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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 05-09-2016, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Tire recomendations....

Ok, I'm aware this is going to be a bias question, but what tires does everyone recommend now? I'm on a 11 RGU. I'm on my second set of Commander II's and the front one is cupping pretty badly @ 14k. Back one looks on, should be able to get 3-5k more out of it if I wanted...

If it matters, I ride in all conditions and have no problem dragging boards. I don't care about the most mileage, but would like to see 15+ out of a set. I prefer a tire that stays on the road

Stick with the Com II's or....
Metzler 888's?
American Elite's?

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My experience has been
The more miles you can get out of a tire directly relates to ride, comfort and grip in a negative manner.
I run Avons because the ride is smoother and they stick to the road like paint.
Soft sidewalls soft tread short life but they are a much better ride, and that's what I ride for anyway.
I bought 4 sets of tires last year and I am OK with that
I get about 9,000 to 10,000 per set


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Another Avon user here. May not last as long as the harder rubber tires, but much better performance and stick to the road great IMHO.


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Another Avon user here. May not last as long as the harder rubber tires, but much better performance and stick to the road great IMHO.
When did Avon start making a 130/60-19?
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Michelin commanders here as well and loved every mile. I'm willing to sacrifice mileage for ride quality, traction, and stopping power. Safety should always be the first consideration IMO and not longevity.


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When did Avon start making a 130/60-19?
The sarcasm is strong with you padawan. They don't make a 130, but they do make a 120/70-19. I am running a 120/70-21 on mine.


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Sorry, I didn't remember you were running a 21 up front... Makes sense now! I was happy with the metzler 880s I ran on my softail, figured my next tires I would try the 888. I wasn't terrible impressed with the Dunlop AE on my '12 FLHX, so I doubt it will improve going to the 130/60-19 on the Roadie.
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Sorry, I didn't remember you were running a 21 up front... Makes sense now! I was happy with the metzler 880s I ran on my softail, figured my next tires I would try the 888. I wasn't terrible impressed with the Dunlop AE on my '12 FLHX, so I doubt it will improve going to the 130/60-19 on the Roadie.
What didn't you like about the AE ?

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Sorry, I didn't remember you were running a 21 up front... Makes sense now! I was happy with the metzler 880s I ran on my softail, figured my next tires I would try the 888. I wasn't terrible impressed with the Dunlop AE on my '12 FLHX, so I doubt it will improve going to the 130/60-19 on the Roadie.
What didn't you like about the AE ?
Didn't grip much better than the OEM front on tar snakes or groved pavement, and still felt slippery digging into the corners. Had a slightly softer road feel than the OEM, and seemed to ride quieter, but other than that it wasn't much improvement IMO. I came off an '05 softail with a 58mm inverted front end, 17" rear wheel, and metzler 880s (MH90 & 160/70-17). That bike never felt like the front end was going to wash.
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I've only run OEM Dunlops, Dunlop AE and the Commander II. I prefer the AE. I wasn't overly impressed with the Commander II as they handled as well as the Dunlops but didn't last as long. I will give you that the Commanders were quieter than the Dunlops but I prefer decent handling and long tread life.
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