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I am in need of a new rear tire and I currently have a Dunlop Elite 3, I just don't like the price tag of it, and it seems that every two to three seasons ya gotta replace it. I found a Dunlop 251, and a Bridgestone Exedra Max that looks really sharp any ideas.
 

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i am in need of a new rear tire and i currently have a dunlop elite 3, i just don't like the price tag of it, and it seems that every two to three seasons ya gotta replace it. I found a dunlop 251, and a bridgestone exedra max that looks really sharp any ideas.
what model do you have depends on whitch manufacture of tire if its and"f"model gowith metezlers.
 

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If you are getting 3 seasons out of a tire that seems pretty good to me. I can stretch it to two seasons sometimes, but a rear tire a year is about average for me. I have the Metzler now. While it does grip well, it is dissapearing fast. If you want tread life it may not be for you. If the E-3 worked for you and you got 3 years out of it why not get it again? Don't try to save a few bucks, it's not worth it in the long run. I figure my life is riding on that one tire. I go cheap on a lot of things I buy, my motorcycle tire is NOT one of them.
 

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I agree, if you are getting 2 or 3 seasons out of a rear tire, you're doing good. Maybe check out Commander 2 tires, new tires that are suppose to wear longer and the prices are not bad. I have heard nothing else about them nor have I heard anyone else say they have tried them.
 

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There is no clear "#1". Pick one of the following;

Avon
Bridgestone
Metzeler
Dunlop Elite 3

All are better than OEM and all will give better traction wet or dry. Each brand will have loyal users as well. Whatever you pick, you will be happy with it
 

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I know this may open a can of worms, but have you considered darksiding? If you are getting three seasons from a motorcycle tire, you should get about ten to fifteen seasons from a darkside tire.
Their average life span is 5 times better at least.
 

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I have run:

Bridgestone Battleaxe BT 020 200 series
Bridgestone Excedra
Metzeler 880
Stock Dunlop
Dunlop Elite 3
Avon Venom R


Currently the Avon Cooper Cobra

All performed well.. the Avon venom R got the best mileage, the Stock Dunlop and the Bridgestone Battleaxe got the lowest mileage
 

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I know this may open a can of worms, but have you considered darksiding? If you are getting three seasons from a motorcycle tire, you should get about ten to fifteen seasons from a darkside tire.
Their average life span is 5 times better at least.
This is the only argument that I've heard against going darkside on our bikes that I feel has any validity. I don't like the idea of a cheapskate (like myself) riding around on a ten year old tire just cause it has plenty of tread left ;) . I gotta admit that the Yokohama I have in my bike has way more grip than the Dunlops that I've had before.
 

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This is the only argument that I've heard against going darkside on our bikes that I feel has any validity. I don't like the idea of a cheapskate (like myself) riding around on a ten year old tire just cause it has plenty of tread left ;) . I gotta admit that the Yokohama I have in my bike has way more grip than the Dunlops that I've had before.

Here we go....:popcorn:
 
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This is the only argument that I've heard against going darkside on our bikes that I feel has any validity. I don't like the idea of a cheapskate (like myself) riding around on a ten year old tire just cause it has plenty of tread left ;) . I gotta admit that the Yokohama I have in my bike has way more grip than the Dunlops that I've had before.
Agreed- Just replaced my 5 YO Hydroedge with 35K miles. Still half good. Would have had more miles but medical issue and a rebuild cost me almost 2 full seasons. Replaced with a GY TT but must say I prefer the taller 65 series tire.
 

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I am in need of a new rear tire and I currently have a Dunlop Elite 3, I just don't like the price tag of it, and it seems that every two to three seasons ya gotta replace it. I found a Dunlop 251, and a Bridgestone Exedra Max that looks really sharp any ideas.
I have the Bridgestone Exedra Max on front/rear and I am very pleased with looks, performance and realiabilty of them. As well as the price tag.
 

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thanks for the welcome

Welcome to the board!
Bookmark or save to your favorites folder, these websites, http://www.vtxoa.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=77
This is the NEW VTXOA Garage, a sister site to this message board and contains all your How-to/Tips/Tricks/Why’s and links to other helpful sites for your new VTX. http://tech.bareasschoppers.com/ A fellow VTX Riders site that has many write-ups on “How-To” do work on the VTX. Also, for you 1300 guys http://vtx1300tips.com/VTX1300TIPS.htm another fellow VTX Riders site.
There is also a helpful Search icon in the users Toolbar just under the VTXOwners Association banner
Click the “Search” drop down and select “Advanced Search”
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Select 1, and only 1 "Forum" to search in at a time, or at all.
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The thread at the top of the 1800 tech board called, "Air, Fuel, Motors..." will answer most of the performance questions...
http://www.vtxoa.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21749
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what is darkside

I know this may open a can of worms, but have you considered darksiding? If you are getting three seasons from a motorcycle tire, you should get about ten to fifteen seasons from a darkside tire.
Their average life span is 5 times better at least.
I don't want to sound like too much of a idiot but what is darkside, are you referring to a car tire. Have had people in the past mostly goldwingers who have been pushing the idea of car tires I am real leary of a car tire cause they are flat, and in my opion it would be very hard to lean it won't it.
 

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Correct, car tire.

For me I have used the Metzler's and loved them, great grip and ok mileage. Now I have the Avon Cobra on the rear and it's only been a couple hundred miles but seems to have the same feel as the Metz, but with more tread in middle which is why I am trying it now.

You said you have 3 seasons on the tires, how many miles? E3's are supposed to be among the best for mileage.
 
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