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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-26-2009, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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I went back to using Bridgestone spitfires. I can get 11,000 out of the rear.
Has anybody found a better tire yet?
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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-27-2009, 06:36 AM
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I don't know, I guess it depends on your own definition of better...

I had Dunlop's on my bike and didn't like them at all, the ride, sliding/skipping through corners, etc. I replaced them with Perelli's which I really like because those other issues are gone now. I've only got about 2K miles on these so far so I don't know how long they last, and I haven't tried any other brand yet.
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I have Dunlop 491 Elite II's, RWL.
They're made more for bike's like Goldwings, so I've gotten great mileage outta them and they handle my riding style just fine. Never really paid attention to the actual mileage I got (just change 'em when they're wore out), but one set out lasted 2-1/2 set's on my buddies Nighthawk. I think he had Bridgestone's, but don't remember what model (wasn't Spitfires though)
BUT.... they quit making the Elite II's for the Elite III's, which I don't really like the tread pattern. Not sure what I'll get once these are done.


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Thanks hyper, do you think 11-12000 miles might be right, i'd sure like a 20,000 mile tire, being that i ride 2,500 miles per month.
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I went with the Dunlop K591 Elite SP simply because they have the best V-Rated Bias-Belted Technology along with superior wet grip, cornering and traction capability. As with any tire you will get better grip and performance with a softer compound. IMO tire performance outways longevity.


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I put the Pirelli's on mine (I think the MT66's). I love them. I could not believe the difference in feel from the stock Bridgestones. I would recommend the Pirelli's 10 times over and 2 on Sundays!

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post #7 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-28-2009, 06:07 AM
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Just bought the Metzler ME880's myself, but they are in the living room propped against the wall. Found someone to mount them for me for $25 a wheel, just need the time to take the wheels off the bike and get it done. I read every thread on the forum on tires and the consensus seemed to be ME880's, so I went with the masses. My OEM Dunlops look like new with 8,200 miles on them but they are 16 years old and that makes me nervous.

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My OEM Dunlops look like new with 8,200 miles on them but they are 16 years old and that makes me nervous.
Man I can believe that... Dry rot is NOT just cosmetic... Get those new tires on that bike pronto......
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My Pirelli MT66 are doing really well... I have close to 2,000 miles on em and the 'feelers' are still there. grip really well on turns, and I have found them to be good on sand covered pavement even...

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post #10 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-28-2009, 11:16 AM
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I went with the Metzlers last time and definitely don't regret it. They are great tires. Before I had the Dunlop Elite III's. They were OK, but they are a bit flatter than the Metzs, especially the rear. Took more pressure on the bar to lean. There was also some talk at last year's VN750 Gathering that the Elite III's have a hydroplaning issue. I think JD had those on his Goldwing, and that may have caused him to go down on the way to KY last Summer.

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