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Need front tire for my 750

I know this must have been addressed here, but my "searches" found nothing about "tire recommendations". Looking for recommendations on what brand & size to buy (or not). I'm "anti-michelin" due to problem with my car tires. No wars please, just experiences & recommendations. (I think some riders go to different sizes to get more accurate speedo readings.)

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I'd go with the 110 width, and recommend Metzlers. Not sure what they call them, Marathons? The Bridgestone Battleaxe is a good front tire.
That said, Michelin motorcycle tires are in fact pretty good. Their Road Pilot 4 tires are excellent, although for the Vulcan the Marathon be my pick.

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I would recommend the 110 width increase (stock is 100): looks better, handles better, etc. I've had Metzler Marathon 880's and they were a great tire, long lasting, no complaints. However, Metzler's replacement it with the Marathon 888 which has had mixed reviews (more negative than positive). So, last year I switch to Avon Cobra's. I like them as much, if not better, than the 880's. Plus, the sidewall is a nicer design. I've purchased all my tires from Jake Wilson, aka Rocky Mountain, aakkaa now Rider's Domain. Avon Cobra front tire will run about $90-$108 delivered, depending on the sale/promotion. There is always a sale and coupons on RETAILMENOT.COM or other coupon sites. I've never received a tire that was more then 6 months old based on the manufacture stamp on the sidewall (my last pair was 3 months old).


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Rider's Domain was acquired by Rocky Mountain. Just looked at Rocky Mountain and all they have for an oversize front is a Shinko Tourmaster. I ran those the past four years and put 6000 miles on them, I've been looking for tires myself.
https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/t...0-19-%2862v%29

The 110/90-19 front does put the speedo within 1 mph by the checks I used, ... radar screens, GPS, vehicle with three speedometers, and two other vehicles, including a cop car.

The only Michelin Pilots I could find were in 17" wheel sizes, but that was three months ago.

Metzelers do show up at J&P, as do the Avon models.
https://www.jpcycles.com/metric-crui...mn/front?Nao=0

If you change that search to something bigger than metric cruiser, you might see more results. I got tired of looking last time around. I was leaning toward the Metz or Continental, I need two.

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Type your tire size into eBay and you'll be surprised what you find. "110/90-19 front" or "150/70-15 rear". Some (myself included/) run a 170/80-15 rear and like them. I've had good luck with kenda's and Shinko's. I personally do not like Dunlop's

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I decided if I went with Shinko again, I'll try the 777, has a higher weight rating and still speed rated to 130 mph. I like the tread pattern for the 777 front, and it happens to be the same as the rear 777. Didn't care for the front tread pattern on the Tourmaster, and some of the ebay ads for a Tourmaster front are showing a rear tire in the pic. The 777 also comes in whitewall.


This is a two tire deal, cheaper than the pair bought separately.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/110-90-19-1...temCondition=3
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I decided if I went with Shinko again, I'll try the 777, has a higher weight rating and still speed rated to 130 mph. I like the tread pattern for the 777 front, and it happens to be the same as the rear 777. Didn't care for the front tread pattern on the Tourmaster, and some of the ebay ads for a Tourmaster front are showing a rear tire in the pic. The 777 also comes in whitewall.


This is a two tire deal, cheaper than the pair bought separately.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/110-90-19-1...temCondition=3
I liked the 777 on the back of my goldwing

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I liked the 777 on the back of my goldwing

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Good to hear Doc, now I'm torn between the Shinko 777 and the Avon Cobra. Did your 777 have a reflector strip? Because I found this: https://www.shinkotireusa.com/produc...flector/211909

Looked at the Avon Cobra and it looks like a really good tire. Quite a few people are saying they're glad they ditched their Metzelers for the Avon. They're a bit more pricey but all info says worth it. The Avon Cobra is on Ebay, tread pattern very similar to the 777, so I like that too. There's little cobras imprinted on the edge of the tread, the chicken strip area. They claim if you cut the cobra's head off, you know you're doing it right. They also have a jazzy snakeskin sidewall.

So, on the low end, Shinko 777. High end, Avon Cobra.

Shinko 777


Avon Cobra






And now I see they had some sidewall issues in 2011, another page discussing this has been deleted, sidewall pics here: Avon Cobra Warning | Big Dog Motorcycles Forum

Didn't hear anything about this until just now.
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When I bought the bike in September the first thing I did was replace the 9 yr old front tire and the OEM 12+ yr old rear tire. I went with stock sizes Dunlop D404 front and rear for matching tread patterns. The reviews I found vs cost this was the best overall. I purchased them through the local Kawasaki dealer because their installed price was better than buying the tires separately then getting them mounted.

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Some folks have reported the Dunlop D404 front tire is a bit wobbly on grooved pavement. I try to avoid tires that have concentric channels running around the tire.
On another note I've read Continental tires may be headed out of business. This may effect the pricing on their tires.

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