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    I just noticed a split / cut in my rear tire that is pretty deep. There are also a few tiny splits that may or may not get bigger. I run E3's and they are horrible in wet conditions, in fact while riding yesterday I slipped 3 or 4 times and that is what prompted me to inspect my tire. Im going to order a CT today. As for my riding style I average 36,000 per year and it's probably an even mix of highway and two lane roads. I think I can hang with most in the twisties. It was suggested that I get a Falken Zeix 912, but I'm concerned that because its a soft tire that I'll burn through it pretty quick on the slab. I have 4 rear rims so I could theoretically have 4 different tires mounted, since it takes nothing to swap them out. Here's my dilema. I know if I'm local I can choose what ever tire I have mounted. When I go on trips I ride the slab to get there and then hit the twisties, or I mix it up slab and 2 lanes. I have done several week long trips of between 6 and 8 thousand miles, and I'm afraid that no one tire can accommodate the trips. If I could bring myself to ride like an adult all would be good but I just can not ride that way for long. At this point I'm not sure a CT is worth the aggravation and maybe instead I should try a different MC tire. SO MUCH TO THINK ABOUT! LOL

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    CAC, I understand your position since I am sort of in the same boat. It seems the best handling tire is not a run-flat and does not last liong at all (the Falken tire). The Alpin lasts longer, but for me that is not a tire for straightening out turns. Based on input from others you might try the Yokohama Avid Envigor ZPS. It is just hard to say, but you'll have to start somewhere. Good luck.
    Richard
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    • #3
      First, thanks for honestly and objectively thinking through this decision. Second, you've already made on great decision - to get away from the E3s. They are a real danger on wet roads. I know from first hand experience.

      I agree with TravelinLite. The Yoko might be a good place to start. With your riding style, it will perform better in the twisties than the Alpin. When we rode south together from Paint Bank earlier this year, I was on a Yoko or Pirelli RF, and you saw how it performed. Mind you, we weren't riding that hard and some of it was on unknown roads, but we did OK.

      In your position, I would mount a Falken 912 (top performance), a Yokohama AVID ENVigor ZPS (strong multi-use tire), a Pirelli Cinturato P1 (light RF that performs well) and perhaps a high mileage slab tire. It is up to you. The key is to select a tire based on its strengths compared to what you want it to do. ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS, like you are doing. There are lots of experienced folks here that are happy to share information. Murgie, TravelinLite and Ohiowinger are among the best sources of information around. Keep us posted as to your experiences.
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      • #4
        You have four rims. Mount the Falkens on each rim and run them. Having a long trip planned? Swap out for a fresh mounted wheel. Running just local? Swap out for a wheel with less rubber so you can get them used up. You get the idea. Good luck on your search.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by murgie View Post
          You have four rims. Mount the Falkens on each rim and run them. Having a long trip planned? Swap out for a fresh mounted wheel. Running just local? Swap out for a wheel with less rubber so you can get them used up. You get the idea. Good luck on your search.
          I guess I'm over thinking it. I ordered one to start.

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            One Falken is never enough. [/URL]

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            • #7
              The Falken is my overall favorite but if you want to try a RF, go with the Yoko.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by OhioWinger View Post
                One Falken is never enough. [/URL]

                There is a tire shop called "Big-O Tire". Now I know where they got their name Ohiowinger.:D
                Richard
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by TravelinLite View Post
                  There is a tire shop called "Big-O Tire". Now I know where they got their name Ohiowinger.:D
                  LOL

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                  • #10
                    Just got some interesting news from the shop. They were told that they can not inspect a bike with a car tire on it. They gave me a # to call, but I haven't done it yet. I will report back with my findings. Probably just another uninformed wannabe power play.

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                    • Elrod
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                      I would be curious to know if it is their policy or if it is some other standard they are using. To the best of my knowledge, there is no requirement in any US state for motorcycle tires other than "DOT Approved". Could be a dealer policy, ignorant service guy or corporate policy. Don't lose faith; there are many shops out there that will mount the tire. Where are you located?

                  • #11
                    Originally posted by CAC View Post
                    ...They were told that they can not inspect a bike with a car tire on it....
                    Interesting! I hope they will provide you the section of state code that states that valuable tidbit of information. I think there was another shop up in PA that tried this same chit. Funny cuz another shop in PA actually delivered a brand new wing with a CT on it.
                    Richard
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                    • #12
                      This is not someone from the shop, but a guy who oversees inspection shops is how I took it. I had them all searching for something in writing, but only left with a number to call. Apparently he told them if anyone has any questions to have them call him, so that's what I'm going to do.

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by CAC View Post
                        This is not someone from the shop, but a guy who oversees inspection shops is how I took it. I had them all searching for something in writing, but only left with a number to call. Apparently he told them if anyone has any questions to have them call him, so that's what I'm going to do.
                        This is an interesting topic, please start another thread as it would be good reference. My local Honda dealer has no issues working on my wing with a CT on it but they will not mount a CT on the wheel.
                        ...gene
                        2012 GL1800 NAVI, GWRRA 367875
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                        • #14
                          I talked with him, he is referencing pub 45 in the pa inspection manual. I tried on my phone to look it up but didn't have any luck. Apparently it states that the tires need to be of a type recommended by the manufacturer of the vehicle. We talked for quite awhile and way too much to type, but basically touched on just about everything I've read on the forums.
                          Last year or so I called my insurance agent about it and he said its fine. When I get to a real computer I'll try and look it up. But regardless if he's telling shops not to inspect them, it's eventually going to cause some arse ache for Pennsylvanians

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                          • #15
                            I agree. If he is telling the shops not to inspect, one would have to go over his head to straighten him out. Just an interesting tidbit. Honda doesn't recommend an after market trike kit nor does honda produce a trike kit, Therefore, honda does not recommend the car tires that are fitted to the back of any trike, and, trikes are registered as motorcycles in the state of PA. I know you already know this, but wonder what excuses he'd make for that situation.
                            Richard
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