Early morning dewy road commuter tire suggestion?

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Tires are indeed funny in that one man's favorite tire is the least favorite on someone else's list. It all comes down to experimentation and the confidence they give the rider.

I've ridden on some Dunlop's I thought were OK, never ridden on a Bridgestone I liked, never ridden on a Michelin I didn't like, the Metzler's I had were ok, but didn't last for beans, and the Pirelli's I'm riding on now are pretty good but not as confidence inspiring to me in the wet as the Michelins. Not sure yet how long they will last, but from a riding perspective I would buy them again, but would prefer Michelins if I can find them in the sizes I need. Never tried Shinko's. Haven't tried any Continental's in years.
 
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If they are offering you $400 off without changing the tires, don't have them put new tires on it. Even with Pilot 5's (which are probably the most expensive ones being mentioned) you will still come out ahead by over $100.

As far as which tires to get, I have Shinko 009's on mine and have zero complaints.
 

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The Motorrad review was of 2017 tires and the Road 5 didn't come out until late 2019. MCN reviewed sport touring tires last year and the spread from best Metzeler Roadtec 01 to last Bridgestone T31 was only 13 points.

Musta been against the PR4 then, eh?
 

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Well, last night I ordered the Road 5's. Cheapest I found was $372 shipped. Of all the area dealers and tire places I contacted only one was even willing to give me a quote which was over $90 more than I paid for for the tires and $190 for install if I bring the bike in or $30 per tire if I bring the wheels in. One place was really rude saying they don't have time to mess around with my bike, they work on Harleys. Does that mean they are too busy fixing pos bikes?
The shop that gave me the quote said they would rather I bought the tires myself and bring the wheels in so I figured the price difference was worth picking up a center stand to make that easier. That came to $122 shipped.
I didn't ask the dealer I bought the bike again since they didn't answer on other tire options the first time I asked before I bought it. They only said they'd take $400 off if they didn't put the cheaper tires on they already had on order and its an hour away from me.
I guess I should have asked for $500-600 off towards tires but too late.
Any tips removing the wheels?
I removed and changed the tires myself on my Kawasaki Super sherpa with basic tools and a few spoons easily but the NC tires are much bigger, stiffer and more crap on the bike and wheels in the way.
I have a few days to figure that out before the tires get here.
 

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I wonder if anyone has a pdf version to share?
I am not aware of a freely distributed .pdf version of the NC service manual in North America. Any .pdf version that exists would likely be a copyright infringement and it’s sharing here would be prohibited by forum rules.
 

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Well, last night I ordered the Road 5's. Cheapest I found was $372 shipped. Of all the area dealers and tire places I contacted only one was even willing to give me a quote which was over $90 more than I paid for for the tires and $190 for install if I bring the bike in or $30 per tire if I bring the wheels in. One place was really rude saying they don't have time to mess around with my bike, they work on Harleys. Does that mean they are too busy fixing pos bikes?
The shop that gave me the quote said they would rather I bought the tires myself and bring the wheels in so I figured the price difference was worth picking up a center stand to make that easier. That came to $122 shipped.
I didn't ask the dealer I bought the bike again since they didn't answer on other tire options the first time I asked before I bought it. They only said they'd take $400 off if they didn't put the cheaper tires on they already had on order and its an hour away from me.
I guess I should have asked for $500-600 off towards tires but too late.
Any tips removing the wheels?
I removed and changed the tires myself on my Kawasaki Super sherpa with basic tools and a few spoons easily but the NC tires are much bigger, stiffer and more crap on the bike and wheels in the way.
I have a few days to figure that out before the tires get here.
I’m pretty sure wheel removal procedures and reinstallion torque values are described in the owners manual, which you should have or insist the dealer include with the bike.
 

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If you didn't get one, there is a PDF of the owners manual. You can google it
Yes. Honda has free owners manual downloads available at their web site.If you want a new paper copy service manual it can be purchased on line from Helm, Inc.
 

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Well, last night I ordered the Road 5's. Cheapest I found was $372 shipped. Of all the area dealers and tire places I contacted only one was even willing to give me a quote which was over $90 more than I paid for for the tires and $190 for install if I bring the bike in or $30 per tire if I bring the wheels in. One place was really rude saying they don't have time to mess around with my bike, they work on Harleys. Does that mean they are too busy fixing pos bikes?
The shop that gave me the quote said they would rather I bought the tires myself and bring the wheels in so I figured the price difference was worth picking up a center stand to make that easier. That came to $122 shipped.
I didn't ask the dealer I bought the bike again since they didn't answer on other tire options the first time I asked before I bought it. They only said they'd take $400 off if they didn't put the cheaper tires on they already had on order and its an hour away from me.
I guess I should have asked for $500-600 off towards tires but too late.
Any tips removing the wheels?
I removed and changed the tires myself on my Kawasaki Super sherpa with basic tools and a few spoons easily but the NC tires are much bigger, stiffer and more crap on the bike and wheels in the way.
I have a few days to figure that out before the tires get here.
I replace the tires on my NC by myself. I have a few spoons and rim protectors.

Look up the 'Zip Tie Tire Changing Method' on YouTube. I bought a pack of the giant zip ties from Harbor Freight and they work great. Zip ties and a little tire lube makes changing tires rather easy.
 
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