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Default Dunlop D404s are absolute shiat!

I bought a pair of D404 tires for the sporty last summer. My local indy had them in stock, and according to Dunlop the only real difference between them and the stock Dunlops is load capacity.

Well, they are absolute crap!

Absolutely noexistant wet traction, not a thrd as good as the worn out stock Dunlops they replaced. The D404s almost cost me my life on the freeway Saturday, i won't go into details, but will say that having your back tire break loose in a construction zone at 60MPH with a semi on you fender is f**king frightening!

Only 3000 miles and the wear bars are showing on the rear!

I never burn out, and I don't chirp when I down shift, this is ridiculous.

I ordered a set of Metezelers yesterday, they should arrive Thursday. Man, I hope they're as good as everyone says.
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I'm waiting for the post "I just got my new Metzelers and they're FRIGGIN great"

I have been a proponent for the Metz's for a long time, (even before I was riding) Something about a company that only makes motorcycle tyres (tires) makes me all warm and fuzzy inside..

Did you upgrade the sizes any, or just stock replacement?
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My Dunlops are 451s (I think) and they are crap as well. They were new when I bought the bike and the rear is just about slick in the middle now. I'm just now comming up on 3k miles. Best I can tell they are really sticky in the curves but they sure didn't last long.
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Wizzard.....

I'm waiting for the post "I just got my new Metzelers and they're FRIGGIN great"

I have been a proponent for the Metz's for a long time, (even before I was riding) Something about a company that only makes motorcycle tyres (tires) makes me all warm and fuzzy inside..

Did you upgrade the sizes any, or just stock replacement?
Did the 140/90HB16 in the rear and the 90/90H-21 front. I'm hoping to add a little contact patch, as well as fill the front fender a bit better.

I know the ME880s will be better, but it was a little hard to justify pulling off a new looking front tire.
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Did the 140/90HB16 in the rear and the 90/90H-21 front. I'm hoping to add a little contact patch, as well as fill the front fender a bit better.

I know the ME880s will be better, but it was a little hard to justify pulling off a new looking front tire.

I know the feeling, When I bought my bike the front tire was new(er) and the rear was good. Thankfully (?) I grabbed a nail and HAD to replace the rear. I did so over 7,000 miles ago and it's still meaty as all get out.

A couple of weeks ago my front tire (great tread life left) was cracking on the sidewalls. I decided to replace with the 110 Metzeler ( I have 19" rims)

Now that I Have matching rubber the bike is very stable, handles turns with ease and I feel better. went over a nice bridge grate the other day and NO wobble.. Actually let go of the bars and it tracked straight(Unlike the dunflops
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I know the feeling, When I bought my bike the front tire was new(er) and the rear was good. Thankfully (?) I grabbed a nail and HAD to replace the rear. I did so over 7,000 miles ago and it's still meaty as all get out.

A couple of weeks ago my front tire (great tread life left) was cracking on the sidewalls. I decided to replace with the 110 Metzeler ( I have 19" rims)

Now that I Have matching rubber the bike is very stable, handles turns with ease and I feel better. went over a nice bridge grate the other day and NO wobble.. Actually let go of the bars and it tracked straight(Unlike the dunflops
Glad to hear the good feedback on the Metzs. I ride to Grand Rapids every Friday and about half the ride is ruined by shitty rain grooves, maybe this weekend I can actually enjoy the WHOLE ride down.
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Did the 140/90HB16 in the rear and the 90/90H-21 front. I'm hoping to add a little contact patch, as well as fill the front fender a bit better.

I know the ME880s will be better, but it was a little hard to justify pulling off a new looking front tire.
Do yourself a favor and cancell your current order and get 880's....
Best F'n tire around. Riding is what it's all about and 880's fill the bill.
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My Dunlops are 451s (I think) and they are crap as well. They were new when I bought the bike and the rear is just about slick in the middle now. I'm just now comming up on 3k miles. Best I can tell they are really sticky in the curves but they sure didn't last long.
I've got 4500 miles on my bike now and the OEM rubber still looks like new. What am I doing wrong?
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Do yourself a favor and cancell your current order and get 880's....
Best F'n tire around. Riding is what it's all about and 880's fill the bill.
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I was under the impression that he was upgrading to the 880's.

As he stated. he ordered them yesterday.... and that it was hard to justify replacing the front wheel. which I read as he did it.

oh and I agree, The 880's are the best tire around !
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I changed to Metzlers at 7,000 miles, wish I had done it at 7 miles. The Dunlops never worked with any tire pressure. With the Metzlers, I could tell the difference in 3 psi.
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