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View Poll Results: What tires do you recommend for "Rubber mount XL"?
Dunlop D401 137 22.03%
Metzeler ME880 207 33.28%
Metzeler Lasertec 5 0.80%
Avon Super Venom 91 14.63%
Michelin Commander 64 10.29%
Pirelli MT66 Route 16 2.57%
Pirelli Sport Demon 14 2.25%
Bridgestone BT45 18 2.89%
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BTW ... If you go to the 160 / 80HB -16 size rear tire, there are only 3 choices that I have found in this size:

Metzler ME880
Dunlop Elite 3
Avon AM42 Venom
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I have a Dunlop 401 waiting for me at the dealer. I'm sticking with them since they've never let me down.

Also, I just don't seem to get as many miles as others do out of (rear)tires. I have gone 3,000-4,000 miles on other tire brands on my non HDs. On my HDs, with the 401s I get around 8,000.
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I would go with a tire that is good in wet weather. In Okinawa the roads have coral in them and they get slick as hell when it rains. I am assuming the roads in mainland are the same way. I hear Metzlers are the way to go for wet weather tires ,but I do not have experience with them. Maybe someone will chime in.

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Thank you for personal advice.
Because I run carefully when it rains, it is all right.

Then thank you for almost all of you.
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Since you have an 04 1200R, I would replace the stock 150 / 80HB -16 rear tire with a Metzler ME880 160 / 80HB -16.

From everything I have read, it will fit fine.
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I had been paying attention to your opinion before I entered this forum.
I plan to use "the great map" that you made.
Then thank you for surprising suggestion about a tire.
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Are the rubber mount tires really better than the old rigid mounts
Only if you run syn III in all three holes
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Since you have an 04 1200R, I would replace the stock 150 / 80HB -16 rear tire with a Metzler ME880 160 / 80HB -16.

From everything I have read, it will fit fine.

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Fits good on stock wheel with no mods?
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Red .... Thank's for the kind words


jrazo .... That's what they say .... Check the 2 links below:

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Anyone have a secret decoder ring for tire sizes? It is bad enough that the Mo-Co uses different size notations for the front and rear.
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what is the diffrence between the 880s and the dunflops ??
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I visited the metzeler site and they have a fitment finder.
I did my 04 roadster and got this
150/80B16M/CTL 71H ME880
and for the front
100/90-19 M/C 57H TL ME880 FRONT

Is a 160 going to fit? And what is the number before the H mean??
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