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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-18-2007, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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radial or bias?

which tires are better for our bikes, radial or bias? also what brand. a lot on here like the metzlers, what about michelin commanders or avon? thanks
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I've had Dunlops and Metzelers, and the Metz's provided a much improved ride and handling, IMO.

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thanks, any preference on radial/bias?
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Hmm, I'm not sure what type they are, but I'm really happy with the Dunlop 491 Elite II's, front & rear.
They've lasted quite awhile (haven't paid attention to the actual mileage, but my buddy on his Nighthawk has gone thru a couple rear tires to my one)

As far as bias or radial, I believe bias provides better handling.
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The Elite IIs are bias. I have one on the rear of my bike and I hope to replace it with another one when the time comes. I like this tire.
In answer to the first question, there is still a lot of debate about the radial or bias tires and which is best. For our purposes, I don't think the added cost of radials is really warranted as our application of the tire is different than that of a car.
As for brand, I have heard that Metzler, Dunlop (my fave), Avon, and Michelin are all good. That's not to say that the rest are bad, just that these are the brands I have heard or read the most about. I really think tires are like the choice of oil. Find a brand that works for you. You really can't go wrong with the main brands of tires.

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Once again, thanks to all, i am learning about my bike (and my girlfriends) each time i ask a question on this site, and the verses are great. still debating on the GB removal?
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Once again, thanks to all, i am learning about my bike (and my girlfriends) each time i ask a question on this site, and the verses are great. still debating on the GB removal?

what for? keep in mind u lose power by doing so...

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You can't run Radial tires on the Vulcan. Bikes are specificly built to run radials or bias tires...not both. The Vulcan 750 uses bias tires so you need to stay away from radial tires, as they can severely effect the handling of the bike.

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I vote for the bias too. I have Dunlop D404's and like them.

Was in the HD stealership the other day, EVERY new bike in there had a private label D404 on it. I know it's a Harley, but still, they sure have confidence in the D404's.

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