Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Daleville, Alabama
Michelin Commander II
I replaced my 150/90 MT66 today. She had just over 17,000 miles on her and was getting a bit thin. I went with a 170/80 Michelin Commander II and squeeze just didn't work, too wide. So let some air out and sort of drop kicked it in, with a bit of pushing on the sidewall to get it past the swing arm and the final drive. But after that no problem with fitment. The Commander II was just $30 more that the 170/80 MT66, in fact the Michelin Commander II 150/90 cost more that the 170/80 for some strange reason, but with their claim about almost twice the mileage, I figured I'd give it a shot.
Aired back up to 32psi and put about 25 miles on it. Still have to get it scuffed in good, but she rides really nice. 100% better than the old MT66. Now this could be because the MT66 was past her prime, but I can tell a big difference, but my scoot now handles like a different bike.
So now just to ride it and see what mileage this thing is going to give me. One thing I did notice is at 70mph I have a drop of 200+ RPM, slightly taller tire and a lot more tread on the II too.
And since I had the tire off, I re-lubed the splines again.