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Question Alternate Rear Tire Size

Been doing some searching around and not seen anything about a rear tire alternate size. No not interested in going darkside. So on the Venture I had good luck/experience with Michelin Commander 2's. I like the tread patter as opposed to the Dunlap E 3. I like that the tread has cross over to shed water in center. Michelin does not make an "exact" replacement size. The make a 180/65-16 bias in the Commander 2.
My question is has anyone went with the 65 series vs the 60? Do you see any fitment issues? I used a tire comparison calculator and it comes up that the width is equal--the sidewall height is 9mm taller on the 65 series (a tick under 3/8") Overall height is 18mm taller. Spedo difference alternate tire would show 60 mph and actual speed would be aprox 61.74.
I really dont see a jump out at me reason a tire of this size should not work. I mean if guys a cramming a CT in there, it figures there is some room to mess with.

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No problems here with fitment of the 180/65/16 Commander II when I had them. Since my speedo is 2mph slow on the stock size the Commander II actually corrected it to dead on.
All that said, I got about 10K out of the set, once they wore they went to shit. The tires caused a serious high speed corning wobble and wet traction turned terrible. At the end it was dangerous to ride.
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I would look at the Dunlop Elite 4 looks like it would be a good all around tire

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No problems here with fitment of the 180/65/16 Commander II when I had them. Since my speedo is 2mph slow on the stock size the Commander II actually corrected it to dead on.
All that said, I got about 10K out of the set,
I thought those were supposed to be high mileage tires
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I got over 17500 on mine on my RSV and they are about the same weight, maybe a bit heavier.

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I thought those were supposed to be high mileage tires
To be fair I only got 8k out of my Avon, I have a feeling the fast wear might be due to me using Ride-On. But still the Commander II's were awful when they wore out.

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To be fair I only got 8k out of my Avon, I have a feeling the fast wear might be due to me using Ride-On. But still the Commander II's were awful when they wore out.
WOW Of the different tires I have had on the bikes since 2007 I think the MC2 was the best. M E-3 got the "choppy corner" thing going on and they made such a loud noise in long sweeping corners. I then went to the MC2 and they felt great all the way through the life. This being on a Venture. Had some Route 66 Pierelli on my 900 Vulcan they were decent, the D404 from factory on that bike I dont think were all that great.My XCT has 25k on it now I highly doublt the E-3 on it are factory. Just sort of looking forward as to what options I can use. Maybe a Continental? I have run Shinkos before and they have been decent, but I have not run the radial ones. I read review on the SE 890 and its kind of a mixed bag depending on where your reading. You read maybe 4 "good tire for price" then run across one that it delaminated.

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To be fair I only got 8k out of my Avon, I have a feeling the fast wear might be due to me using Ride-On. But still the Commander II's were awful when they wore out.
Well, I only got about 6k on the two rear Avon's. I must ride aggressively
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I know I ride aggressively... I got 10k miles out of my stock Dunlop. I will see how many out of the Avon Cobra.
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Had a Pirelli Night Dragon on my XCT before Americade, picked up a nail with it, and came home with a Dunlop E4. I am very impressed with it, considering I disliked the E3.



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