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Default Tires other than Dunlop?

I have an 05 xlc with just over 30k and needing a new tire on the rear. HD calls for Dunlop D401 and I am currently running a Dunlop D404. Has anyone run anything else with great results? I'm getting around 10K on rear tires.
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I like my Metzler ME 880 tires, after 2 sets of the Dunlops (23K) switched and currently on my second rear tire, same front of the Metzlers (48K) they hold up just as well and I feel that they have more traction/better cornering, specially on wet roads.
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I like the commander II's. Reasonabley good grip and they last. Some say they are not so good on wet roads, but I am overly cautious when wet so I can't say.
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Love my commander II. I find them great on wet and dry.
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On my '05 I replaced the original Dunlops with Metzeler ME 880s, which were superb: a huge improvement over the originals in every respect.

On the '13 I couldn't get ME 880s in whitewalls (not without a long wait, anyway), so I went for Avon Cobras instead. I wasn't particularly impressed: no better than the Dunlops.

The new '15 will have Michelin Scorchers; I'll be interested to see what they're like.
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My Super Low has Michelin Scorchers on it, they react badly to grooved pavement in tight curves, the highway Dept has scraped rough grooves in several places. The Scorchers will most likely be replaced come Spring, the rim sizes cut the choices down some.
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Pirelli Night Dragons are great, even though my front one recently sprung a leak, and I've been too busy/lazy to deal with it. I hear good things about the inexpensive Shinko 777s.
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Welcome to the XLForum. Dunlops are made in the USA. Some people still care.
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Bob thanks for that. I'm a vet so I that does make a difference that they are made in the USA!
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I ran Avon Venoms and loved them. Switched to pirellis but can't remember why. Probably what was on sale.
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