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View Poll Results: What tires do you recommend for "Rubber mount XL"?
Dunlop D401 134 21.97%
Metzeler ME880 207 33.93%
Metzeler Lasertec 5 0.82%
Avon Super Venom 91 14.92%
Michelin Commander 63 10.33%
Pirelli MT66 Route 14 2.30%
Pirelli Sport Demon 14 2.30%
Bridgestone BT45 18 2.95%
other products 64 10.49%
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Hmmm. Last time I looked at prices in the UK. Michelin cost less than Bridgestone and both were considerably less than Metzler.
I guest much depends on tariffs from where they are made etc. Michelin Commanders seem to be mostly made in Thailand:
Bridgestone always in Japan: Metzler are now Pirelli owned and seem to come from a variety of sources.
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Anyone familiar with Metzlers new Cruisetec tire? I was planning on getting Michelin Commanders but I stopped in at my local Indy yesterday to pick up some exhaust gaskets. He just got this year's shipment of tires in and we were looking them over. He's looking for a couple guys to try out these Cruisetecs and made me an offer to do just that. I can get them at cost and he'll even install them.
His take is it's easier to sell something that's proven.
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Had the same situation at my tyre shop when I bought the Bridgestone H50s. He said the market is very conservative for cruisers.
I got them at good price and they asked for feedback. I would go for it if you want a tyre more designed for performance and handling.
The Bridgestone H50s are a similar tyre to the cruisetec and are excellent in my view. I much prefer the handling compared to Commander IIs.
They are more profiled so they corner with much more confidence. I don't know about wear yet but they claim decent mileage. I am sure the cruisetec will be similar.
Personally, I am happy to trade some wear for better grip and handling. Bottom line, I enjoy my Sportster more now.
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...The Bridgestone H50s are a similar tyre to the cruisetec and are excellent in my view. I much prefer the handling compared to Commander IIs....
Which H50's did you get? The radials or the bias ply version?
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Bias ply in my case. That was the only size option for my venerable Sportster.
They are even more neutral over road bumps than the Michelin and very smooth riding.
Oh and the front balanced with one 5g weight; the Commanders needed 45g.
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Thanks for the insight. Yeah, the Cruisetecs looked like they would corner better than the commanders. So did the Bridgestones. I think they were the H50s.
Suppose to stick well wet and dry. I don't mind giving up some wear so long as they don't wear funny. I've just always viewed the Michelins as a good riding tire comfort wise that wore well and did ok performance wise. A safe bet so to speak that didn't necessarily standout as far sticking to the road but did ok.
I haven't done much homework on bike tires lately so I'm not real up to speed on them.
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All of them are good brands. The cruisetecs should be a great premium tyre from Metzler and at a friendly
price; so you are risking less of your hard earned cash. Why not give yourself the kudos of being the first
on your block to have them on your ride!

I agree with your assessment of the Commander IIs; great mileage and feel OK. I tried the Bridgestone
H50s as I fancied something a bit more agile. Cruiser tyres tend to be mostly about mileage but I enjoy
the agility much more now I can lean the Sportster with more confidence. If I get a bit less mileage that
is a price worth paying and no, they don't wear funny.
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Just put on my second set of Shinko 777s. Excellent tires, they look great too.
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I use Pirelli Angels on my 2006 XL 1200C Café rebuild.
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Just had a Bridgestone H50 100/90/19 fitted, needed no weights at all to balance.
The old Metzeler needed 45g.
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