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I know. The Dunlops just work for me. And, it's OK if they don't for someone else. I would hope the op understands that too.
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I know. The Dunlops just work for me. And, it's OK if they don't for someone else. I would hope the op understands that too.
I meant the orig post, not your reply. My guess would be that 99% of people on this forum have run no-more than 3 or 4 different brands of tires. It's just not in human nature to buy a different brand of tire every time you change rubber. A motorcycle magazine "tire shoot out" would probably more useful for narrowing down what you want out of a tire. My 2 cents; I love riding twisty roads fast, and I prefer Avon and Metzler.
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F.W.I.W. "Sprink" on our forum has been running the Dunlop Elite "Americans" this year with very good results, these are not your O.E.M. tires. I had great success, like John mentioned earlier, with the Avon Venoms unfortunately they no longer make them in appropriate sizes for the rigids or rubbermounts. I tried an Avon Cobra on the rear of my '06"R" and felt it was good, not up to the standards set by the Venoms, stuck well but less than Venoms, held good in the rain but on the track they skipped on surface patches unlike the Venoms. I currently run Commander II's front and rear on the '06 and am not happy with them. will probably get very good mileage out of them but have had issues with loss of traction,( without much or any warning), compared to the Avons. I'll probably look at the "Americans and maybe the Pirellis Sport Demons. May also try Avon Road Riders but they come up short on mileage. Also, it's fair to note that all of my previous bikes, (50 years worth) ran O.E.M. tires. When they needed replacements I got new bikes so all my earlier experience from the 60's till 2001 were on stock tires. When my "Indie" convinced me to switch to the Avons I was dumbstruck at the difference they made, quite a revelation. Ran them exclusively for 12 years on two Sporty's to the tune of over 200,000 miles. They spoiled me and I miss them. Many on here have run Metzlers with good results, the only problems that I was made aware of with them is issues arose from the ones made in South America while the German ones were good all the way.
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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.
Maybe you have too much air pressure which reduces contact patch. I ride in the rain maybe once every 2 or 3 years, so I cannot give any wet weather reports.
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Maybe you have too much air pressure which reduces contact patch. I ride in the rain maybe once every 2 or 3 years, so I cannot give any wet weather reports.
Now I may not know the best cams or carbs or racing equipment but I do have a relationship with my tires. I check air pressure a lot. I was asked on another post how I knew my tire was going flat. That is because I feel the road thru the tires. If it don't feel right, I pull over and check things out. I gotta admit, I love curves. I read the on and off ramps just to judge just the right time to throttle up....I have no life I know. I am usually between 65-75 by the time I would be considered on the interstate. With my new fork brace, I thought I was gonna be on top of the gas station across the street while enjoying the off ramp the other day. I need some twisties to get it out of my system....Anyway, I ride comfortably most of the time. 'just have my moments when I'm glad to have the traction to slam the curves. I have used Pirelli, Kenda, Michelin, Firestone and settled with Dunlop since it was the only one that I didn't slip for no reason on. The Kenda was the worst tire I ever owned and I will never have another. Again, I'm not trying to break the quarter mile record, just trying to make it down the road in all weather conditions. I ride slower in rain and respect a wet road but sometimes things get confusing for cars and they don't know what to do if the Rain God is unhappy and I have had some serious 'oh pooky' moments on the Dunlops and I'm still using em.
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I have wanted to try the Commander II but won't now because of all the reports of slippage which is what I am trying to prevent. I am 50 years old and not as nimble as I used to be. The Pirelli's slipped on road stripes just down from where I work. I lean into it leaving intersections since I found that some people like to go..Hey, is that a motorcycle? and they forget to look at the light about to change so they speed to the int. where I am. The Dunlops have never failed me there either. I have put it to the test as best as my little brain works and have stuck with them.
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I worried about the stock Dunlops, but 8000 miles later, I have found them to be good. Not great, but good. And they throw water quite well. 401s. Pirellis have always been great dry road tires, Yokohomas. Neither do well in the rain.
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avon cobras were a huge improvement over dunlops. especially in the rain.
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