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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-12-2017, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Tire Shopping - 1300S

Bought my 1300S on 08/18/14 with 10,722 miles, original tires still on it, they were toast, dry and cracked. 1st real ride out of the neighborhood was to put on new tires, went with Dunlop stock replacements, 404 on front and 555 on rear. Now @ 23,063 miles, 12,300 on this 1st set so far decent mileage from what I've read, always very meticulous about tire pressures. Front is OK, but rear is pretty well done, losing confidence in hard cornering and harder than normal braking.

Been tire shopping, thinking about Michelin Commander II's, looking for input on a new set.

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I would urge you to go to the various tire manufacturers websites and see who has a tire specified for your bike. Dunlop, Bridgestone, Michelin, Shinko, Avon, Continental, Kenda, and etc, and compare their pluses and minuses.

Personally if you are satisfied with the Dunlops, why change? Unless you just want to try something different!

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Have checked the various manufacturer sites, many have replacements. Michelin Commander II's have a direct fit and seem to have good reviews from what I've found. Just want to try something different, price point is only about $35 more than Dunlops.

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I would like to try the Michelins as well, but every time I am buying tires Metzeler has a sale and I end up with another pair of Metzelers. I havent used anything else so I cant really say whats best. I paid 191.00 for my last set of Metzelers so for the money they just cant be beat,...IMHO. I have put about 61000 miles on the bike and have gotten from 17000 per set to a more realistic 12000. I think my average is about 14500-15000. Its not a perfect tire but is good in the rain, I have slid a few times on tar snakes, wet road and recovered so I cant say anything bad about them..........Jake Wilson is my best tire store so far....

I like the thought that a 1300 S will corner hard....funny. Mine starts dragging floorboards pretty quick.....keeps me out of trouble....where the hell did you find a corner in Florida?...lol
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Thanks, could probably get another 1000-2000 on this set, but don't want to push them to far.

1st set of Dunlops were $473 all in with installed with new rim strips & tubes and balance, Michelin Commander IIs are $509 all in.

My floorboards are pretty scraped up too, good reminder that you may be pushing it a bit.

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Thanks, could probably get another 1000-2000 on this set, but don't want to push them to far.

1st set of Dunlops were $473 all in with installed with new rim strips & tubes and balance, Michelin Commander IIs are $509 all in.

My floorboards are pretty scraped up too, good reminder that you may be pushing it a bit.
OMG I am so glad I dont have to deal with that......for this set of tires...191.00, Tubes, balance, mounting 80.00. "Ride on" will cost about 27.00. I remove the wheels from the bike and put back on myself. So that saves a few bucks. All in about 300 for the set ready for the open road,.....for me. I have about 12000 on my rear I have about 3-4 mm before the center of tire groove disappears. So about another 1000 miles and it will be time.
On another note I worry more about instate speeds and hot tires for failure than edge grip in a turn. I havent even come close to wearing out the edges of the tire. Now if I lived in NC, Virgina, I might get r dun....but too many miles upright.

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I had a metzeler put on the rear tire a couple months back. Great tire so far. I rode the three sisters a few weeks ago and I was getting great grip on those tight curves. I will be mounting a metzeler on the front when the time comes.

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Have used both the Mezzler and the Michelin Commander II as a rear tire. Put about 18000 miles on both. Have a Shinko on the front and it has about 12000 on it woth some to go. Will replace it this Summer with a Michelin so the set will match.


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I currently have a set of Metzler 880's on my bike, however they are getting just a bit long in the tooth and I am starting to check into a replacement set. A couple of folkes I know who own VTX 1300's, tried the 888's and their report is that they are great on a long distance strait/dry run but really stink in the rain. The best tire I have had for cornering & rain was the Dunlop 555 - Thinking about going back to those. Just wish I could get more miles out of a set.
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