What he said^
And, having more rubber contacting the road is always good
I agree with that! true that Yo!
Originally Posted by VN750Rider/Jerry
I would absolutely NOT recommend a size. The oem sizes are perfect for this bike. I would also not recommend using Metzeler ME880s. I had a rear one literally come apart. Half the tread came off while riding. It was properly balanced and nowhere near worn out. Also avoid buying tires from Dennis Kirk. They sold me a 4 year old tire. I installed it, and was unable to get the bead to seat. I took it to a local independent shop, and they couldn't get it to seat either. I watched them try. Then they checked the tire and found out it was 4 years old.
I beg to differ on the oem size vs. up size. with the up sided front tire, not only does it correct the speedo, but it also kept the front tire form "tracking", when riding on roads that had been graded from being under construction. unlike the oem size, that would just follow those groves all over the damn road!
and then there is always the fact that "wider is better" (more rubber on the road). as KM, has pointed out.
with the up sided rear tire, it will lower the RPM's at highway speeds, again is wider (more rubber on the road, better traction), and also, enable the bike to have a higher cargo capacity.
so, with all that being said, I just can't bring myself to say that the oem size is "perfect".
now, as for the Metzler's?.....my wife and I, we both have gone through 2 pairs each, on our Vulcans. never had a problem. but, I do know of at least one other person that did have a problem with them. no where anywhere near the problem you had, but still, they had problems with the Metzler brand.
and just to be clear here, in no way, was I, suggesting, to any one, that Metzler tire's should be the brand to buy. I was just stating that, that was the brand that worked well for my wife and I, and that we were happy with them. nothing more.
now as where to buy tires form? I have had found that Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, not only have had the lowest prices, but really fast, free shipping.