I had Ted at EMS put a new set of BT014s on my GSXR last fall, and I've been really happy with them. 10k km on them now, and the rear one is worn out. Its still meaty on the outside, but pretty melty in the centre. My weekene romp to Shuswap cooked it past the wear bars.
Now before you say I need to lean more, and ride more twisties, most of my mileage is commuting and/or long distance touring. I hit the twisties as much as I can, but year round commuting is hard to lean it over all the time. LoL.
Just trying to decide if I should throw a new set of BT016s on it, or try something a little harder compound?
The BT016 is a 2 or 3 compound tire, does that mean the centre is harder than my current tires, or are the outsides just that much softer?
Well, if you were happy with the tires, get something similar, 10k from a sportbike is pretty decent IMO.
The Pilot Powers or Pilot Roads are also very popular, the non-2CT variety, Conti Attacks, Diablos, really a lot of great rubber made these days.
Buy tires for the type of riding you do though....if you do more local commuting, a harder centre compound is probably a great choice.
Just did a bit of reading on the BT016. Seems the rear centre is quite hard, and wont melt away with a few commutes.
I agree, 10k is not bad, but note I bought them in the fall, and rode year round on them. So lots of cold pavement, try not to lowside it, rainy commuting. I fully expect to melt the next set before the season is done.
Think I'll try the 016's.