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Offline heathy

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Pirelli tyres
on: February 17, 2015, 10:18:01 AM
Hi Folks
had my CR now for around 4 months and have to say there is not much to dislike, which brings me to the tyres!  I'd been running at the recommended pressures of 33 front and 36 rear and have to say the handling felt anything but reassuring, particularly in the wet.  Then I found a number of entries on here regarding the problem and recommending upping the pressures to 36 front and 42 rear.  Hells bells, what a transformation. The bike feels much more sure footed, even in the wet.  I'm going to speak to my local dealer and write to Honda UK to get to the bottom of their lower pressure recommendation, as it's putting riders at risk!  Will update later.

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Re: Pirelli tyres
Reply #1 on: February 28, 2015, 06:07:55 AM
Agree that higher pressures are needed for on-road use (I run 38 PSI front and 42 PSI back) but, if traversing through softer or unsealed terrain, the manufacturer's recommendations make sense.

I've found those pressures to be pretty good in wet/muddy conditions.

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Re: Pirelli tyres
Reply #2 on: March 01, 2015, 05:54:58 PM
Cheers Steve
I'm running at 36F 42R at moment and have found that's an improvement over the recommended pressures.  Will try a bit more in the front and see.

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Re: Pirelli tyres
Reply #3 on: June 14, 2015, 08:42:37 PM
My wife got a big nail in the back tyre of her CR today, we had gone out on both bikes for a run down the Fosse Way and we stopped off at the airfield cafe at Wellesbourne for coffee and cake, the nail we found in the back tyre of the wife's CR was somewhat of a surprise I must say, we had to call upon the services of a man in a large orange van to come and recover / repair it, if you were the rider of the 15 plate CR in red, that came up behind us at the A5 island at Hinckley, we normally run a little quicker than we were, but with a plug in the back tyre of the Honda we thought we would just trundle along. Got back safely and I've just taken the rear wheel off ready for a new tyre.

I already have a pair of Angel GT's to have fitted in place of the scorpions, hopefully they will have more feel than the OE tyres did.

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Re: Pirelli tyres
Reply #4 on: June 14, 2015, 10:45:36 PM
Try the Metzler Tourance Next if you have the opportunity next time. Very good for corners. Now I am trying out the Bridgestone T30 for the rear.

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Re: Pirelli tyres
Reply #5 on: June 14, 2015, 10:52:52 PM
Pilot Road 4s at 36F 42R should be a great option for on road riding.  They were superb on my FiX and I already have a set waiting to go on the CR.

The lower pressures and blocky patterns of the Scorpions and Metzler Tourance are fine if you plan on going off road.  But if so, why did you buy a CR?
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Re: Pirelli tyres
Reply #6 on: June 15, 2015, 09:23:06 AM
*Originally Posted by Gain [+]
I already have a pair of Angel GT's to have fitted in place of the scorpions, hopefully they will have more feel than the OE tyres did.
I good choice, I tried PR3's but really didn't like them on the CR, Angle GT's have been fantastic in Sun, Rain, Hail and Snow ;-)

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Re: Pirelli tyres
Reply #7 on: June 15, 2015, 08:09:37 PM
Were you running the PR3s at CR recommended pressures or up at those recommended for previous VFR 800s (36F 42R)?  It makes a big difference.
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Re: Pirelli tyres
Reply #8 on: June 16, 2015, 10:06:22 AM
*Originally Posted by Si Click [+]
Were you running the PR3s at CR recommended pressures or up at those recommended for previous VFR 800s (36F 42R)?  It makes a big difference.

Tried at Honda pressures and normal pressures 36/42 - 36/42 was better.  But Pr3's just did not give the confidence the Angel GT's give me.  The PR3's were also very noisy.

After speaking to my tyre dealer and some common sense 36/42 has got to be the starting pressure.  Standard VFR's use this, as do virtually every other road bike.  The original CR was never going to be a true offroad bike (Side mounted rads!! do be serious, no offroader would consider that as the first off the rads will be punctured and you are stiuck) it was just a marketing exercise by Honda to try and jump on the GS bandwagon.  So only worth considering road pressures IMHO.

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Re: Pirelli tyres
Reply #9 on: June 16, 2015, 07:51:05 PM
It's never going to be an off roader with cast wheels either, I live on an unadopted road and that's the only off roading the bike is ever likely to see.

 



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