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1200 Multistrada Tyres

Discussion in 'Multistrada' started by Mark_h, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. Firstly an appology. I am currently mid-way through a tour of Wales on the bike with patchy internet coverage. Searching the forum is proving a nightmare so have to ask a question that has probabyly been asked a hundred times already.

    Picked up my 2014 1200 touring lasf week. Love it and an now riding around wales in the storms, rain and snow for a week. All was going well until I set off from my b&b this morning to find a flat rear.

    Found someone locally who could do bikes but turned out he did not have the 55mm socket for the wheel nut, nobody locally had one he could borrow and I declined to let him use his stilsons!

    With a bit of washingup liquid spray, we found the hole and I "fixed" it with some sticky string. So far been ok all day.

    The bike came with angel gt fitted. The front is about 50% gone, the rear is quite badly squared and now has a bodged puncture repair. So finally we get to my question...

    In this state, would you go for a new angel gt on the rear and keep the front as is or go for a pair of less expensive but usually decent tyres like bt-023 and get a pair for not much more than a single angel.

    What is the recommended tyre these days? And any recommended fitters in the vacinity of Brecon?

    Im a fairly steady rider, not a knee down addict. I ride in most weathers and will be carrying some luggage and the occasional pillion. Used to have bt-023 on my last bike and they were fine.

    Also, any recommendations for a little compressor for roadside repairs in the future?
  2. Just change both of mine from the original Pirelli Scorpion 2 to Michelin Road 5’s, so far I have found them to be a great improvement, better tracking through corners, suspension seems softer and the whole thing feels a bit lighter and livelier. I got mine in North Wales at Buckley tyres £250 a set.. Hope that helps.
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  3. Got Michelin Road 5 on mine, like them!

    For a pump - this fits under the seat of a DVT.
  4. I suggest you change both tires to match. Front is cheap.
  5. I used to think that. Then I thought I'd try a different rear. Discovered that mixing makes and models makes no difference so now I only buy the tyre I needs and can try changing models if I want.

    i currently have a BT30 front and an Avon storm 3d xm rear.

    I think my prefered choice in future will be PR 4 front (12000 miles and good wet grip) and Storm 3d xm rear (longevity looking great and edge grip good too).


    P.S. I ride a 2014 twin spark Multi
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  6. For a compressor, you could look at one of these. I have one for my hypermotard, doesn't fit under the seat, but then nothing does on the hyper :confused:.


    Not sure how easily you can get this in the UK, but they do also sell via Amazon, I had mine shipped from the States to Vietnam so it could work. Not the cheapest out there, but solid and works well.
  7. I have Pirelli Angel GT's fitted to my 2014 1200S GT, they came with the bike (from a main dealer) and I am happy with them. Although I have yet to ride them in the warm weather.

    As for a compressor, I instead use a mini footpump, it's not the best, but it is small and will pump up a motorcycle tyre.
  8. Always in pairs

    This compressor should only be used with a running engine.
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  9. It's not necessary to change tyres as pairs.

    The front tyre should last as long as about two rear tyres. It should only need replacing when worn or if it's over five years old.
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  10. Also keep your fingers out of the whirly bits while it's running and give it 5 mins to cool down after inflating a tyre as it gets hot. These are characteristics, not faults. You just have to use it like a grown up rather than like a millennial. The small size is ace. Love mine! :)
  11. Yeah I know but the cost of a front-tire is negligible & you don't need to keep two sets of mileage countdowns running in your head. This is a feature motorcycle manufactures are missing out on. A tire warning counter system (operated by owner).
  12. Think he meant matched, if I understood correctly (edit: I didn't :D ).

    I don't feel well qualified to be able to mix and match tyres and to know what the impact is going to be. They often feel like enough of a lottery anyway, with so much nonsense spouted about them. So at least in matching front and rear tyres it feels like I'm minimising the chances of having the two ends of the bike conflict with one another. Stuff like warm-up characteristics or wet / dry grip would seem to be areas where I don't want radically a different performance expectation between front and back.

    Over the years I've been happy with Michelin Pilot Road 2CS (Fireblade), Pilot Road 4 (Superlight), Michelin Road 5 (MTS), Bridgestone S21 (999s and R1) and Bridgestone BT016-Pro (Fireblade, 749s). I have Pirelli Diablo Rosso / Corsa on a couple of bikes (748 and 851) that I use really only when the weather is nice as I find their performance in the cold to be a bit unpredictable and the Supercorsa II (HP4) are just not great road tyres for me... I'm sure they're amazing if you're on track, and if you're a knee-down-every-corner type (like the blokes in their 50's that wear t-shirts over their leathers at Willy Woods ;) ) but I think I'm looking for something a bit more versatile next time out there.
  13. Let me breakdown my thinking; a rear tyre is say £200, front tyre is £100.

    Even if the front has 50% or less of tread available equating to £50 value. I'm not willing to save that amount with a full-time mode of transport. There are times when its happened but I try not to have different wearing rubber on my bikes.

    I've now moved to doing my own tires with a full max2h system, saving me £35 fitting charge per tire. And riding to the shop & potential impulse buying some new stuff.
  14. It's not nuts. Depends what your time is worth... hadn't really thought of it that way, but as a ride to get tyres sorted usually takes a good three hours, and yes I also end up buying something else I hadn't anticipated... you might be onto something there! :D
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  15. I agree.
    The rear gets wormed-down about twice as fast as the front.
    However, I would never replace the rear with a different make and model than the front.
    The engineers have designed them to work together. I don't have the knowledge to debate their R&D.
    If I don't like a particular make or model, I would then change both.
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  16. That amazes me. The tyre company I use don’t charge that much for their ‘ride in, ride out’ sevice. I have for many years just taken loose wheels for a tyre change for which I get charged £7/wheel and includes new inner valve mechanism and balancing.
    I have noticed over the years I have been riding a Multistrada, front tyre wear increases significantly when you ride with enthusiasm as the geometry of the front end tends to push the front wheel as you lean into the bend. Having shagged set upon set of Metzeler M7RRs, usually 2 to 3 pairs a year, I am now on my second set of the Metzeler Roadtec 01s. IMO, a good tyre in wet and dry with about 6000 miles in it and yes, I always change my tyres as a pair, life is way too short to be messing about going backwards and forwards for one tyre. Andy
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  17. £335 to change a set of Multistrada tyres?

    I may have a couple of "sorcerous legumes" for sale, I think you would really find them useful. Feel free to DM me for pricing. :joy:
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  18. To be fair the shop does a £10 off each tire if you buy through them, so its £50 ontop of the tyres. But I'm with you that life is too short to be faffing about saving literally a couple of quid.
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  19. Bloody hell Paddy I hope they use Lube !!:eek:
    tell me do you throw the bottom half of the fuel in the tank away when you go to fill up ?? :joy:
    sorry mate but you being daft IMHO, Ive never had a bike that didnt do 2 rears to 1 front and again IMHO chcucking away what is a perfectly servicable tyre is not only foolish from a monetry view point but very wastefull:(
    My tyre place doesnt charge me any extra for fitting to loose wheels and I dont pay anywhere near that money
    they only charge me £10 a wheel to fit and balance if I supply the tyre, and that includes disposing of the old ones !
    still each to their own....:worried:
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  20. My local council charge £12 plus VAT to dispose of a tyre, this was a contributing factor now as to why I don't change my own tyres. Did it for 8 years and saved loads, but not anymore because of this.
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