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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 04-05-2019, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Best touring tire for the price

What is the best tire for a tour bike?
I have a Ď92 Ultra and am replacing the drive belt so thinking about tires as well!!?
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Tires are like handlebars, windshields, exhaust and so on. I have always used Dunlop tires and have had very good experience with them. I do buy my tires from an Indy, but still dunlop tires just a different tire pattern than what HD sells.

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I've have good luck with the Dunlop American Elites. I wouldn't hesitate to try Michellin Commanders, though.
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Michelin Commander II. Just buy it and dont listen to these jack asses... Your Welcome!


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Michelin Commander II. Just buy it and dont listen to these jack asses... Your Welcome!
What he said ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ American elite
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If you change your own tires Shinko winds hands down as the best touring tire FOR THE PRICE as your title states.

If you don't ride at least 5000 miles a year don't bother spending the money for the long life tires like the Michelin Commander or Dunlop Elite.

If you have to pay for someone to install then get the longest wear tire you will use up in 4 or 5 years and that will work out to be the best touring tire for the price.
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I prefer the Dunlop American Elite with HD branded Dunlop coming in 2nd. Tried the Commander II once and found the Dunlop gave me a better ride with about the same mileage so I went back to Dunlops and haven't looked back since. For me comfort traction and longevity are what I look for in a tire - I just shake my head at less than 15k miles on a tire but then my riding style isn't that aggressive.

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HD dunlops are great for mileage but shit for traction on the wet stuff.
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i got great life out of the stock tires, even better from the american elites. just changed out my 2nd set of tires, with 44,000 miles on the bike. thats 20k on the stockers, 24k on the american elites.

just put on a set of the new avon cobra chrome. had about 500 miles on them before i totaled the bike. from what i could tell, i really liked them. obviously, not enough evidence to comment on life, but man, they sure gripped good and rode smooth.
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problem is with the 92 , that's a 130 tire on the rear , dont know the options available now , but back in the 80's and 90's the choices were pretty limited .. My 84 TG had the godawful Dunlop D291 front and rear .. The 88 TG had the D491 , mileage on those tires sucked , you would be lucky to get 12000 out of the rear , and around 6-7000 you would have a Kansas sized flat spot in the center .. I think the D402 fit those bikes years down the road , was much better , but mileage still sucked ...

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