You are really gonna like the road 5'sI just got new tires, a pair of Michelin Road 5s. Handling is amazing, right off the dealer I noticed that the bike just turns now with the slightest input. I don't know if it is because I got used to the bald spot on the old tires or the new ones handle much better or because my wallet is so much lighter now but the bike is really flick-able.
I may be wrong, but I remember a discussion here about whether modern tires have wax on them. According to the dealer, they do and they recommend that I take it easy for the first 150 km.
PS: The wax is so the tires do not dry out prematurely, while in storage.
Teorist. Here's a short article on 'tire break-in' if your interested. It was published in 2014, but it's content is still valid with 'new and better versions'.I may be wrong, but I remember a discussion here about whether modern tires have wax on them. According to the dealer, they do and they recommend that I take it easy for the first 150 km.
Like I've said before....come on down!! I'll show ya the good roads. SCNinja400 has already reached out to me for another run at it.I spent the day with Ms. Noire, and now it's cocktail hour.
Well it was supposed to be New Tire Day. Didn't happen.
I started out replacing my Scottoiler, which had died on my Lake Michigan 1000. This had been transferred from my old bike, and had provided good service in about 23 states, so I'm not entirely disappointed even though it should have lasted longer. As long as I had the fairings off, I checked the stuff I know to check, rationalized the wiring on my gadgets as they had been installed over time, and then went for a test ride. When I returned home, I had a message from the dealer that my front tire hadn't arrived, and that they had checked alternate suppliers who were also out of stock. Pththth! They were Michelin Road 5s. Just in case it would prove to be an issue getting the front tire, I updated my research and armed myself with a list of substitutes I'd be willing to try.
Then we were off to the dealer to get an oil change and discuss the tire situation. I like having pros look over the bike every now and then, but really should do my own oil more often. It turns out there's a recall on my front wheel speed sensor harness, so that was ordered. More !
The parts desk guy was generous with his time, and explained that their supplier had given them a delivery date based on a predicted arrival at their warehouse. The new delivery date for the front tire was also based on a promise instead of actual inventory. We went through my tire list while checking the supplier's on-hand inventory, and found that the only complete set in stock that was on my list was the Metzeler Sportec M9 RR. So we ordered it and set a new date for the tires and the front harness thing.
This will be my first time with Metzelers, but I've a friend who has been very loyal to that brand, and he goes through a lot of tires.
My expectation was that Ninjette Noire would be good to roam the continent again by this time today. Now, maybe I plan a trip that won't tax the remaining life in my OEM tires. Hmm, maybe if I take Ninjette to visit the Dragon, her tires will once again become rounded instead of flat?!?
Not very far for me at all. I live in the north suburbs, so it's only about 5 or 10 miles before I reach less congested roads. Several of the pics were from about 40 miles away. It's really easy to reach some uncongested riding to my north and west, but heading south either involves congested traffic or a very circuitous route to avoid going through town. Construction season is in full swing, and I like good roads so I know that I should be patient with it, but I'm also avoiding the larger projects on the interstates to the south and west during the work week.That is sweet! How far out of Milwaukee is that?
I have a little over 130 miles (210 kilometers) on them so far. They scrubbed in readily. And they feel really good in curves, but that might just be because they have a rounded profile where my old tires were squared off. I haven't yet used them in the rain.Currently I have Sportec M7,let me have Your opinion on M9,Baxter,thanks