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On Harleys:

Hi Mileage: Michelin Commander II, Metzeler 888, Dunlop American Elite (20k-30k)

Mid Range: Shink 230, Dunlop 401/402, Michelin Scorcher (10k-20k)

Sticky tire-Low mileage: Shinko 777, Pirelli Night Dragon, Avon Venom/Cobra (3k-8k)

For reference, I run Michelin Commander II on my Evo, and Shinko 777 on my ironhead. Have installed pretty much every tire.
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If longevity is your main goal I have a few suggestions that I can recommend based off of personal first hand experience so YMMV.

My stock tires were Michellin Scorchers Rear lasted 20k miles/Front 30k Miles. These tires do not like road snakes. They get sucked into grooves and I did not enjoy that part.

I switched to Michellin Commander II's Rear lasted 30k miles/Front lasted 30k miles. I ran two sets of these front and rear. They don't even flinch with road snakes and do not get sucked into grooves. Loved that about these tires. Did not like the wet weather grip though. Taking off at stop lights mind you carefully since I knew the roads were wet they seem to give a slight slipping sensation on take off. However never felt a loss of confidence in corners on wet roads. Just took them slower than I would if it was dry.

Currently I'm trying the American Elites by Dunlop since I wanted to try something else that was supposed to be high mileage. Have about 10k miles on the set which is great. They don't flinch with road snakes or grooves. However I noticed a lot slower turn in when I put them on. It felt as if the front was heavier. After 10k miles though I don't even notice and depending on how long they last I will purchase another set. Thumbs up for Dunlop offering a Made in America tire.

Let us know what you go with. The tire information above is on my 2013 Iron 883 with an aftermarket Air Cleaner. Other than that it is stock and I don't do burnouts or ride like a hooligan.

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On Harleys:

Hi Mileage: Michelin Commander II, Metzeler 888, Dunlop American Elite (20k-30k)

Mid Range: Shink 230, Dunlop 401/402, Michelin Scorcher (10k-20k)

Sticky tire-Low mileage: Shinko 777, Pirelli Night Dragon, Avon Venom/Cobra (3k-8k)

For reference, I run Michelin Commander II on my Evo, and Shinko 777 on my ironhead. Have installed pretty much every tire.
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If longevity is your main goal I have a few suggestions that I can recommend based off of personal first hand experience so YMMV.

My stock tires were Michellin Scorchers Rear lasted 20k miles/Front 30k Miles. These tires do not like road snakes. They get sucked into grooves and I did not enjoy that part.

I switched to Michellin Commander II's Rear lasted 30k miles/Front lasted 30k miles. I ran two sets of these front and rear. They don't even flinch with road snakes and do not get sucked into grooves. Loved that about these tires. Did not like the wet weather grip though. Taking off at stop lights mind you carefully since I knew the roads were wet they seem to give a slight slipping sensation on take off. However never felt a loss of confidence in corners on wet roads. Just took them slower than I would if it was dry.

Currently I'm trying the American Elites by Dunlop since I wanted to try something else that was supposed to be high mileage. Have about 10k miles on the set which is great. They don't flinch with road snakes or grooves. However I noticed a lot slower turn in when I put them on. It felt as if the front was heavier. After 10k miles though I don't even notice and depending on how long they last I will purchase another set. Thumbs up for Dunlop offering a Made in America tire.

Let us know what you go with. The tire information above is on my 2013 Iron 883 with an aftermarket Air Cleaner. Other than that it is stock and I don't do burnouts or ride like a hooligan.

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So far I have 7000 miles on Michelin Commander IIs and they look like they will go 5000+ more miles at least. I got 8000 miles out of the Dunlops 401/402.
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i like sticky tires.



i used to run the avon venom x's but they do not make them anymore. i've read a lot of bad reviews on the newer avon cobra's.



i just recently tried the shinko 777's but was hesitant to do so as they are inexpensive. turns out they are a damn good tire for the money. in this case inexpensive doesn't mean cheap. i bought both front and rear for about $140 shipped to me.



i ride my sporty like a sport bike (i have rearsets, clipon bars and sportster sport shocks.) and these tires can do the work and are planted in the curves. they even handle well in the rain which surprised me.



they may not wear as long as some of the other offerings but i personally care more about stickiness that longevity.
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There seems to be 2 versions of the Shinko SR777 and the SR777 HD. Wow you got a good deal on two tires for that price. May I ask where?
Canada Shinko sells the front at 109 and rear at 175.

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There seems to be 2 versions of the Shinko SR777 and the SR777 HD. Wow you got a good deal on two tires for that price. May I ask where?
Canada Shinko sells the front at 109 and rear at 175.

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you can read about the differences here.

http://www.shinkotirecanada.com/product/category=2.php
as far as i can tell the only difference between the regular 777 and the 777 hd is the hd is the reflector series and according to the shinko site it has " a newly redesigned reinforced carcass". both the 777 and the 777 h.d. are h rated with 4 or 6 ply, aramid reinforced carcass, and are heavy duty.

and as a note both of my tires say have h.d. stamped on them but they are the non reflector 777's


and i bought my tires on ebay .... just looked for the lowest price shipped to me. i had to get them from two different places. i also install my own tires so that saves me some money as well.

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Hi Jordan, try Fort Nine from Montreal. They used to be called Canada's powersports store. 777 front $81 rear $124. Free shipping. I installed them on my 90 sporty. Nice tires. I think I will try the Shinko 230 tourmaster next, I believe it is a higher mileage tire. Fort Nine is a great company to deal with in Canada. I order a lot of parts from them.
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