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What kind of tires are people running? I have a 2009 Monster 696. Currently running Michelin Pilot Power 2CT (on when I bought it). Need a new rear and considering changing both. I don't do any track days. What about Pilot Road series?

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The Pilot Road 5 is a very good all around tire. If your riding includes fast twisty mountain roads you might consider stepping up one category to tires more oriented towards that like the Pilot Power 3, Bridgestone S21/S22, Dunlop Q3+, or Pirelli Diablo Rosso III.
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The Pilot Road 5 is a very good all around tire. If your riding includes fast twisty mountain roads you might consider stepping up one category to tires more oriented towards that like the Pilot Power 3, Bridgestone S21/S22, Dunlop Q3+, or Pirelli Diablo Rosso III.
I would ad metzeler m7 as well to your list.

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Pirelli Diablo Rosso 2 on my diavel. Some people complain they aren’t getting enough miles on these but They’ve lasted fine for me. (Over 10k km on the last pair). Just put a set of the Pirelli Diablo Rosso 3 on my old 900ss. Not many miles yet but they seem to have a decent feel so far.

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I instruct on the track and can verify we have instructors who use pilot roads on the track. You would not likely be handicapped much with Roads but keep in mind the front profile is less triangulated from the power so it may be a little slower on turn in but me neutral handling, a good thing for a road tire. I would have no issues running roads if I was able to put road rides in they are good tires in that category.

Not a fan of pirelli street tires but the angel series does have many who are. Power RS, dunlop Q3+,Rosso corsa are all great tires but will not be much better than what you have as far as durability.
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Thanks all. I think I will try to find some roads at a decent price. If not, just a rear 2CT to match the front until it wears.

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Thoughts on the Angel STs? Just found a set for $160 v $130 for just a rear 2ct. Tough to pass it up. Are the Angel STs better for the street than the Pilot Power 2ct?

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The Angle ST is considered a Sport Touring, very good all around tire, like the Pilot Road 5. These tires put a priority on high mileage and good in all weather condition. They are still good when the roads get twisty but maybe not as good as the all out Sport tires.

The Pilot Power 2CT is an older Sport tire design my Michelin. It has a very pronounced V shaped profile and has very light and quick handling characteristics. I would say it also gives a feeling of wanting to fall into corners. The Angle ST and Pilot Road 5 will feel very different, much slower turning by comparison.

If you want an all around tire for all around riding I’d think the super price you can get the Angle ST for would be hard to pass up.


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If you plan on riding in the rain/commuting with your 696, I can only vouch for the Michelin PR5s. Their handling and braking characteristics in wet weather are unmatched. It makes for a very safe tire choice. A close second would be Dunlop RoadSmarts.

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