I need new tires and trying to see what is a good brand?

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    • #3967
      Robert KasmerchekRobert Kasmerchek
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      I have a 2000 H D Dyna Low Rider I have heard some say dunlop, metzeler, michelin what do good on this run

    • #3969
      ReconMiltReconMilt
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      What ever you can afford and are comfortable with.  Its like asking should I ride a Harley or a Honda.

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    • #3972
      IrishIrish
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      Robert, talk to your Harley dealer when you take it in for service.

      Pat " Irish" Devlin
      2018 Midway Route 4th PL

    • #3973
      PelicanPelican
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      Robert, it is definitely a decision that relies heavily on your personal preference. Perform your due diligence in researching the various brands, then make an informed decision. Of course whatever brand you go with, the life expectancy of that tire will be effected by your maintaining proper care of it, ( as with your motorcycle’s maintenance), like  proper inflation and frequent inspection! ( Think “t-clock”) I have found that a variation of just a pound or two, under or over, on a long road trip can cause premature or adverse wear on a tire.I regularly get 25K plus miles on a tire before the wear tread marks are affected. I have 29+k on them now, but will replace them before the Run, as the wear marks are just starting to show.

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    • #3974
      pablothemanpablotheman
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      I get the most mileage, +12,000 in the rear, when I go with Michelin or Dunlop.

    • #3997
      GonzoGonzo
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      I have run 2 sets of Dunlop American Elites on my Road Glide and gotten around 20k per set.  I recently switched to a Michelin Commander II on the back (what the dealer stocked) and have been happy with it thus far

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    • #4001
      Tech DogTech Dog
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      Hi Robert,

      I rode a 2006 Road King last year from Las Cruces to Ontario and then took the Southern Route ATW then of course back to Las Cruces. I had a brand new set of Dunlop D402s put on before the long trek. I am just now getting ready to replace just the back tire and will probably do both front and rear just to be safe. I have over 8,000 miles on them. A lot depends on your riding, care and maintenance of the tires. Just as the 1st Sarge says, it’s all dependent on what you want and how much you can afford. I find the D402 reliable…just saying.

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    • #4003
      SidewinderSidewinder
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      Sidewinder

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    • #4004
      SidewinderSidewinder
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      Yup. In 2015 my Honda left me standing on the side of the road in the rain about 70 miles east of Wytheville and the chase truck hauled me to the Honda dealer in Lynchburg. Those guys are a Godsend when you need one. Even if you don’t need one, take a minute to get to know them and tell them thanks for volunteering their time to support the mission.

       

      Sidewinder

      Remember, the price of freedom is written on the Wall.
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      FNG ATW SR 2012, Part 2013-14, ATW 2015-16-17-18, APL3 SR 2016, APL3 SR 2017, PL5 SR 2018, PL2 SR 2019

    • #4005
      SidewinderSidewinder
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      Yup. In 2015 my Honda left me standing on the side of the road in the rain about 70 miles east of Wytheville and the chase truck hauled me to the Honda dealer in Lynchburg. Those guys are a Godsend when you need one. Even if you don’t need one, take a minute to get to know them and tell them thanks for volunteering their time to support the mission. Sidewinder

      Don’t really understand how this reply got here; I was trying to reply to the breakdown thread and it posted here instead. Twice. I managed to delete most of the first one but I couldn’t do anything with this one.

      So, since I am here. let me say this about that, I have used a number of tires over the years and my favorites are the Michelin Commander II. They seem to wear better than the Dunlops or Metzlers I have tried on the same bike and I like the handling better. That said, of course, it is a matter of personal preference. Any of them should get you from one end of the Run to the other safely.

       

      Sidewinder

      Remember, the price of freedom is written on the Wall.
      U.S. Navy '68-'74 USS Gridley DLG-21
      FNG ATW SR 2012, Part 2013-14, ATW 2015-16-17-18, APL3 SR 2016, APL3 SR 2017, PL5 SR 2018, PL2 SR 2019

    • #4078
      Avatarwjuhl
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      I am running Michelin commander 2s got 15000 out of the rear and 19250 on the front with tread still on them, changed the rear with about 2000 -3000 left on (it had a  long ride coming up). Front has around 22000 with about 1500-2000 still useable on it    went on the run in 2015 midway route tires ran great even with all the rain we had and loaded down , have the new tires and will put them on mid April. have also used Dunlop 2s they are a good tire once broken in but you will get better millage with the Michelins .

    • #4092
      AvatarHawgwash
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      Michelin COMMANDERS…Put a set on my Harley…loved ’em so much pulled a set off a 2015 Victory Cross Country Touring that had 5K on them and replaced with Commanders..Shop here in AZ is putting them on tons of Police bikes…

    • #4311
      AvatarCJ
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      I have a small independent shop in north central washington.  Michelin came out with a HD authorized tire called the Scorcher.  They have the HD name on them.  Nice tires, check them out.

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