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best tire on a vn 750?

Hey guys, just wanted you're opinion on whats a good tire for the vn750, I'm looking at buying one from a pretty nice price but the tires are shot and will need replacing before i can get it inspected. Thanks ahead of time!
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Hey my first tech reply...


I just joined but have been reading this site for the last couple of weeks. Most people here agree that the ME880 tires from Metzler are the go to best tires for our bikes.

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It's all a matter of preference. You want a good tire that is nice and sticky, but you want to figure out what is best for you.
Are you going to do a lot of interstate riding? Back roads with a lot of twisties? Dry weather, wet weather? Most tires will accommodate what you want to do, but it's best to research them. Make sure and check the date on the sides of the tires. You don't want to get any that are over a couple years old.
Most here use the Metzler ME880's. They are an awesome tire, but are expensive. But at the same time you only have 2 tires between you and the road, so get a good pair.
I always get a matching set of treads for both tires. I'm pretty sure you don't have to, but I'm sure someone will chime in and help with that.
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Hello.....I have to throw in my 2 cents on this question.....as I feel it should be a two part question........Best tires for a Vulcan 750....period!......or best tires for a Vulcan 750 in a certain price range? Best tires period....... I would say there are three...... Pirelli Night Dragons, Metzeler 880's, or Avon Venom's. They all stick to the road great.....and are great in the rain.......The Avon's are very soft compound so they stick like glue......but will be worn out the fastest. The Night Dragons are Pirelli's answer to the Metz 880's. Both are a very good all weather.....decent mileage tire. If you don't want to spend over 150.00$ on a set of tires......my vote is for Shinko Tourmaster 230's. I own these currently and love them......good all weather tire and very high mileage out of these (8000 miles currently and only now beginning to show signs of wear.)
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Last year I replaced my stock Bridgestones with Pirelli MT66's. Best tires I've ever rode on. Zero wobble on metal grate bridges and incredible traction on wet Florida roads, even with sharp turns on rain-soaked pavement. They were much cheaper than the Metzler's as well, about half the price.

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The bike I just bought has Shinko Tourmaster 230's and so far they work. I only have 100 miles on them and the previous owner just had them put on and they only had like 40 miles on them. I will post back later on how these hold up as I have a 65 mile commute daily so I will be racking up miles on them quick.
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New tires are great, but always remember new tires or old tires you can still pop a hole in them from riding over nails and etc. I use ride on tire sealer, i could run over 100 nails and tires will still be inflated.

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I was in the same situation 3 years ago and I did a lot of reading on the forum. At the time the Mets and the Avons seemed to be neck and neck. I got better pricing on the Avons and took the Knifemakers advice and put fatter tires on the bike. I love the tires and they still have plenty of tread after 10,000 miles. I think the rubber will go bad before I wear them out. Note, the fattter tire (see signature for sizes) actually corrected the speedometer as one of our members pointed out.

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