I will also be due for a rear tire soon. I have 5000 miles on the original. Looks like I can get maybe another 500 miles out of it, but not much more.aehansen said:Has anyone replaced their original tires with Pirelli GTS23 (front) and GTS24 (rear) radials? The best price I could find for Pirelli and Bridgestone indicated the latter are twice the cost of Pirellis. Any feedback would be appreciated before I re-tire.
I saw and talked to a Yellow Vstrom rider at the Biker hangout today. Sweet ride. Tall,pauljo said:I got my new Pirelli rear tire installed today on the 650. Looks pretty good - actually for $60.95, it looks excellent. Rode on it for a little while and it felt fine.
Well, that is not good news... I probably won't make it to November before I need to replace the front tire.aehansen said:I looked back at my original post on Pirelli tires and realized that I hadn't specified that the front tire was the one I was told would not be available untill November.
It is, or at least was, an Italian company.pauljo said:Funny thing. I always thought that Pirelli was an Italian tire company, But "Made in Germany" is stamped on the side of the tire.
I don't think that's it. That's a typical Japanese ploy, but in Pirelli's case I think it's because of the lower labor costs at the tire factories in the former East Germany.pauljo said:...The only bad thought that haunts me, is that Pirelli might be undercutting market prices to get a grip (pun intended) on the super-scooter tire market, with the intention of raising prices once they have attained their targeted market share.
Interesting... When I see "Made in Germany" on a product, I automatically think of the traditional West Germany... And their products are generally pricey. You are probably right!Brian said:I don't think that's it. That's a typical Japanese ploy, but in Pirelli's case I think it's because of the lower labor costs at the tire factories in the former East Germany.