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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 11-18-2015, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all , I'm in need of some new skins over the winter . I was wondering if anyone has tried these on their cross bike and if you did , how is the performance ? I looked through some of the tire threads and doesn't look like anyone has run these ... I'm also open to any and all suggestions on other brands / models . Thanks for any input .

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I ran these on my GL1800 for 2-3 sets. I had a couple sets of these tires on my XCT (G704 and G709). Great tire. I still have the front one on. If you keep them aired up properly, they should be fairly decent. They don't have the load capacity of the Dunflop E3s however.

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I'm on my 3rd set...and 4th rear tire. Rear tire gets anywhere from 8500 miles to about 11,000 least on my bike. My present rear tire is about 9600 and I have about 500-1000 miles left on it. The front...14-18,000 miles.

By the can get that tire combo cheaper at some of the online stores. I think they are great tires...but I do use a TPMS and my tires are always inflated properly.

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might be cheaper here or newer made. with ebay you never know how old the tires are

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I havn't used them before but as a former Wing owner I know where to find them cheap. $299 until November 25th.
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post #6 of 43 (permalink) Old 11-19-2015, 03:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the links guys , I did notice when I typed in my bike info it said these tires aren't compatible with my bike , seemed strange since they are the identical sized tires my bike takes .... Anther member here recommended the Avons , I got 18,000 out of the Dunlops but want something a little stickier this go around .

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After running the Commander IIs for 11k I'm making sure my next set is going to be the correct size and radials. I want Metzler ME 888's but the radial version is hard to find, so when buying time comes I'll go with the Bridgestone Exedra's if 888 radials aren't available.

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I am going to give the Avons a try or maybe the Metz, going to wait till early spring to buy mine though.

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I only ran the Bridgestones on my Wing after the stock Dunflops wore out. The Bridgestones are a great tire, IMO. Never liked the way the Dunflops felt or looked after getting some miles on different on the Victory. For me, the Bridgestone wear range was the same as arkiebiker from 8500 to 11000 miles, depending on how I rode. Never had an issue with them. Well.....I did have one issue but, that was my fault. Overloaded the bike w/ passenger, hitch rack and gear for a long ride to Kansas. Had to replace the back tire due to wear when I got to my destination....unknowingly ran it underinflated. Replaced tire at destination and rode back to GA...with a properly inflated tire. No issues. Looking back, if that Bridgestone held up to what I put it through on that trip, it's good enough for me. My next set of tires will be Bridgestones.
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I switched to Avon Cobras (on the third rear now, second front) after going through the stock Dunlops. I like them, and think they're a good compromise between handling and wear (and the load rating is up there). So I'm not looking to change from them.

I also ran Avon Venoms on my Valkyrie, FWIW. And settled on some Avon model on my R850R BMW (and on that bike, I also tried Michelin and Metzler).
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