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Old 02-05-2011, 08:06 AM   #1
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I'm in need of yet another rear skin for my bike (900# Star Tour Deluxe) and tired of Dunlap's 4000 miles at $155-ish a pop 3 times a year, so I asked my guy for a recommend. He is offering (for $250.00) a metzler high milage touring tire, said I should get at least double the distance from it, not really saving any green but at least saving a trip to the bike shop.
My concern is, will this harder compound cause me any safety issues for me? I think it's a dual compound, hard center & soft sides for cornering.
Curious if any of yall have went this route & if happy with the results. Any feedback will be appreciated.
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:11 AM   #2
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I am currently running Michelin Pilot II's.They are a dual compound tire and the grip is fine.They seem to wearing a lot better than the original set.I am pleased with them.
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Old 02-05-2011, 11:50 AM   #3
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Metzler's 880s? If so, they are great tires. Better than average mileage and great in the rain. You can mail me my 2 cents.
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:57 PM   #4
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Metzlers are right 'spensive.

Might I recommend Avon, which I used on my FXR years ago, or maybe even a Shinko?

I now have Shinko 009 Raven's on both ends of my Sprint. They are black, and round, and the bike hasn't leapt off the ground yet.

The 009 is the Sport-Touring blend. Check their site for the HW application.

They seem to be a good tire, and they are quite inexpensive.
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:03 PM   #5
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Just about anything will give you better mileage than Dunlops. I've had good luck with Avons and also Michelins. Pirelli's work well too as do Metzlers. Lot's of good choices, just find one that fits and is in your budget.
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Thanks guys for the input, I did pay for the Metzler to get it on order & will let all know how its holdn up after a few thousand miles. Hoping to a longer life from it then I have gotten from the Dunlops.
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:18 AM   #7
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Metzler's 880s? If so, they are great tires. Better than average mileage and great in the rain. You can mail me my 2 cents.
Isn't that the Marathon tire? If so, I've heard good things about that tire.
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:11 AM   #8
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I have a heavy cruiser (Harley Ultra Classic). I have been happy with both the Metzeler ME880 Marathon and the Michelin Commander. The Michelins are a bit less expensive.

I previously had a Superglide Sport and tried the following tires (comment applies to rear tire):

Metzeler ME 880 -- Good grip and decent tread wear

Bridgestone S11 Spitfire -- Excellent tire at a bargain price -- this was my favorite tire for this application.

Avon -- Good grip but wears out fast.

Continental Conti Tour-- Long tread life but poor grip.
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:30 AM   #9
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In my town, we have the import dealer & the HD dealer, then about 4 locally owned smaller bike shops. All seem to stock the Dunlops, anything else is special ordered. Only once did I call the shop to schedule a tire & it was actually in stock. I'm not sure how many tire size & compound combinations there are & what sells well, but I imagine it's a challenge for them to maintain any kind of inventory level at all.
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I have the same problem, only fewer shops.

I have one shop that will either sell you a tire and mount it free, or will mount and spin one you bring in for $40.

The Dealerships will not mount someone else's tire.
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