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28th May 2012, 14:12
Question of the day.I checked the forums either I'm blind or computer stupid.Cant find info on better tires for my nightster.Just a few notes on tires with no problems.I took a bullet in the rear last year and just replaced it with another one from HD.But now the front is showing its age.I want to replace both with the best I can find.Milage not a factor just grip and performance.Just dont have a clue. We all know the dealer pushes there HD tire but I think there must be better ones than stock.I role on back roads and interstates and in rain so any help would be great. Thanks
28th May 2012, 14:23
oh boy.... this is gonna be a "treat"!!! Like asking which oil is better!!! Be prepared for a dozen or two opinions!! Do check some of the older threads and you should find plenty to review. Personally I have Metzler 880 and I like them. Fair wear, 10k plus on last two rear, I think they run quite well in the rain. You will get many answers...you'll have to choose what you think is best!!!
28th May 2012, 14:29
Welcome to the XLForum.
The stock HD tire is more of a touring tire rather than a race tire.
Metzler and Avon seem to be liked here.
28th May 2012, 14:38
quality brand names are usually better, RADIALS are best, modern tech, bias tires and damper rod forks are stone age, modern dual sport radials handle great and wear well. i used mich on my 06 sporty, 120-70-18 front, vulcan midglide added and 3.5 in sealed american wire wheel, 160-60-18 rear, avon had azaro radials for stock type fitments but were not as good as the newer mich tires i have now. harley is finally updating some of its factory rubber, as you can see on older posts the metzlers and avon are popular with better traction and a little faster wear, happy shopping!!
28th May 2012, 18:31
Good question! I didn't dare to ask :D
over the stock HD offerings, Avons are like night n day.. better grip, better feedback, the front feels more planted. not tried the metz's but I've not like them on provious bikes (personal taste)
FWIW - if i had the money - i'd swap to 17inch rims n try n get Michelin pilot roads - best road touring tyre i've come across with grip levels more than you need for aggresive road riding (and i got almost 4k out of them on a GSX11).
either way anything is better than the craplops that are OEM. :)
28th May 2012, 18:53
SpartanDen is right, but in addition to the ones he suggested, Night dragons and Mich Power Commanders seems to be popular also, some guys also run shenkos, truthfully anything is better than the dunflops, I am running a power commander on the rear and Bridgestone exerta on the front only because of the prices I got them really cheap, I got to finally try them out in rain yesterday and WOW wet performance is incredible
28th May 2012, 18:53
For just Grip and Performance. The best you're going to find off the shelf is the AVON's
The Metzelers offer the best wear/performance combination (my own opinion non-withstanding.)
The factory tires are long lasting, but don't offer much else.
Personally I've been very happy with the Pirelli Night Dragons.. I had Metzelers for a while and put them through their paces, but seen too many in the shop have unusual problems.
28th May 2012, 19:04
I also have Metzler 880 ! I will never go back to Dunlops
28th May 2012, 20:57
I've just put a set of Avon Venoms on mine. All I can say is wow! What a difference. Night and day.
29th May 2012, 01:30
I've run several sets of Night Dragons and was happy. Decided to try the Avon Venoms and am going back to Pirelli. The Avons slipped just a little on a regular basis while the Dragons only did that at the end of their treadlife. Both beat the hell out of the factory tires.
29th May 2012, 12:28
Thanks for the real deal info way better than the crap the dealer lays on you.Its crazy that the dealer has to be that way .I also asked about redoing my front end like the 48 with the fat tire and more than one dealer flat out told me to just buy the 48 if I liked the front end what the heck?You alll been a great help.I do have what I need your the fat tire change, this winter I still need tires today .THanks again
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