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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 02-05-2018, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Need new Tires

Not posting this to start any debates. I have read tons of posts, you tube and reviews. I am undecided. Don't really care for the OEM 407 & 408. After all the "research" I did this is what I came down with. I am not concerned with price within reason.

Dunlop AEII - good grip, decent wear.
Avon Cobra - excellent grip, wears out quicker.
Michelin Commander - less grip, excellent wear.
Pirelli Night Dragon - good to excellent grip, wears out quicker.
Metzeler 888 - ok grip, ok wear.

Do you guys that have these agree with these assessments, or am I way off base. I know that some people say they get 20k while others may only get 7k. I can't really figure this out as road conditions and riding style affect tire wear, but these are huge differences. All opinions welcome. Also, are there any brands that I have overlooked other than Shinko.
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Dunlop AE II I get 26-28k rear and abt the same in the front , I have used the Cobras and love them , they are much stickier IMO and mileage is a little less than the AE II , either are excellent choices ...
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Can't say anything about the last two, but the first three sound about right. Extremely predictable brake-away on the Dunlap AE's - Doubt I'll ever run anything else on my 10.

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My tire guy, on the rare occasion that I use him, says the Dunlop AE II are the best HD tire out there, and he mounts hundreds of them a year. I usually mount and balance my own tires but had to give up on those stiff bias-ply HD OEM Dunlops.

That said, I had a Shinko 777HD mounted on the rear wheel of my RGS due to a puncture, and I can tell absolutely no difference from OEM. And they are a whole lot less expensive than the AEs. I have been running Shinkos on my KLR for years, no problems, ever. Can't say that about some premium brands, especially Avon.

Tire wear has a lot to do with weight, temperature, air pressure, road surface and the riders right wrist.

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Been running the Michelin Commander 2 for about 3500 miles. Very happy versus the OEM tire. The Dunlop Elite 3 I've been running on another bike and have found the tire to be excellent. Those are the only I've ever used, unless you want to go back in time to tires you can't buy.


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I had Michelin Commander IIs on my 15RGS and I loved them. They felt so much better IMHO than the stock dunlops. They were wearing very well I had about 9K miles on them before I traded up and got my 18RGS.
When these stock tires wear out I am going back to the commander IIs.
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I rode Metzlers 888 on my Road King after OEM Dunnies....to me, the grip was way better than OEM especially in the wet. I put about 10K on them before trading the bike in, loved them
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I like the Dunny AE 2. Good stick good milage. If ya don't mind changing tire often, Avon are the best.

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I had Michelin Commander IIs on my 15RGS and I loved them. They felt so much better IMHO than the stock dunlops. They were wearing very well I had about 9K miles on them before I traded up and got my 18RGS.
When these stock tires wear out I am going back to the commander IIs.
How did they do on wet roads? Ive gotten mixed reviews about them on wet roads.


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The very few times I've ridden in the rain with them they've performed fine. I tend to ride slower and more tense when it's raining here in Florida because everyone drives stupid. Overall I did prefer them over the stock tires.
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