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Another vote for the Commander II's. I have had no issues with wet weather grip.
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I run Continental Milestone's. Huge improvement over the Dunlops.
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I have the Michelin commanders on my bike and I don't like them. I used to run metzler 880's and liked them but decided to try these Michelin tires from some reviews on the forum. They do ride smooth and don't seem to follow grooves or anything like that but they seem to get even more squirrly on the tar snakes than any other tire i have had. even when crossing over them if I am running parallel to the tar snake the bike will wobble as I am going over them. But what bothers me most is they don't have much grip in my opinion. Every time I have had to hit the brakes not even close to hard the front tire will lock up and start skipping across the ground. Feels like I have anti- lock brakes. I am surprised I have not high sided myself because of them yet. They loose traction way to fast so I am forced to slow down and be more cautious in the turns and while stopping.
I have not had an issue in the rain with them because I will not push them in the rain due to the fact that I don't feel comfortable with them underneath me.
I should have known better to try them because I had a pair of Michelin tires on my car and they would do the same thing. I would make a turn that i have made a bunch of times on other tires that held the ground and the Michelin would start slipping. on top of that since Harley uses them it should have been obvious to me that they would be a harder more long lasting style tire than I like. Next set and I hope these wear out really fast will probably be the night dragons if I don't go back to metzler.
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I have the Michelin commanders on my bike and I don't like them. I used to run metzler 880's and liked them but decided to try these Michelin tires from some reviews on the forum. They do ride smooth and don't seem to follow grooves or anything like that but they seem to get even more squirrly on the tar snakes than any other tire i have had. even when crossing over them if I am running parallel to the tar snake the bike will wobble as I am going over them. But what bothers me most is they don't have much grip in my opinion. Every time I have had to hit the brakes not even close to hard the front tire will lock up and start skipping across the ground. Feels like I have anti- lock brakes. I am surprised I have not high sided myself because of them yet. They loose traction way to fast so I am forced to slow down and be more cautious in the turns and while stopping.
I have not had an issue in the rain with them because I will not push them in the rain due to the fact that I don't feel comfortable with them underneath me.
I should have known better to try them because I had a pair of Michelin tires on my car and they would do the same thing. I would make a turn that i have made a bunch of times on other tires that held the ground and the Michelin would start slipping. on top of that since Harley uses them it should have been obvious to me that they would be a harder more long lasting style tire than I like. Next set and I hope these wear out really fast will probably be the night dragons if I don't go back to metzler.
Could the air pressure be too high causing too small contact patch?
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I did have the air pressure at what the max said on the side of the tire and it was riding very rough. Once I lowered it down to what the sticker on the downtube says to keep the tires at which decman recommended while at the west coast rallie the bike did feel much smoother riding but it didn't seem to change the grip of it that I noticed. I was still able to lock the front up relatively easy.
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I did have the air pressure at what the max said on the side of the tire and it was riding very rough. Once I lowered it down to what the sticker on the downtube says to keep the tires at which decman recommended while at the west coast rallie the bike did feel much smoother riding but it didn't seem to change the grip of it that I noticed. I was still able to lock the front up relatively easy.

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Michelin recommends the tire pressure specified by the motorcycle manufacturer, except where otherwise stated.
Metzeler and Pirelli both are higher then HD which is what your used to. Never max pressure however.

Personally I am happy with the night dragons...just once they get below 4/32nds they wear out quickly. ..
but two up and raining in west Va they held the road...
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