Re: New Michelin Pilot Activ tires...reviews?
Normally I read every tire thread but try not to post since many folks on here get burned out with the subject.......Butttt
After over 192000 miles I am still in search of the perfect combination of tires.
My history is this:
First LT was a 2000 LTC
Current LT is a 2003 LTE
Both of my LT's were delivered with Bridgestone Exedras. The fronts cupped quickly and the rears had a reputation of coming apart. About 5k miles on a front and 8k on the rear.
I switched to ME 880's and used them for many many miles. They are durable and I got 12k from the rears and 15k on the fronts. I absolutely could no longer stand the howling after about 4000 miles and went looking for radials for better traction and handling. Not only that, Metzeler prices skyrocketed.
Since BS was out of the question at the time I elected to try Avon storms. I knew they would not get the mileage that the ME880's did. I tried 6 sets of these and every front cupped to the point of bar shake after about 4000 miles. I did and do absolutely love the rear Avon and get 8000 miles from them. I continue to use them on the rear.
Since then I have tried the following front radials....all weight rated for the LT with these results.
Me880 radial- Lasted as long as the rear Avon but had an odd profile that didnt match and was very noisy.
BT-021- Handled well all the way to 5 k miles but was worn to the cord on the left side.
Michelin Pilot Road 2- So far...this may be the answer, but I only have about 4k miles on it...very sticky...handles great...and quiet.
All I want is a set of tires that will go 8 k miles and wear out near the same time that do not cost an arm and a leg and handle well with little noise.
Hopefully some of this information will help others in their decisions. We do need to remember that tire mileage depends a lot on riding style and your environment.
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735,834 miles on touring motorcycles since 1990
IBA 45658 MOA167437
2000 LTC 90,600 miles KIA (new)
2003 LTE 164,188 miles Silver (Purchased with 1687)
2008 R1200RT 176,196 miles (Purchased with 16458)
2017 R1200RT 84,612 miles (new)
Total BMW miles 497,451
1982 GL1100 rode 84108 miles (bought with 12012 sold 96120)
1988 GL1500 rode 12067 miles (bought with 19893 totaled 31960)
1989 GL1500 rode 142208 miles (bought with 20302 sold 162510)
Goldwing miles 238,383