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so, i have a sportster 1200 with a built motor. I currently have michelin commander 2's on my bike and with any thing but warm and/ or dry weather that bike will go sideways quick. Also the tire is more of a squared off tire. around where i live there are a lot of twistys. i need a tire that is more rounded for cornering, and also better in wet conditions also a little softer doesn't hurt for launching, because I get stuck in the rain a lot. I also am not worried about tread life. Please help, thank you.
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I like Bridgestone Battlax BT-45 for rain. They are rounded, and work well. The tread life isnt that good tho
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I have 21k miles on my OEM Michelin Scorcher's. love that tire. getting another set before spring.
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so, i have a sportster 1200 with a built motor. I currently have michelin commander 2's on my bike and with any thing but warm and/ or dry weather that bike will go sideways quick. Also the tire is more of a squared off tire. around where i live there are a lot of twistys. i need a tire that is more rounded for cornering, and also better in wet conditions also a little softer doesn't hurt for launching, because I get stuck in the rain a lot. I also am not worried about tread life. Please help, thank you.
Everybody downs Dunlops but that is all I run because of the same reasons you have stated. They are softer rubber, they grab well in rain and wet conditions. They are round for cornering better. Mine is a daily rider (13 degrees a few days ago with five layers on top- 3 layers on bottom and my tires were the least of my problems. I change tires about once a year or so but with all the miles, I had plenty of grabbing power( except when I first bought the Sportster and I opted for forwards and bags instead of rubber). My fault and I survived- won't let that happen again though.
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Stock Dunlops are the worst tire ever made for anybody that wants to go anywhere close to legal speeds. They wander on concrete grooves and have really poor cornering ability for anybody that doesn't like getting passed by school buses in the twisties.

I like my Avon Venom X, but I heard they do not make them anymore. I ride aggressively.
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C'mon, school buses in the twisties. Ok, maybe you ride more aggressively than me but when the Dunlops catch the grooves, I let the bike react with no problems. I enjoy riding but I also NEED to ride due to me being broke from not going to college and getting me a real job. But, they work for me. Where's the little character that I can add that throws 2 cents on the floor...well there's mine anyway. Feel free to tell me how wrong I am. I think it just depends on what you use them for.
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Well, I didn't want to call you slow! But the OP is concerned about performance and handling.

If money is an issue, you can still get better tires at an Indy for less money.
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Ok, What tire does get great reviews for grabbing hard in wet and/ or turns and are better than Dunlops? I have ran thru Pirelli in 6 months while sliding thru turns.
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