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JohnAlways

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Re: 2012 EX - best tyres?
« Reply #30 on: April 17, 2018, 10:17:26 AM »
They don't seem to do ZV7 tyres less than 195. My Jazz has 175/65 x 15 so had to go for ZT5, only on the back at the moment soon to try on the front as well.

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Re: 2012 EX - best tyres?
« Reply #31 on: April 17, 2018, 10:34:34 AM »
Approaching 20000 miles on my Michelins and they still have a fair bit of tread. Back ones obviously more than the fronts. Last time I checked it was 5plus mm on the fronts and 6mm on the backs and that is with enthusiastic driving. I will concede that this winter with the copious amounts of rain we have had, that the grip is not quite as good as it was on 'pigging' metal covers. Perhaps BT/et als cable covers that always seem to be four together in a line on a bend and are more polished than they were.
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Re: 2012 EX - best tyres?
« Reply #32 on: April 17, 2018, 03:23:19 PM »
Approaching 20000 miles on my Michelins and they still have a fair bit of tread. Back ones obviously more than the fronts. Last time I checked it was 5plus mm on the fronts and 6mm on the backs and that is with enthusiastic driving. I will concede that this winter with the copious amounts of rain we have had, that the grip is not quite as good as it was on 'pigging' metal covers. Perhaps BT/et als cable covers that always seem to be four together in a line on a bend and are more polished than they were.
Horses for courses.

I found Michelin ES long lasting but wanting for grip on damp / wet roads, I am not so worried about long mileage these days so went for grippier tyres.

If you think manhole / BT covers are bad news in a car try hitting / avoiding them mid bend on a motorbike :o
« Last Edit: April 17, 2018, 04:01:47 PM by culzean »
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Re: 2012 EX - best tyres?
« Reply #33 on: April 18, 2018, 12:20:24 PM »
One thing I DO NOT miss from my M/C days.
Looking at the state of our roads, I have noticed that where two lanes are joined and the road surface is breaking up a trench about 3 inches wide and as deep as the layer of tarmac appears which must be very dangerous to M/C riders. I thought the dangers of tram lines and bicycle wheels were long gone now it is even more dangerous.
Yes I am old enough to have fallen foul of tramlines.
 I of course should  remember that we have modern trams with their dreaded lines.

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Re: 2012 EX - best tyres?
« Reply #34 on: April 27, 2018, 12:42:19 PM »
Gave Avon ZV7 on Civic a serious workout today in the heavy rain we have had in our neck of the woods.  Pulling away from junction hard and crash stops on various road surfaces (where ABS hardly cut in) I was very impressed with level of grip. Car also steers very well, so what not to like? Her indoors MK2 Jazz now shod with 15" Avon ZT5 now, so next time I am in Jazz on my own  :-X will check them out properly as well, at the moment all I can say is they are quiet and steer well.

The only thing I can't comment on yet is life of tyres,  but being as my mileage is less than 10k a year these days not really a worry for me, especially considering they are £25 a corner cheaper than Michelin ES+ and other tyres.  A UK company as well, so also being patriotic.
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Re: 2012 EX - best tyres?
« Reply #35 on: April 27, 2018, 07:25:54 PM »
Just had a set of Maxxis AP2 All Season Tyres fitted. The tyre shop said it has 'Lifetime warranty'. £54 each, fully fitted. Will see how it goes. Never used Maxxis before.

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Re: 2012 EX - best tyres?
« Reply #36 on: May 22, 2018, 10:35:55 AM »
Usually use Costco for tyres which suits as I prefer Michelin but they haven't got the Energy Saver in the EX size (185/55R16) and the system wont let them order it.

I looked at a couple of the online places and there are various speed and load ratings available but only one place had the 83H and they were £130!

Bit flummoxed now - usually I don't have to think about, just buy Michelin.  Costco did offer Goodyear.

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Re: 2012 EX - best tyres?
« Reply #37 on: May 22, 2018, 11:41:13 AM »
It is cheaper to get 15" alloys (or certainly no more expensive) and buy 175/65R15 tyres which are much more widely available,  much better choice at half the price of 185/55R16 expensive lumps, and every time you replace tyres in future you save £50 or £60.  As a bonus car rides much better on 15" tyres.   Why Honda chose to fit such a funny size tyre is beyond me.
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Re: 2012 EX - best tyres?
« Reply #38 on: May 22, 2018, 12:10:43 PM »
It is cheaper to get 15" alloys (or certainly no more expensive) and buy 175/65R15 tyres which are much more widely available,  much better choice at half the price of 185/55R16 expensive lumps, and every time you replace tyres in future you save £50 or £60.  As a bonus car rides much better on 15" tyres.   Why Honda chose to fit such a funny size tyre is beyond me.

We run our older EX on 15" wheels with Michelin Alpin winter tyres year round.  I think the tyres were about £60 and they last well.

Looking at the choices for 185/55 16 on one of the online sites I must admit I was amazed at the choice - when we got the first EX there were literally only 3 choice.  Now tyres from many of the "mid-range" brands are there - people like Vredestein, Kumho and Kleber. 

I'm running All Seasons on my Merc from the first two (it has different sizes front and rear and no one manufacturer did both in All Season).   I can't tell the difference between them and the Michelin Primacy's I had on before.

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Re: 2012 EX - best tyres?
« Reply #39 on: May 31, 2018, 09:00:57 PM »
Iíve got the same dilemma. Looking at black circle, its either their own branded ones for £48 or Toyo for £65. The better known brands were £90-110, which didnít warrant the money since we only do 2000-3000 miles a year. My gut feeling is go for middle ground so itíll probably be the Toyo.

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Re: 2012 EX - best tyres?
« Reply #40 on: May 31, 2018, 09:40:28 PM »
Toyo make excellent tyres.

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Re: 2012 EX - best tyres?
« Reply #41 on: June 01, 2018, 11:05:26 AM »
As Jocko says, nothing wrong with Toyo - good tyres.

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Re: 2012 EX - best tyres?
« Reply #42 on: June 01, 2018, 06:53:49 PM »
I've just put two Toyo tyres on my motor. They have good write ups and are middle of the road for price. Very pleased with them so far, more quiet than the Dunlop 2030's they replaced.

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Re: 2012 EX - best tyres?
« Reply #43 on: June 01, 2018, 07:29:45 PM »
they are are middle of the road

Don't they do them in LHD and RHD versions - middle of the road is no place to drive  :P
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Re: 2012 EX - best tyres?
« Reply #44 on: June 02, 2018, 06:51:06 PM »
The tyres are marked 'inside' and 'outside' so presumably that depends on whether you park your car in your garage or on your drive or road.  :) ;)

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