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    Okay, I'm convinced. I ordered the Continental motion 160-60 17. It was only $90.48 with free shipping.

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    I enjoyed my Conti Motion as well, but I will say that it doesn't last as long as it could. Both the one on my bike, and the one I mounted on a friends bike were toast around 7k miles (rear tire -- fronts seem to last much longer, I'm at ~10k on the front with lots of life left). It's still good value/mile, but not quite as much as you might think. If you pay to have your tires swapped the savings are probably non-existent.

    Conti - $79.08 / 7k miles = $.0113/mi

    PR4 - $166.87 / 11k miles = $.0152/mi (+$.0039)

    Figure the Average Joe riding 10k/year that's about $39 saved per year. Prices from American Moto Tire today, for reference. YMMV, of course .

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    Quote Originally Posted by mburgess View Post
    Okay, I'm convinced. I ordered the Continental motion 160-60 17. It was only $90.48 with free shipping.
    Next time consider getting it for $79.08 with free shipping at American Motorcycle Tire.
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    As 670cc just said... order 'em from American Motorcycle ... the link is [HERE].
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    Wow, I'm glad I checked here for tires. I also went for the first time with the Conti Motions and for the prices @ AMT I couldn't justify doing the Michelin Road Pilot (3 or 4) . I mostly commute and have over 33K on my 2012 (that's with a couple of months off in Cali and the sporadic rain). I've only managed to get about 11-12K out of them and figured I'd try these. Great Thread.

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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by 670cc View Post
    Next time consider getting it for $79.08 with free shipping at American Motorcycle Tire.
    Thanks. I will see how these ones work out for me first.

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    I wanted something that had grooves into or across the center of the rear tire. Shinko Raven 009 looked like something I wanted to try, seemed reasonably priced with some promise of longevity. Only 4,000 miles so far... looking good for a while. It seems to handle well (spoken from a noo-by perspective... like, what do I know about this.)
    As a comparison:
    Shinko 009 Raven Rear Tire - Motorcycle Superstore

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    My Shinko Raven 009 with over 4,000 miles so far.
    Best economical rear tire for mostly on road use?-uploadfromtaptalk1439495590877-jpg

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    Here is the mileage I have gotten from the rear tires I have used so far. A lot of the use on these tires was a daily highway commute and a couple long tours. I know a lot of people get better mileage than I do, but this would be a way you might be able to compare different tires. All of these were worn the Tread Wear Indicators.

    Stock Metzler, 5206 miles
    Full Bore M-1, 4818 miles
    Shinko Raven #1, 9212 miles
    Shinko Raven #2, 7210 miles (used for a coast to coast ride two up)
    Conti Motion, 4412 miles to date. Based on measured tread I expect it to last about 5500 miles.

    The Metzler worked well but with the short life I couldn't justify the high replacement cost so I tired the Full Bore which was the cheapest tire AmericanMotoTire.com had at the time. A nice ride and handling but short life.

    Searching for longer life I tried the Ravens. They wore well but have a wider, flatter profile and a harder rubber so they handle slower.

    I really liked the way the Conti handled. However, by 3000 miles it had squared off and began to "cup". I'm going try a second one hoping the last wasn't normal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddennis669 View Post
    Here is the mileage I have gotten from the rear tires I have used so far. A lot of the use on these tires was a daily highway commute and a couple long tours. I know a lot of people get better mileage than I do, but this would be a way you might be able to compare different tires. All of these were worn the Tread Wear Indicators.

    Stock Metzler, 5206 miles
    Full Bore M-1, 4818 miles
    Shinko Raven #1, 9212 miles
    Shinko Raven #2, 7210 miles (used for a coast to coast ride two up)
    Conti Motion, 4412 miles to date. Based on measured tread I expect it to last about 5500 miles.

    The Metzler worked well but with the short life I couldn't justify the high replacement cost so I tired the Full Bore which was the cheapest tire AmericanMotoTire.com had at the time. A nice ride and handling but short life.

    Searching for longer life I tried the Ravens. They wore well but have a wider, flatter profile and a harder rubber so they handle slower.

    I really liked the way the Conti handled. However, by 3000 miles it had squared off and began to "cup". I'm going try a second one hoping the last wasn't normal.
    Helpful... thanks. I feel even more comfortable with my choice to try the Shinko Raven.

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