else.

Yes, as mentioned above, the single compound doesn't last as long as some aftermarket options.  But, it also depends on how/where you ride, what sort of pressures you keep your tire at and ambient temps.

If you tend to accelerate hard, run at high speeds, keep the tire toward the lower end of the recommended pressure range (let alone below it) or ride at high ambient temps it'll wear faster.


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Re: Are the Stock Tyres Any Good
« Reply #24 on: Mar 10, 2019, 06:27 PM »
I'd ride them for 3 or 4K then think about something different. Mine went pretty square on a tour of Europe but didn't cause any problems. I was amazed how much more confidence a better set gave me. I had just returned to biking after many years off when I got the V, so I didn't know any different at the time. But new tyres made a big difference to me learning to throw the bike around with more confidence.
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Re: Are the Stock Tyres Any Good
« Reply #25 on: May 19, 2019, 12:44 PM »
Interesting reading,

As a new member, coming from a Z1000SX tyres are the most concerning point.

On the SX the OE tyres weíre universally slated to the point new forum members were advised to try and get the tyres changed as part of the purchase deal!

Reading this it seems similar issues occur when it comes to longevity but reassuringly performance is ok.

I changed tyres on the SX after 4K miles which was considered average to long and I can confirm they were really shagged by the time they came off!

I replaced with Michelin Road 5ís and the transformation was astounding.

I think Iíll aim to do the same thing again with the Versyís, get them changed with the second service but what with?
Iíve never really explored Avonís and would naturally gravitate towards Michelin PR4 / R5 or Bridgestone T30 / T31. Anyone tried either of these on the 650? Or should I consider something else entirely?

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Re: Are the Stock Tyres Any Good
« Reply #26 on: May 19, 2019, 02:12 PM »
I am saying nothing!

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Re: Are the Stock Tyres Any Good
« Reply #27 on: May 19, 2019, 02:29 PM »
*Originally Posted by Stewie [+]
I am saying nothing!

Lol.... please do,

Iím relatively thick skinned and itís a genuine question. I wonít be put off by any replies. The SX forum members can be just as blunt (myself included)

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Re: Are the Stock Tyres Any Good
« Reply #28 on: May 19, 2019, 02:52 PM »
Search back in the thread to see my answers and the rebuke from Dill.

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Re: Are the Stock Tyres Any Good
« Reply #29 on: May 19, 2019, 03:14 PM »
*Originally Posted by Stewie [+]
Search back in the thread to see my answers and the rebuke from Dill.

I dont want to get in trouble again  :008:

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