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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-29-2008, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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I need to replace my tires. A friend suggested I replace my front tire with something bigger or "fatter" as he said. Any thoughts on this? Or should I say witht he original size?
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I have read to increase the front tire width and height... don't remember what size to go to though
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On my 97, I replaced the stock tires with Metzler Marathon ME880's

Stock front size is 100/90-19 Oversize 110/90-19
Stock rear size is 150/90-15 Oversize 170/80-15

Going with the oversize on the front corrects the speedometer inaccuracy.

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Pirrelli Route tires wear very well but traction isn't the best on wet roads. A friend has worn out his Metzlers in 3000 miles on his bonneville. It took half that just to wear the little feelers off my Pirrellis.

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I was always very happy with the Dunlop 491 Elite II's, which were made for bigger bikes like Gold Wings, so they wear great and have nice traction. But they discontinued them for the Elite III's, which are supposed to be better, but I personally don't like the tread pattern on those.


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Front - definitely go with the 110/90 19 with the one caviat that it will not fit if you have the tourpac fender (if ya don't know if ya do, ya don't). Corrects speedometer accuracy and frankly, looks better.

Rear - go stock or oversized. I'm running 170/80 15's on the rear and definitely have dropped my rpm's at cruising speeds, but some clearances are a bit tight v.s the stock setup.

Got about 10K out of my ME880's, expect to get about the same out of my avon venoms.

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On my 97, I replaced the stock tires with Metzler Marathon ME880's

Stock front size is 100/90-19 Oversize 110/90-19
Stock rear size is 150/90-15 Oversize 170/80-15

Going with the oversize on the front corrects the speedometer inaccuracy.
Feels like a different bike with the bigger tires
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Antiq, I would say if your friend wore out his Metzlers in 3000 miles he was pretty agressive with them. I also have them on my wing, which is a lot heavier bike and lots of 2 up riding, and put 10000 miles on them so far and they still have plenty of tread. IMO the Metzlers (on my Vulcan 750) handle much better than the Pirelli's but having gone oversized may have something to do with that.

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I have about 2000 miles on my perelli MT66 tires. the feelers are still on them. I do notice a little more 'slide' that my stock tires when I down shift on a turn at too high of RPMS. and a little 'slide' on wet oil roads, but they work well for dirt and highway. I think they are a great tire for the price.

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I like the Avon Venom X. Good traction in wet weather. I went oversized front and rear and it does give the Vulcan a bigger bike feel and does lower the RPM slightly. But, I am thinking of going back to stock size rear tire.

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