Best tires?

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  1. Norse

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    I'm going to throw some fresh rubber on my spare set of wheels, so they are ready for next season.
    This will be my first tire change on this bike and in my experience, every bike model has it's own "preferences" in that area.

    So, are there any tires that are commonly considered the best for a 2000 VFR?
    I don't care about price and I need something that will work well in both wet and dry conditions.
    I do quite a few miles in a year, so longevity is also relevant .

    Have been considering Pirelli Angel GT2 or Michelin Road 5.

    Any others I should be looking at?
     
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    I am on my third set of Michelins, using the Road 5s currently. Tire wear is gradual, I am always amazed at the drastic improvement with good new tires.
     
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    The Angels and Pilot Road 5's are great choices, I'd add the Metzeler Roadtec 01 in there, and also Bridgestone T31. I doubt you'd be disappointed with any of these, all are great wet/dry sport-touring tyres that should get decent mileage.
     
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    I've had excellent results using Michelin pilot power front and road 2 in the rear. bonus is that they both wear out around the same time.
     
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    I'm running a Dunlop Q2 in front, and SportMax II in back. Really like the grip, and tip-in.

    Jose
     
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    Well if you’re leaning toward Michelin, they’re offering a $50 rebate on certain sets of tires, I believe the Road 5 qualifies. In all my years of running Michelins, not very often have I seen them provide rebates, at least not as often as the other manufacturers seem to do, might take advantage of this myself!
     
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    OP is in Denmark so rebate may not be available there, I'd go for Roadtec 01 myself, why not wait till springtime to fit the fresh rubber?
     
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    Thanks for the input. Still not sure which I will go with, but pretty sure it will be either the Road 5 or Angel GT. From what I can tell, both are at the very top of the tire charts.

    Had a look and it seems you are correct. Couldn't find anything on a rebate in Denmark.
    As for waiting. I have a second set of wheels so it doesn't really matter. The plan is to get new tire on those and just have them ready to go on the bike next year. The old ones still have a few 1000 miles left on them, so when I switch, they will be kept as spares in case of a flat. It's easier to change a wheel than a tire, after all.

    Spare wheels are a very overlooked luxury.
     
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    True, I suppose I get over the spare wheels thing by having 2 bikes, sometimes 3 in the stable so I'm never without a bike to ride really. spare vfr wheels would be handy though.
    have you priced oponeo for your tyres?
     
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    I subscribe to the multiple bikes approach as well. But it's still nice to have spare wheels.

    No idea what oponeo is or means.
     
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    oponeo are based in Poland I think, can't be beaten on price in my experience, I and a lot of friends have bought tyres from them, always good fresh tyres, if you can fit the tyres yourself or have a local tyre guy who will fit them you are on a winner.

    https://www.oponeo.ie/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjrPG1or75AIVR7TtCh1hfw7oEAAYASAAEgLNyfD_BwE
     
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    Denmark is not listed on the site. Not that it matters.
    Their prises are not that great either. Checked the Angel GT2's and they are a bit more expensive before shipping, than they are in Denmark with shipping.
     
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    shipping is free, I'm surprised the tyres are cheaper in Denmark, I thought everything was very expensive in your country.
     
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    Some things are cheap, some expensive. Bikes are more expensive but insurance is cheap. Tires are pretty cheap but brake rotors are expensive.
    Pretty sure most countries are like that in some ways.
     
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    In the market now for some new rubber myself, can't decide which though, Roadtec 01, Road 5's or Road 4's, or angel gt2, I have narrowed it down to these three, price is more or less the same, grip is more important than longevity to me, especially wet grip.
     
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    I don't have a huge amount of experience on different sets or brands but I can recommend Metzeler Sportec M7 RR's. Even though they are in the sportier end of their offering (and work well on track I must add) they also warm up fairly fast and work well on the road in wet weather too. Can't tell yet how long they last since I'm going through my first set. If longevity is top priority then maybe something more towards road / touring would be better but for sporty riding and occasional track days these are great.
     
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    Bridgestone Batlax T30 or T31's booth are great tires
     
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