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post Jul 30 2015, 08:07 PM
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Rode to stealer yesterday. New rear tire was installed Last July 30. The mileage is of install is at my Indy's. Not sure but basically I've ridden very little.

So, I ask the dealer how much out the door for front and rear. Dude says, "By the time we add wheel weights, about $710!!!

Still, no one but Dunlop makes the proper size. I bought my last rear (last year) from my Indy. It's a Dunlop but does NOT have " Harley" embossed on it. The original tires lasted longer then any motorcycle tire I've ever experienced. This last one may be the worst mileage I've ever experienced.

Are they different compounds? Any other reasons for such disparity? Alignment? Does not wobble or anything. I will say this replacement tire always felt a little squirrelly, technically speaking, of course!
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post Jul 30 2015, 09:06 PM
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The front Commander-II I had cup out last year with barely 6,000 miles and the same Commander-II rear tire has over 11,000 with lot's of life left. I've heard other stealer stories about high tire prices at dealership's.
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post Jul 30 2015, 09:28 PM
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Might be slightly out of alignment maybe. Constantly scrubbing off rubber. Also make sure they're aired up right.
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post Jul 30 2015, 09:42 PM
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Since "T's" Yammie has lace wheels (read, leak like a seive) I really try to check the tires monthly. I think I've not done that schedule faithfully but mine is never low more than a couple pounds.
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post Jul 31 2015, 08:00 AM
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Bruce I wonder if the tire you bought at the Indy was old? Tires have a shelf life and I have been convinced wear different then fresh tires.
I use 10 ply Michelens on my work truck, I had one destroyed by road debries and replaced it at a discount outlet a few thousend miles down the road and it was showing much more wear then the older tires, I take it to the shop to check alignment and it checks out fine the guy looks at the tire and say here is the problem this tire is 8 years old. According to him the rubber breaks down on old tires making it wear much quicker.
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post Jul 31 2015, 08:39 AM
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My Indy told me they (tires) all have a date on them. I'm aware there is a shelf life. I believe the Indy gets them from JPCycle and another source.
I would think JP would have decent turnaround on their inventory. Hell, IDK.
Dunlop and Harley and clearly in cahoots! My model bike must be the only one to call for this tire. Being a CVO bike makes the population limited so I don't thin Michelin, which I would prefer, is ever going to make this size.
Shit, sitting here I'm not positive of the size. 180 - 55?- 18, I think. I'll walk over to the shop a little later and check.
What I do know, Greg, is the first one lasted forever and this one, hell no! It's literally the best and worst mileage I've ever experienced. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/banghead.gif)
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I tried Shinko rubber this last year and I'm very happy with the "budget" touring tire. I can't detect any drop off in wet or dry performance from my Michelin Commander tires I loved so much....and they were about $65 front and $75 rear as I recall. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/bike.gif) Maybe they've got something that fits your ride Bruce.
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post Jul 31 2015, 03:43 PM
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For tires manufactured since 2000.
(IMG:http://www.tirerack.com/images/tires/tiretech/determining_age/Post_2000_Full_Dot.jpg)
Last 4 digits= 51st week of 2007.


For tires manufactured before 2000.
(IMG:http://www.tirerack.com/images/tires/tiretech/determining_age/Pre_2000_Dot.jpg)
Last 3 digits = 40th week of the 8th year of the decade (ie: 1998, 1988, 1978).


"Don't use old rubber" is good advice no matter what the subject.
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post Jul 31 2015, 08:37 PM
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I got 15,000 out of a rear Dunlop Elite 3.....Dunlop American Elite is supposed to be better than that.....this time I'm going Avon Cobra
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post Jul 31 2015, 08:59 PM
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Thanks Mark, Lou.
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