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I have the original front with an Avon Storm 3D X-M on the rear, until the front wears out then I'll change that too. I can't say I've noticed any changes in how the bike rides.
 

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Although it's always preferred to have the same tyre model front and rear, if you want to mix tyre models, just don't forget something : always mount the more efficient tyre for grip on the front wheel.
It's easier to manage a rear tyre sliding than a front tyre sliding, in a corner.

So, always mount the softer model front !
 

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The OEM tires are way too soft... wearing out at 7500km is too quick. Even worse is the 18inch rim size for the front. Very few alternatives available.
 

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Although it's always preferred to have the same tyre model front and rear, if you want to mix tyre models, just don't forget something : always mount the more efficient tyre for grip on the front wheel.
It's easier to manage a rear tyre sliding than a front tyre sliding, in a corner.

So, always mount the softer model front !
The OEM tyres are very grippy, which is probably why they have such a short life. But I'm extremely unlikely to be riding in a style that gets any of the tyres sliding.
 

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The OEM tyres are very grippy, which is probably why they have such a short life. But I'm extremely unlikely to be riding in a style that gets any of the tyres sliding.
Tyre sliding may happen even when driving calm, just by riding on a wet surface, like pedestrian crossing plastic signals. If so, I would prefer when the rear tyre is sliding, rather than the front one.
 

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In that particular case (pedestrian crossing), I don't think the rubber compound contributes much to the total equation. They are notoriously slippery anyay.

That said the Pirelli MT66R has always been a high grip/low life tire. Your grip in rain should be up there with the best.

These 7500kms, is that front or rear?
 

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Tyre sliding may happen even when driving calm, just by riding on a wet surface, like pedestrian crossing plastic signals. If so, I would prefer when the rear tyre is sliding, rather than the front one.
Don't I know it. Many years ago in the seventies I had a 1955 Ariel 350 that I used as a ride to work bike. This bike had a 20" front rim and tyres that size just couldn't be got then. It had an ancient Dunlop Universal fitted that was as hard as a billiard ball. The first time out on it I fell off at the first junction when the front tyre just slid from under me. Over the next few months it spat me off 4 or 5 times even on perfectly dry roads. I learned to ride it with extreme care, slowing down in plenty of time and with absolutely no power on until well past the apex of any corner. I survived.
 

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I have the original front with an Avon Storm 3D X-M on the rear, until the front wears out then I'll change that too. I can't say I've noticed any changes in how the bike rides.
I am currently running Angels at the moment but started wondering what I want next, currently looking at Dunlop Sportmax 3, or the Avon Storm. So onto my question did you change the front one and also how did it handle. I'm not one for getting my knee down so am looking for tyres that last a good few thousand miles, but don't want one that feels like it stepping out on me.

Thanks.
 

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Tje bike was off the road all winter so I'm still running the original on the front. It has done just over 4,000 miles now but won't last much longer.
I've noticed no impairment of the handling with the odd tyre mix and the Avon grips much more than I need and is showing negligible wear. I have also fitted a pair to my MTS1200 (which is currently for sale)
 

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I have the original on front (still loads of tread left) and replaced the rear 3500 miles in with a michelin pilot road 3 and it is really good straight from fitting.
 

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I've just installed a set of the Avon Storms, haven't run them a single mile yet. The Angel GT's were nice in every way, but at around 8,000 miles the rear was done. I hadn't reached the inner most wear indicator yet, but once the tire was off I could see and feel that it was super thin in the middle. I'm hoping for 10,000 miles or better out of the Avon's, we'll see.

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I've just installed a set of the Avon Storms, haven't run them a single mile yet. The Angel GT's were nice in every way, but at around 8,000 miles the rear was done. I hadn't reached the inner most wear indicator yet, but once the tire was off I could see and feel that it was super thin in the middle. I'm hoping for 10,000 miles or better out of the Avon's, we'll see.

Sarah
Can you please keep us posted on the tyre handling when they have bedded in. I hopefully have a couple of thou left on the Angels.

Thanks.
 

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Drove 7.500 km and they still look new. Neither I am driving like hell. Curious when I need to change them.
 

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Drove 7.500 km and they still look new. Neither I am driving like hell. Curious when I need to change them.
Hello , I am about to change the rear tyre on my ICON ,IT WILL HAVE DONE 5.500 ONLY .
But I like the `look` of the tyre which suits the bike .
Does anyone have a UK supplier for the Pirelli , or has anyone tried alternatives ,as you yourself have done .
Remind me please the type of your tyres .

rangerover .
 

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Just a curiosity, but does anyone know why the standard tyre tread patterns go opposite ways on the front and rear tyres?
 

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Just a curiosity, but does anyone know why the standard tyre tread patterns go opposite ways on the front and rear tyres?
Good question ,I have thought about that on a few occasions .
ANYONE OUT THERE with knowledge .
I am to go to National tyres Barnsley Yorkshire for a new rear Pirelli MT60 at £133 fitted to loose wheel .
rangerover .
 
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