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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old 07-21-2015, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Default Suggested tires for a XCT?

I am sure that I am bringing up a worn out topic but the search brings up too much.
I have a 2013 XCT and I need a good handling, touring tire. I have been waiting for three weeks for a set of Michelin's to come in with no luck.
What would you suggest for my bike. I am not impressed with the Dunlops that came on the bike. I am willing to spend what it takes to get a good set of tires. I should note that the bike does a lot of travel with two up and all our gear.
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I am not impressed with the E3's either. I had great results with the Bridgestone G704 and G709 on my GoldWing 1800 and I have a set of them now on my XCT. They take the exact same size.

Apparently they have a reduced weight rating, but I really like the way they feel as compared to the E3's - especially on wet roads.

Of course, I may try a darkside tire when this one finally goes away



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Michelin doesn't make a tire for the XCT. E3, Avon Cobra, and (gasp) Metzlers 888. These are the tires in radial form that carry the equivalent load rating of the XCT.

The Stones that Broggy mentioned are fine tires and will make it feel more sporty, but be aware you lose about 160 pounds of rear tire load rating. Bridgestone has an envigor or some sort of tire out as well now. Not sure about those other than they are an 827 pound load rate as well.

Sorry to say MC tires leave a lot to be desired in many ways. If you don't go much over 400 ish pounds on a load, the 704-709 are really hard to beat IMHO.

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The E3s seem to be really squirrley on roads with tar snakes. Worse than any other bike I've had or other tires I've used. That said, I did go with the E3 set again after the stock tires were worn out because I've heard good things about the MT mileage. I hate replacing tires at 8-10K.

Since putting the new E3 set on my bike seems to have a strange wiggle to it while accelerating in the 15-30mph range now. Thinking it is a tire fault.

Metzeler tires have been great on my VTX. But tread life is 8-10K.

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<snip> and (gasp) Metzlers 888. These are the tires in radial form <snip more>
Are the ME-888's for the XCT radials for BOTH wheels? I shopped for tires this past spring intending to buy them when I return to my bike in Florida this fall and it seemed that the 888's were radial in the size needed for one of the XCT wheels and bias ply in the size needed for the other wheel. Or, I could be nuts (would be at least the 7th time today). What say you?

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I like my E3's and the way they feel. I've always used Michelin Commander II's and loved them. I'll probably end up going with another E3 when it's time.


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Here ya go Vinish

http://www.metzeler.com/site/us/prod...hon_ultra.html

Is see the rear is a 74 load rating, so it is in the same category as the Stone. Sorry I was misinformed.

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I put a set of Michelin Commander II's on this season. They are okay but...I know this will be a big surprise they don't live up to the hype. I'd rate them good to average. Going for a 60 to a 65 rear corrected my speedo(to match GPS) but totally screwed up my gas gauge(good thing I don't rely on it).
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Here ya go Vinish

http://www.metzeler.com/site/us/prod...hon_ultra.html

Is see the rear is a 74 load rating, so it is in the same category as the Stone. Sorry I was misinformed.
Thanks. Make that 8 times I've been wrong already today and I've yet to go home to the wife after work.

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I really like the E3's for a touring tire. I hated them on the Goldwing but on the xct I've been very happy. I get 19 to 21 thousand miles on a rear and well beyond that on the front. As far as tar snakes, Ive yet to find a tire that didn't squirrel away on hot tar. I've ridden in several rain storms hundreds of miles and One blizzard I really hadn't counted on. My backup if no E3's would be the bridge stones but they don't last more than 10 or 11 thousand miles.

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