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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-25-2009, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone tried the Bridgestone Spitfires. The reviews on Bikebandit make them sound pretty good and the price is very reasonable.
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My bike came with them. While my opinion doesn't have a lot of basis for comparison since it's my first bike, they seem to run smoothly and corner well.

I didn't think the rear size was still available.
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same as imboring, my bike came with spitfires. no real problems with them. never realy rode in the rain with them so i dont know about wet weather traction. they worked well enough to drag the center stand thru the corners, so they must be ok. recently changed to metzler 880s. more expensive but also highly recomended by many on this site. these i have riden inthe rain, excelent performance. no comparison on tread life yet. just my opinion

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Last year I replaced the front stock Bridgetone tire with an S11 and thought it was a good replacement and just last weekend replaced the rear with an S11 on my 2003. I also read great budget-minded reviews about the tire and decided on the S11's last year. Couldn't find any posts about mounting them on the VN750 either. But when I looked for the rear this year, uh-oh... stock size isn't available. I worriedly opted for the 170/80 that fit fine but has little side clearance. Hope they don't widen out! I am still going to watch for clearance scrape. So I haven't had time to wear the nubs off yet but noticed a GREAT difference. I don't get the road seam wander, a lot softer ride, and just rides all out better. I expect them to be much better on the twisties since they are a rounder width tire.

Anybody else riding on them???
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ordered front and rear friday from bikebandit for under $150.00 now I'm waiting on delivery
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ordered front and rear friday from bikebandit for under $150.00 now I'm waiting on delivery
Wow, there is someplace that has both sizes. When they come in, could you report back on how old the DOT codes are?
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The rear tire showed up yesterday the DOT code was 0609. The front shipped today.
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Spitfires are nice. My Dad had a Virago 1100 with Spitfires. I rode that bike 500 miles, and those tires cornered like nobody's business. My Vulcan came with Bridgestone Exedras. Good tire, handles nicely, but not as nicely as the Spitfires.

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