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Jarhead
post Oct 15 2013, 08:46 PM
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I'm getting to the point where I will need new tires soon, it will be the third set on my 11 softail, I have been running Dunlops since new but I may try something different this time to see if I can get any better wear.
I have read all the old threads on the subject and know opinions are split but tires and brands change regularly anyone have any new info not posted?
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post Oct 15 2013, 09:09 PM
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For quite awhile I've been thinking my next tires would be Michelin IIs. After reading a few threads on roadglide.org and cvoharley I've pretty much changed my mind. Lot of guys are saying they're really squirrelly in the rain. They do, of course, last forever.

Even though I don't live in a real high rain area you cannot avoid riding in the rain. I guess it was last year I rode to Memphis, about 400 miles, in a downpour. I swear it didn't slow down all damn day!

If there is gonna be a trade off I'll take good to excellent handling before a rock hard compound. I don't however have an alternative picked out.

Will be interested in what you choose.
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post Oct 16 2013, 07:03 AM
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Go for handling instead of wear life...always better
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post Oct 16 2013, 07:54 AM
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I am all about handling and safety that my first priority, but that said I would like to get more then 8mos. out a set of tires.

I don't know about other states but the highway dept. in Texas has figured out a cheap way to overlay the roads with tar and large pieces of crushed rock, it is insanely abrasive. You can barely hold a conversation in a car while driving on it.


One would think with all the tire manufactures out there that you could find a tire that wears well and is safe in all conditions.
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post Oct 16 2013, 08:20 AM
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I would stay away from Metzlers made in Brazil....the German ones were good but the ones from Brazil have separation problems

Avons have a good reputation but they wear quick....
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post Oct 16 2013, 08:56 AM
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I like the wear on my Michelin rear tire, but I think the complaint about them being "slick" is probably well founded.

When we were in WI and got that spot of rain, we all accelerated up the ramp and the rear tire on my bike (my brother riding it) lost traction twice while no one else's did - same speed and rate of increase. He asked me why my tire was so slick. I think I mentioned this complaint about the tire on HST shortly after I got the tire put on. About 10K on it now.
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post Oct 16 2013, 10:33 AM
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I've always stayed with the stock Dunlop's....

Never have had handling issues in any weather....

Yours seem to wear pretty fast or you're changing them too often.... :-)
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post Oct 16 2013, 10:42 AM
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The bike I riding during the same trip had new rear tire on it. It got squirrely once, but that was when I was following Ty while he was blowing chunks, so I don't think it was the tire's fault . . . (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif)
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post Oct 16 2013, 12:24 PM
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I've talked with Dave the service Manager @ Al Muth everytime it's time to put on new rubber. We have become friends over the years(spent 45 minutes last time I was there talkin' guns, huntin' and family) and he has never given me bad advice about anything concerning what to do with my bike. He always tells me to don't bother with anything other than standard Harley spark plugs and stock Dunlop tires. While the Dunnies tend to get squirrley over rain groves and mesh bridges, their wear and traction are the best compromise when it comes to the big-twins.
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post Oct 16 2013, 12:36 PM
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Nuff Said.... :-)
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post Oct 16 2013, 04:08 PM
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I can't argue with anything said, LP I only change the tires when they are at or below the indicators. But we average 10k a year and almost always 2 up.
I'm 200 lbs. and Kim is 5' 11" and no longer the skinny girl I married.

Thanks for the input all, Sometime I guess you have to hear what you already know.

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post Oct 16 2013, 06:16 PM
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I like Dunlops. Besides, the Dunlop Motorcycle tire test track is right here in town. Depending on which way I go to work, I sometimes drive right by it.
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post Oct 17 2013, 07:33 AM
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My 1/2 cent's worth. I have run Dunnis on my Harley's with great service. On my current 2011 Limited the wear has been very impressive so far. I have 17,000 on the clock and the tires are still very good. I must admit I normally ride two up and pull a trailer, but circumstances has not allowed that the past two years. Prior I would get 11,000 to 13,000 on the 01 Classic.
Must add the road surface does appear to be more aggressive near the coast here in Texas, and I can see riding in that area would help in eating the tires.
On my other bikes I have been using Metzlers and have been happy with them.
Good Luck on your decision.
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post Oct 17 2013, 05:50 PM
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I've run nothing but Dunlops on my RK. Never had a reason to change.
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