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    Question Do we have any members here who own a Suzuki DL1000 (V-Strom) ?

    Looking for some info on tires for the 1000cc model. If you own one, post up please. Thanks!
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    I don't own a Strom but can i ask what you are looking for in a tire?

    Without knowing and making an assumption that your Strom is a road bike i highly recommend the Michelin Pilot road 4. they make a "trail" model in your size. I currently run the PR4's on my Multi and i'm pretty impressed with them. They wear great, great grip and great in the rain, i currently have ~8k on mine now. The tires i ran before that were the factory scorpion trails and i went thru a set of those every 2-3k before the rear was corded. These Michelins like i said have 8k on them and still have a ton of life left. I don't feel i gave up anything in grip vs the scorpion trails and they are vastly superior to the scorpion trails in the rain.
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    Tommy, from what you and I have discussed, it sounded like you had no real plans to take it on dirt, correct? If so, I think the best tire you can get is the Michelin Pilot Road 4. I've heard nothing but rave reviews about it, from sport bikes to touring bikes to so on.
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    Another vote for the Pilot Road 4 here! I'm on my second set of Pilot Road 3's now and love them. I've never slipped on wet roads with them yet!
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    Thanks Guys. I was hoping we had a couple Vee owners, but I don't know, I might be the only one? The reason I was asking for 1000cc owners, was; I believe the difference between the Wee and the Vee is quite substantial. A Vee owner would know what I am talking about. They might have toned them down a bit now, but a 2005 stock Vee is a crazy, twitchy, suicidal bike that wants to kill you if you don't use a lot of finesse, all the time. So, I need the very best sticky, long wearing, load bearing, high speed tire I can find. I have looked at quite a few reviews of tires for the Vee, but honestly, I just don't know what is one of the best tires for it. I'm not in the financial position to just get a different pair if I don't like them. I will be stuck with what I choose. Also, I will be teaching my sister to ride a bike this year, so she will be spending a lot of time on the back of the Vee for a while while I attempt to teach her enough not to kill herself. I need a quality tire. Also, with my weight and her weight, (she's a tall big boned gal and weighs more than most women, but not overly fat like me) I believe we will be overdoing the load capacity of the bike a bit, so I need all the safety going for us that we can get. I don't plan on ever going off road with it, only street and highway.
    Thanks for the help, I need it!! Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PecosBill View Post
    Given that your bike is a dual sport, of sorts, what kind of riding are you wanting to do. Street or Offroad ?

    My BIL (brother in law) has a 1000 strom and he uses different sized tires than what they call for. He uses a 120/80-19 on front and a 160/70-17 on the back.
    I think those are slightly wider than the original tires.
    Nice to know. Stock for my year is 110's on the front and 150's on the rear. I would go bigger like that if they will fit my 2005. What year is his?
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    I don't know the first thing about those bikes, but I'm still voting for TKC 80's.
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    LT, stick with the stock size and don't get a higher weight rated set, you won't need them.
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    Tommy,
    Here is a video that has more info for you on the PR4.

    Like i said im pretty pleased with mine on my multi which like your strom is pretty crazy with the added bonus of 50 more horsepower and a fair bit more torque. The PR4's on mine grip well even with the traction control off. They get the job done.

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    I had a 07 wee strom for a few years and 22,000kms. Ran the stock trail wings just fine for the first 12,000kms and had no complaints. But decided to try metzler torance tires and was not a fan found the bike to be far more twitchy. I one of the rare ones to rly like the stock trail wings on that bike.

    As for difference between the wee and vee. It rly isn't THAT big a difference. The Vee has more grunt but it oddly seems higher in the rev range. Below 4000rpm the wee strom seemed to work better. The Dl1000 also suffers a bit of throttle twitchyness that can be remedied with a tuner.
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