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So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« on: November 03, 2010, 11:38:38 pm »
Hey all,

I have a significant air leak in my rear tire.  I have a dealer checking it out now, but suspect that they'll come back with the old "You need to replace the tire" line.  (The rubber is still good, but if it has a hole in it, my understanding is that you don't repair, you only replace.)

So, I believe it currently has an Avon 195 (? - not sure, bike isn't in front of me) on the rear.  I don't ride crazy-hard, don't lay it down nearly sideways in curves, but do like to corner hard sometimes.  Try to avoid riding in the rain, but sometimes, you know, you get caught in the rain.

So, pretty much normal riding, and I want to take some long trips this coming spring/summer. 

I've read the forum on tires, and people seem pretty passionate about which tires are the best.  I'd like to get your opinion on what tires provide the best value and performance.

Thanks guys!

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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2010, 12:37:54 am »
Dano:

I'm sure by the time this thread has been around a week, you will have at least 10 different tires brands given to you.  As for me, I've run a good number of different tires and there is only one I will NOT buy again, that is the Metzler 880.  Yes, they wear well, handle fair on dry pavement, but when it rains, you have to make an effort to avoid the painted sections of the road as they slip fairly easily on that.  The Avons, they handle well (wet and dry) but don't hold up very long, meaning they wear out rather quickly.  So, just read what each person has to say and try to pick one that suits your riding style.
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2010, 01:23:23 am »
My tires of choice right now for the C10 is the Avon Storm 2 Ultra (front) and Azaro (rear).   
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2010, 03:22:25 am »
For some extra bucks you can get Avon Venoms. Supposed to wear longer and still hold in the rain.
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2010, 03:29:21 am »
Bridgestone BT45 are another good choice.
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2010, 02:03:59 pm »
My tires of choice right now for the C10 is the Avon Storm 2 Ultra (front) and Azaro (rear).
In stock sizes, I concur with this choice of tires.  If you have done any 17" conversions the choices open up... a LOT.  No... actually WAY more than a LOT.  However, the Avons are excellent tires for most conditions and in the stock sizes offer unmatched performance as far as handling and grip are concerned.  They are NOT long life tires, but give outstanding service for as long as they do last.

Now talking about tires lasting a long time... I realize that money doesn't grow on trees and we all want to maximize our bang for the buck, but one thing I keep in mind is that as tires near the end of their lifespan the handling, feel, and performance is compromised, right?  And a long life tire, if you insist on getting the life out of it, will generally keep you on crappy tires for waaaaayyyyy too long for real enjoyment or safety, IMHO.  Just another thought to toss into the equation of shopping for tires. 

I consider tires as maintenance/disposable items rather than as a permanent fixture of the motorcycle.  When they cease giving me what I want, I throw em away and get some that do.  Yeah, I gripe about the expense, but I'm always thrilled with the ride after swapping em out and THAT is what I like... having a ride that performs at 100%, as close to 100% of the time as possible.  Just my .02
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2010, 03:35:17 pm »
I vote for the BT45s.  On my second rear and the first front is going away.
I do agree with Rev, but personal, I can not use 100% of the bikes potential.  I do not need the sticky short lived Avons.  The
BTs stick better than I can ride and last fairly long.
I will never under any circumstances put the Metzler 880s back on the bike.   That is what was on it when I bought it.  They wear like iron, but they are godawful slick in the wet stuff, or even under hard breaking on dry surfaces.
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2010, 04:13:43 pm »
So, I believe it currently has an Avon 195 (? - not sure, bike isn't in front of me) on the rear.  I don't ride crazy-hard, don't lay it down nearly sideways in curves, but do like to corner hard sometimes.  Try to avoid riding in the rain, but sometimes, you know, you get caught in the rain.

I've read the forum on tires, and people seem pretty passionate about which tires are the best.  I'd like to get your opinion on what tires provide the best value and performance.


Asking what tires are best is like asking who's the prettiest girl.  You'll get folks asking why you think that even matters in the choice :)

I've been mostly happy with the Avons.  I don't do much mileage tho', so relatively fast wear isn't an issue.  If they wore longer I'd probably have to replace them from dry rot anyway.  Most of my seat time is at 20-40MPH herding bicycles or commuting.  Which come to think of it most of that is at the same speed.

I can get the rear to slip around here, but Austin's streets are paved with reclaimed fryer grease and BBQ drippin's. 

Know you were looking for a 'best', but the Tire List is over here.  I'm linking the front page instead of the link since I'm not certain it will remain constant as I edit the 'front page'.  Go through the ToC and you'll get there.  It's a bare bone page so it ought to load quickly.
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2010, 06:21:26 pm »
I like the Avon's on the first C10. I plan on using them again on the new/older C10!

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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2010, 09:27:46 pm »
If you are using the stock rims the Dunlop Roadsmart radial tire is a very good choice for a front tire.  Right now mine has 16k on it and still isn't down to the wear marks...yet. 

Dunlop D205's rear tires are still available and do very good in the rain.

 
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2010, 10:09:43 am »
If you are using the stock rims the Dunlop Roadsmart radial tire is a very good choice for a front tire.  Right now mine has 16k on it and still isn't down to the wear marks...yet. 

Dunlop D205's rear tires are still available and do very good in the rain.


I've never liked the Dunlop's as much. They always give me the flat squared off edge feel, much quicker than other tires! But that's just my experience.

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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2010, 01:34:16 pm »
I'm a Dunflop hater hater hater (yeah, that bad).  But now that I have 17" rims and can run any tire I want... I've got a set of Roadsmarts on there and I like em a lot.  Hated the 205s though... hate hate hate.  Sorry, cuppin', squarin'-off, no stickin', so and sos.   >:(

There, I feel better now.  ;)
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2010, 03:17:36 pm »
I'm a Dunflop hater hater hater (yeah, that bad).  But now that I have 17" rims and can run any tire I want... I've got a set of Roadsmarts on there and I like em a lot.  Hated the 205s though... hate hate hate.  Sorry, cuppin', squarin'-off, no stickin', so and sos.   >:(

There, I feel better now.  ;)
They were MUCH better than the OEM rubber.
The Dunlop RoadSmart front tire is much better than the Dunlop D205 front tire because of the multiple compound tread.  Too bad Dunlop hasn't made a RoadSmart tire in 150/80-16.  :(

If the manufacturers decide to quit making the C10 sized tires in the near future I'm going to make a beeline to get 17" rims OR get another bike. 
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2010, 11:44:54 pm »
I was wondering if anyone had experience with the Shinko 747's?
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2010, 03:52:51 pm »
I was wondering if anyone had experience with the Shinko 747's?
Can't say that I have personal experience w/ that tire but a friend has been happy w/ Shinko Raven tires.  The best thing about them was the price but in the same breath there have been problems w/ quality.
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2010, 05:45:49 am »
it appears the 747 and the 757 have been discontinued. >:(
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2010, 05:57:42 am »
and the 787 is not out yet
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2010, 09:41:44 pm »
and the 787 is not out yet
777 is in service. :D :D :D
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2010, 01:44:31 am »
Avon Azarro Rear
Avon Storm Front

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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2010, 07:17:56 pm »
Avon Azarro Rear
Avon Storm Front
this combo is $270  with free shipping on Motorcycle Super Store any one know of any better deal then that?
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #20 on: November 18, 2010, 04:15:56 pm »
$261.93 with FREE shipping to lower 48 from www.americanmototire.com that's the Ultra 2 Storm in the 110 size and Azaro rear in 150.

$249.90 from www.swmototires.com for the same sizes.  Also FREE shippping

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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #21 on: November 18, 2010, 11:25:44 pm »
$261.93 with FREE shipping to lower 48 from www.americanmototire.com that's the Ultra 2 Storm in the 110 size and Azaro rear in 150.

$249.90 from www.swmototires.com for the same sizes.  Also FREE shippping

hope this helps.

 Rev, I was looking around and it looks like the Avon Venom are available in stock sizes, do you know if anyone has tried them?

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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #22 on: November 19, 2010, 12:11:01 am »
I've got the Venoms in 'Goldwing' sizes on mine (f 130/70-18, r 160/80-16). So far, 3K miles and loving it.
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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #23 on: November 19, 2010, 12:26:41 am »
I ordered a Storm 2 front tire in 120/70 - 18 from swmototires.com.  Best price I found anywhere and free shipping.  Thanks for all the info from everyone.  I will order the rear Avon AV46 from swmototires.com when it is time to replace my Dunlop D205 rear.

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Re: So what's the best brand/model tires for the C10?
« Reply #24 on: November 19, 2010, 03:37:32 am »
I have no Venom experience.  Storm, Azaro, D205, OEM,Macadam X100, Pilot Road, Pilot Power, Pirelli Sport Demons, and now Roadsmarts in 17".  I've run these tires only on the C10.
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