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Old 03-08-2019, 02:06 AM Thread Starter
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Rear tire recommendations?

I currently have Metzeler ME880 Marathons which will have to bereplaced probably mid-season. For the most part
I'm pretty happy what that set up but just just wanted to know what some you are using and what worked best. Now I know tires are a personal choice and I'm sure some of you have tried numerous applications and I'm looking to hear what you liked or didn't like. On my previous scoot which was a Honda Shadow, I had Michelin Commanders for almost 8,000 miles before I sold it and they barely looked broken in. The rubber seemed to last forever, the traction on them were the pits especially in the rain! Let's just say I had a few come to Jesus moments on them. Prior to that I had Dunlop 404s which were okay at best but had to be replaced within the next season.
I was reading some of the threads and see some of your using the Dunnys Elites which happens to be one of the options that I'm considering. I don't cut Corners when it comes to rubber but I do want to make sure that I get what I paid for.
Safety, performance and Longevity are my three criteria that I personally look for. Check and adjust my tire pressure at least once a week usually keep the back tire anywhere from 36 to 38 PSI and the front about 34 PSI.
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Old 03-08-2019, 04:30 AM
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Dunlop Elite 4 ( new model )... have used Dunlop 3 since 2007... I average 17,000 per tire.


I am hard on tires... and run 40 and 40 for air pressure.
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Kenda Kruz & Challengers........I too tried Commanders & didn't like the hard rubber.
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Dunlop Elite 4 or the American Elite both have their dual compound they designed with Harley for their heavyweight touring models. I have their first run of these on my HD CVO Ultra and they were fantastic in both wet and dry. Lasted for 18,000 miles before I took them off for new tires. I only swapped them at 18k because I was heading out on another 2 week trip and didn't want to try and find them on the trip. A guy at my dealer put my used tires on his old bike and used them for another 6,000 miles.

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Old 03-08-2019, 11:52 AM
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Rear tire recommendations?

I put a set of Dunlop Elite 4 on mine last year and so far really like them. Like Spike said, I have experienced great traction in dry and wet riding. I donít expect the cupping on the front tire that I got from the Metzler tires due to an improved tread pattern. Only about 2k miles so Iím looking forward to seeing what they will do as the miles go up.

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I always used Metzler on my Honda and put the 200 on the rear. They were abysmal for wear, but was told the 180s were way better. On the Harley I changed the stock Dunlop DT407s with Metzler ME888. This based on the recommendation of the tire guy I buy from that I trust. I would have no reason to try anything else, honestly. They've been great and last really well, no complaints.


I think, for the most part, bike tires in general are much better than they were just 10 or 20 years ago.
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Old 03-08-2019, 12:55 PM
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Metzeler front and rear. Very happy so will stay with that set up. About 8000 miles/tire.

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i have been using shinko tires for the last couple times
good tires at a good price and last just as long as any other more expensive tires i have had at double the price!!!


i am due for front and back this year....already got my tires.


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Old 03-09-2019, 12:37 AM
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Dunlop Elite front and rear at 40 PSI on both. Very satisfied with them for wear and handling.
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Old 04-10-2019, 07:03 PM
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I have a 2006 VTX 1800C and the stock size for the rear is 180/70 R16. I went on Chapmoto.com and looked for the Dunlop American Elite, couldn't find the Dunlop Elite 4. It came in 180/65B-16 for $220.50, 130/90B-16 $159.02. What's the suggestion for those 2 types? And what size tire would it be if I decided on a car tire?
 

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