This is really an MCN Marketing Exercise...
Please forgive my cynicism, OK? There are 8 x “choices of response”. Please note 1 of the 8 is “Take MCN’s recommendations”. What this all means is that MCN isn’t really that interested in our “opinions, stories and/or explanations”. If the results were divided equally – i.e. 8 x ways – MCN could then go to the tyre marketers & claim (with entire justification) that 12+% (being roughly 1 x 8th) of MCN readers tell them that 12% of whatever their “readership” is, say the magazine & website is a powerful factor in which brand & model tyre they will buy. If, say, MCN has 2 Million viewers/readers – that equates with a fairly legitimate claim of some 255,000 potential “prime purchasers” that MCN can & does very strongly influence & deliver. Regardless of all the media variables & margin of error etc - That’s a shit-load of sets of tyres, yes?
Having said all that – I’ll play too - having multiple “big” bikes (Blackbird, ZRX 1200, Z14, Tuono & a VFR1200F that was 1 bike too far, so I sold it with only 2500K’s on it) & a vested interest in my own safety, means I have always been uber-interested in what’s out there. MarcusMarsh has discovered a great truth – it is bloody hard to go past the latest Sport-Touring Bridgestones – heaps of grip for road-riding, steady, stable & predictable & excellent in the wet. Like him – I have heard & read all sorts of good things about the Michelin Pilot Road 3’s. For example: Here in Oz, the previously “slack & sway” handling of the newish Kawasaki Ninja Z1000 SX is absolutely transformed into a good thing by simply fitting these covers & nothing else. The only outstanding question is dry-wear rate but early responses seem AOK.
After years on the BT -020’s & 021’s (& a brief but disastrous foray on BT-014’s -the OE ones on my Z14 were so hard they were dangerous when getting a wriggle on) I had a puncture & replaced a worn set with Metzler M1 Sportecs & was very pleasantly surprised by them, except for front tyre “howl”? Another puncture & I upgraded to the later Sportec M3’s which are excellent all rounders. Staying with these, when it came time to change another set on another bike, thought I’d give the then new & highly lauded Pirelli Diablo Rosso a go. I also have a tyre guy (surprise) that races a Triumph 675, does excellent business & I trust his feed-back. He advised that several guys moving from the M3 to the Rosso brought them back, complaining of inferior wet grip & an alarming propensity to “move around” when “pressing-on”. Accordingly, we re-fitted another set of M3’s... (I did check-out his stocks (twice) to ensure he wasn’t snowing me into what he had most of or wanted to be rid of – he came-up clean as a whistle on this score!)
Since then, I have started moving all my bikes over & onto the Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact which is a fabulous tyre & works really well on everything I own so far. Great wet grip, wear is excellent & “feel” & stability etc are all top class. I don’t feel any need to experiment or make any further changes. These are just perfect – for me & my bikes & riding habits & “style” – if I have any at all? I appreciate that these are really a pure sport & occasional track day tyre – but even as “all-rounders” they are truly fantastic & all-encompassing enough to be OE on all the new, big, sports Beemers too. Trust this helps? Cheers