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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-21-2014, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Well now that I have my XCT, I am wondering what would be a good set of tires for it. The stock tires seem to be handling well but have the rest of you found some better handling, good mileage tires that you might be able to suggest?
Not looking to change the tire size just wondering what choices that I have on replacing the stock tires when I do wear them originals out.
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Stay away from Bridgestone's, the ones made for Honda Gold Wing that fits CC also. They only gave me 8K on rear and 12K on the front. Took a trip to Alaska from Ohio and had to put a rear tire on in Seattle. If I would of had Dunlops E3's on instead of Stones put on I would of made it home with out a tire change. I also had a compressor with me on the trip and checked the pressure regularly.
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My CCT has 14,500 miles on it and my oem Dunlap E3's look good for another several thousand miles. Dunlap now makes a new model E3 designated E3 MT which stands for Multi Tread. The center has a hard compound for long wear and the sides are softer for better grip.

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Mikey; when we get together for a ride we should switch bikes for a little bit so you can get a feel of the car tire I have. It's just too bad they don't make that particular tire any longer.
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Yep, My next tire will be AVON.

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My XCT had 14K miles on the original rubber E3's. I'm going to try the Commander II's in a couple of months. The Dunlops and cupping pretty bad now and I've always had the tires at 42/40. I got good life out of them but figured I'd try the Commander II's since I've heard the claims of double the mileage.

Also the Commander II's rear tire is a 180/65/16 instead of 180/60/16, slightly taller. It's a tight fit but fit it does. This should put my speedo right on the money as when my E3's were new 75mph was 73mph on my GPS. They are a bias instead of Radial but I've heard nothing but good things on their ride quality.

I'm hoping to hear from some more Michelin Commander II's XCT riders out there.

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Dunlops run small, all you need is a good tire brand and your speedo will be closer, my avon was like 1" or better taller then my bumflop and its the same size.

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I've only had 2 issues with stock Dunlops. Both were in mud in my driveway when I failed to pay attention. I still prefer a ct on the rear though. Currently running a Dunlop Winter Sport Radial MT run on flat in 195-55. It is a little wide for a CT.
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Can anyone give me a good assessment on the Avon cobra V72 in 180/60/16 radial as far as mileage is concern? I know Dunlop's run small so the Avon might be a good alternative unless 10K miles is all I can expect.

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