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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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Dunlop American Elites vs Michelin commander II's vs Pirelli's which ones and why?

time for new rubber and I'm willing to try the competition. I've been running the Dunlop American Elite II's for the past 42,000 (two sets) and have gotten fantastic wear and comfort out of them,BUT they aren't cheap! [email protected], and $150 each and I'm at $400 just for the rubber. Any body run the Michelins and what kind of wear do you get on them. I only added the pirellis as an afterthought. Any comments?

OH yea, How much did you pay for the rubber and where did you find the best deal?

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After running 3 sets of the Dunlap 407/408s on my 09 SG and 15RGS with a 180/55/18 rear and 130/60/19 front, i had to wait for other tire manufacturers to finally come out with my size in the rear.
Michelin Commander II's finally came out and i love them. I only have about 5K miles on them but they feel and handle great. I need to put more miles on them to see how they wear, but my Dunlaps would
scallop in the rear long before the tread would wear. It made for a very noisy ride. I usually got around 8-10k miles on the harley OEM Dunlaps before they started to scallop and make noise. I could have done
a better job making sure the air pressure was correct, but it is what it is.
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Got mine at Revzilla when they were having a sale...I dont think much difference in cost between the two...CII and AE....My last bike had CII, I like the ride better with AE, and it seems to handle the wet weather better...

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I've had good luck with Dunlop, the Elite actually seems to wear a little better than OEM Dunlops. I have just over 17k on the 16, looks like I'll need tires in another 2k I'll most likely go with Elites. On my 10 I've tried Dunlop, Metzler, and Perelli, back on Dunlop now.
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My question to you would be, if you have something you know and trust, why change? Kind of an expensive test ride, when you know what you have with the AE IIs.

My choice has always been the American Elite. I got them when they first came out and i have put over 130,000 miles on my bike with them on. I get around 20k miles per set, always replace both at the same time, and keep on riding. The only tire issues I have run in to were due to nails.

I do not pay that much attention to cost, but I do look for the best price when I buy, usually online. Cost is secondary, getting the best tire is more important. I trust these tires because I have a long (mileage wise) history with them.

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I'm running the Pirelli Night Dragons and just can't imagine a tire performing better. Don't remember the price or where I got em.


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I'm running the Pirelli Night Dragons and just can't imagine a tire performing better. Don't remember the price or where I got em.
I have had great result's with the stock Dunlops on my 2015 RGS.

They wear well if you keep the psi up and the grip in the twisties is great so I have continued using them.

I am also a fan of Metz and the Pirelli Night Dragons.

If I do switch to a different brand, it would be the Night Dragons.

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Dunlop Elite 3's any day of the week.

Good grip, prolly the best wet grip.
Reasonable ride
Best wear, I'm at 21K and still would pass inspection.
Not the best price, but then if it's cheap tires you want, I'll fix you up with some from China.

The trick with them is to run about 5lbs more air than the book recommends.
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The trick with them is to run about 5lbs more air than the book recommends.
Thermodyne, where did you pick up this tip?
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Thermodyne, where did you pick up this tip?
I don't recall. Prolly over on VTwin forums. But doing it helped reduce the cleating.


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