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Old 13th May 2009
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I need to get new tires for my 01 xlh

Should I go with the stock, dunlop 402?

Someone told me to go with Metzeler ME 880? Any thoughts on what to do?

First Harley and I have only had the bike for about a month now, but the tires are the oringals (only 3k miles but need more grip)

Are some brands better than others?

Thanks for your help!
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How do you ride? Very fast, drag racer, twistie junkie, easy rider, double with tho old lady, etc... We need this info to give you an informed opinion.
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I can highly recommend the Metzeler ME880's. GREAT grip in WET and DRY. They're also a longer lasting tire.. (not as long as stock, but I can get 10,000 miles / set)
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I do a little of everything, it all depends on the mood Im in. Sometimes I have the tightest grip on the throttle and other times Im relaxed crusing through the twisties. My wife loves to get on the back and go with me on short trips or long trips.

I also ride rain or shine, it doesnt matter to me.
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You mentioned in the first post that your tires have 3k miles but need more grip, so I think you answered your own question about going back to stock. Sounds like the Metzlers would be a good choice for you.
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I mentioned that I need more grip because the tires are from 2001 and are just old. The previous owner never really put any miles on the bike (2500 miles in 8 years).

Now that I have the bike and I am riding the thing, I think I should replace the old tires thats all.
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I have a set of Avon Venoms on the wifes bike. I just did a 400 mile ride on Monday and they were nice. We had a bit of superslap, twisties, stop and go, and they were sweet.
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Probably a good idea to change out old hard tires. Cheap insurance. I personally like the stock tires and have 15k on the rear tire with no issues. They seem to work well in both wet and dry conditions. But it seems that most people on this site like the Metzler or Avons better.
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The stock Dunlop's last a long time, but ride like wood. Avon Venom AM41 and AM42 are good tires, but won't last as long. Metzeler ME880 good too, and kind of in between.

It just depends what you want.
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