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I have used both PR2's and PR3's on the front of my 2003 LTE. They are both great tires and I actually see little difference in handling or wear between them.

My current combination is Avon Storm 2 Ultra on the back ( usually get about 11 K out of them ) and Pilot Road 3 on the front ( they go for about 16 K but I prefer to change tires as a set for that new bike feel)

http://www.swmototires.com/Avon-AVO...14&ez=Avon Street Bike Tires And Wheels&pos=1

$159.24

http://www.swmototires.com/Michelin...d=8345498&ez=Michelin Street Bike Tires&pos=1

$127.37

Set delivered to me for $286.61

That combination seems to provide me with the best handling and wear. Wet roads are never a problem and radial performance is what I prefer.

HTH,

Ron
 

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Thanks for the response Ron, what would you say is your aggression factor while riding? Are you seeing abnormal wear patterns in the rear tire using Avons? I have been researching the hell out of this issue and really like the idea of getting better rear traction and longish milage. I have worn out a rear 880 to the indicators at 10k and dont have any feathering of note. Just a slight squaring. I am getting used to the idea of needing tires every year.
 

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14wntr said:
I am thinking of running a BT-020 / PR3 combo on my 2K LT
I may be poking the beast here, but I believe the PR3 is a radial and the BT-020 is a Bias. If I am correct on that assumption and correct that it is my understanding that you should never mix the two on the same bike at the same time you may want to reconsider the combo. Just a thought before you make the purchase.
 

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I would call my riding style semi aggressive. I have never had this combo break loose in any way. As for the Avon...it keeps it's roundness better than most for the life of the tire. I had terrible luck with the Avon front tires...but the rears have been excellent.

The only slight negative may be that the radial sidewalls are not as stiff as bias plys when you have a flat. ME 880's will almost hold the bike up flat. For some reason I had several flats in the past few months and got to practice backing up onto 4x4's in order to get the bike on the center stand. My flats were all nail/screw induced...just bad luck.

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14wntr said:
I appreciate any insight. I have not bought anything yet. Why is it not advised?
Honestly, that is a little beyond my knowledge, however I was able to find this on the Dunlop website - I know that they don't make tires for the LT but I would think the facts would apply across the spectrum:

Can I change my tires from bias ply to radial or vice versa?

Bias and radial tires have significantly different dynamic properties. They deflect differently, create different cornering forces, have different damping characteristics, as well as other differences. In order for radial tires to be introduced into the two-wheel market, it was necessary to change certain characteristics of the motorcycle. The introduction of the radial tire led to such things as modified frames, wider wheels, new steering geometries and suspensions. Therefore, it is recommended that a motorcycle be used with the type of tire construction that it came with originally. If a change is to be made, then it should only be done if the motorcycle or tire manufacturer has approved the change. Above all, do not mix bias ply and radial tires on the same motorcycle unless it is with the approval of the motorcycle or tire manufacturer.

Here is the link: http://www.dunlopmotorcycle.com/faq/
 

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Re: Is anyone Pilot R3's out front?

My 2 cents;

I ussually run Avons, but tried the PR3 up front with Avon rear. Not bad. Im fairly agressive, foot peg wear and tear. Handling is "about" the same and the PR3 gets about 5-6k higher mileage. But I ride everyday and in the rain. In the rain nothing compares to the Avon storms. the Avon just gives me more confidence. The PR 3 is good but not great. I just changed a set again and went back to the Avon front. Still the best handling rain or shine, I am willing to suffer the mileage for the confidence.
Just my opinion.
Note: I would never run Dunlops even if they made one for us.

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Good food for thought. Maybe I will hash on my Metz 880 front for a while longer and push with a Battleaxe on the rear. I still have a lot of life left in the front before it needs changing. I really dont like the tar snakes with the 880 and wouldnt mind better grip.
 
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