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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-17-2017, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Best Tire for general performance.

After looking through many forum threads and gathering information on tire sizes, what fits, what looks good, darksiders, it left me questioning which is best for all around performance.

I like the look of dark side tires as well as the 'fat' tire look but when it comes to take off, torque, acceleration, and coming off the line fast, which tire size and style is best? The dark side car tires seem like they have the most grip off line but is it best for what i'm looking for; looks aside.


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Darkside preference is a bit subjective. You either like it or you don't. Some have tried and changed back to a bike tyre, most stay darkside. The only way you'll know for sure is to try it. Most that ride darkside will tell you that a car tire is as good in the corners as a bike tyre. It's justy a matter of preference.

I personally prefer a bike tyre, but it's only my preference and I never did spend any time trying to get used to the car tire. It just felt weird to me so I never converted.


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That is such a loaded question (personal preference). I like the Metz (radial) rear, & a Michelin (bias) front. Always 40 psi. Never had an issue with either. I plan to try the Dunlop American Elites next. I consistently get 15k on rear an over 25k on front.
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That is such a loaded question (personal preference). I like the Metz (radial) rear, & a Michelin (bias) front. Always 40 psi. Never had an issue with either. I plan to try the Dunlop American Elites next. I consistently get 15k on rear an over 25k on front.


I know it is. Preference aside, looks aside, pure performance, traction, takeoff, etc


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Darkside preference is a bit subjective. You either like it or you don't. Some have tried and changed back to a bike tyre, most stay darkside. The only way you'll know for sure is to try it. Most that ride darkside will tell you that a car tire is as good in the corners as a bike tyre. It's justy a matter of preference.

I personally prefer a bike tyre, but it's only my preference and I never did spend any time trying to get used to the car tire. It just felt weird to me so I never converted.


All that is understood boss; i am trying to get my 1300C to have a sporty cruiser feel to it. With that said, i am looking for whichever style tire will optimize performer. All preferences aside (i.e. if dark side is best for performance i will learn to like it)


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The Metzlers are a top performer..
RBS and lofty like this.
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All that is understood boss; i am trying to get my 1300C to have a sporty cruiser feel to it. With that said, i am looking for whichever style tire will optimize performer. All preferences aside (i.e. if dark side is best for performance i will learn to like it)


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The Metzlers are a top performer..
IMHO, I agree with Curt. Metzler was my preferred on my 1800. I had a 200 on my 1800 and it was pretty sticky. Didn't last as long as the others but had great performance and I liked the look.


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I use Metzlers. Front and rear. 55000 miles, on my forth set.

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I use Metzlers. Front and rear. 55000 miles, on my forth set.


Which Tire sizes do you use specifically for the front & rear?


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Not sure what you mean by performance. If this is an everyday cruise your not going to notice a performance difference in the tires, unless the tire is are low on air or completely bald. Putting a darkside tire or a AM21 (a 230 tire) on the back of your bike isn't going to give you more excelleration than a stock tire. I would be more concerned about handling. I have the AM21 on my stock 1300C rim, I love it doesn't make my bike faster or give it more power but it is a better ride all around specially since I ride in he rain and the cold still waiting for snow so I can ride in the snow once. But I will feel confident with the tire I have to be able to ride in the snow without it sliding out to a side on me. With that said here is a side view and back view.
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