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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-27-2010, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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I was wondering what kind is the best rear tire?

I have a DUNLOP 491 on the bike ELITE II.

Is there anyone who has had luke with this tire, or what is a good replacement?


I weigh 265lbs. and my wife weights around 130 lbs.

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Welcome to the Vulcan madness Roy. When you have a minute, stop over on the newbie checkin and introduce yourself. Tell us a little about yourself and your scoot. If you fill out your profile on the user cp, your location shows up with every post too.

Is this your first bike? Have you been riding it for a while, or did you just get it? I believe the rear tire on my bike is the same as yours, but I am chair bound at the moment and can`t go check it. I may not be the best person to comment on motorcyle tires and their handling characteristics, but I am happy with with mine during the limited riding time I had before my accident. (Newbie mistake of fixating on the obstacle and dragging my leg for 50 feet along an exit ramp guard rail, instead of looking to the right where I wanted to go.)

I will eventually ride the tires to the end of their natural lives. I am strongly considering going to the "darkside", and putting a car tire on the rear wheel of my Vulcan. craznurs ran a Vredestein 165HR-15 on her vn700 for 15K miles before selling it, and it was not even half worn out yet. She is now riding something like a 1600 cc V-Star on a car tire, and says she will never go back to a mc tire on the rear wheel of a cruiser. I`m not telling you to do that, just informing you about an option available if you want to try it at some time. Most darksiders are on bigger cruisers, but there are 2 or 3 vn700 or 750`s I have read about.

Here is a good story and explanation about the darkside, if your are interested:
http://lifeisaroad.com/stories/2004/...eDarkSide.html

You will get a lot of vn riders buying Mettezler 880 tires, a few going for the less expensive Kenda Kruz, and I suppose almost every other tire available that fits. I don`t recall a lot of talk about Dunlops lately, but I may have just missed it.

You can change out the rear 150/90-15 for a wider 170/80-15 with no other mods if you are so inclined. Likewise the front tire can be changed out from a 100/90-19 to a larger 110/90-15, which will almost make the speedometer read the correct speed.

Here is a link to the Vulcan verses and a few threads about tires. Happy reading.
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1173

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Asking opinions on tires is like asking which is the best oil to use. You will get many different opinions. Some folks have fairly inexpensive tires and love them, others have top of the line rubber and swear by it. My suggestion is that you search past posts under the Tires section of this forum and make a decision based on that. One recommendation I will make is that you not select a tread that is continuous around the tire. These tend to track poorly on grooved pavement and cracks.

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In my opinion you should always use oil and tires on your bike.

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I run the Dunlop 404 110/90-19 front and 404 170/80-15 on back. The reason for wider tires is stability and handling. Either of these tires you can get for around $100 each. I have put around 5000 miles on the rear tire and still over half tread left. About 7000 on front tire and it looks like new. You will find the rear gets changed sooner then the front.

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I have a DUNLOP 491 ELITE II on my bike also. Hate it....tracks grooves and slips relatively easy... But mine is nearly 9 years old, so the age may have something to do with that.
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I've noticed that the 491 Elite 11 does that. Since switching to the 404 with the nonconnecting tread pattern they ride much better on grooved pavement plus the wider tire helps.

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I had the D404's, ME880's and at one time an IRC rear tire on my 750. D404 rear (I'm 265 as well) wore out in about 6K miles, front did fine. IRC rear only lasted 4K. I had nails that caused me to replace my ME880 rear 3 times so I never got to see how well it lasted compared to the others, but there was no comparison on the ride and handling. The ME880 was amazing, especially with the 110 front. I have the Michelin Commander's on my 1500. I went with the lower cost tire to ease the pain, dollar wise, as I had just bought the bike and needed tires. I wish I had gone with the Metzlers. The Michelin's grip well and seem to be wearing good, but they don't ride like the ME880's I've had.

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I also ran the Metzler ME880s front and rear and loved them, 110 on the front...
PS-I plan on replacing the front on the Sporty with an ME880 110 also, but I will have to say the Dunlop on the front has done well so far...
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