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I have the factory Dunlop tires on the bike now. They seem to not have a lot of grip. What do you all suggest on tires?
 

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There's such a variety available that you really need to let people know what your tire size is. If they are the 18" you're going to be disappointed with the selection.
 

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Cross bikes use the same size and load rated tires as a 2009 or newer GL1800 (Goldwing). Many websites still don't show much for Cross bikes but most show tires for GL1800s. Try Wingstuff or Rocky Mountain ATV.

I order through Rocky Mountain ATV and have used Dunlops (1 set), Bridgestones (2 sets), and just got my 2nd set of Avon Cobras last Friday. They all last about the same amount of miles and all the non Dunlaps handle better then the Dunlaps.
 

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2014 XC so your front is 130/70R-18, rear is 180/60R-16.
 

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avon cobras are a much better grip tire then the stock dunlops, you will not get the long life, but it will be safer.
 

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avon cobras are a much better grip tire then the stock dunlops, you will not get the long life, but it will be safer.
Might get longer life with the new high mileage guaranteed for 15k Avon Cobra's. Just have to make sure it's a radial if you run a radial in the front. If not then both tires need to be changed to bias.

We can run a radial in the back and not in the front but not the other way around. It throws the handling way off. At least that's what the so-called experts are saying in the magazines.
 

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Just have to make sure it's a radial if you run a radial in the front. If not then both tires need to be changed to bias.

We can run a radial in the back and not in the front but not the other way around. It throws the handling way off. At least that's what the so-called experts are saying in the magazines.
Seriously ?? So how people know what they bought is correct, or what is the difference between radial & bias ?? I hope i did not screw up, as i just bought 2 front / 2 rear ..... I will check on the internet for this radial / bias stuff ....
 

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Seriously ?? So how people know what they bought is correct, or what is the difference between radial & bias ?? I hope i did not screw up, as i just bought 2 front / 2 rear ..... I will check on the internet for this radial / bias stuff ....
A radial will have an 'R' in the size like 250/55R-18. A bias may or may not have the 'B' in the place of the 'R'. In other words if it doesn't have an R or a B; it's a bias ply tire.
 

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A radial will have an 'R' in the size like 250/55R-18. A bias may or may not have the 'B' in the place of the 'R'. In other words if it doesn't have an R or a B; it's a bias ply tire.
Thanks mate, good info, see this video,

https://youtu.be/2Z0pkqq9dbs

Guess i was just lucky to buy the right ones .... Pfffff
That's why this forum is so important, to figure stuff like this out.
 

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Tire Pressure for the METZ; copied from GOOGLE

ME880 (MH, MT, MU tires) Solo 2 Up Light 2 Up Heavy Front 36 40 40 Rear 38 40 40
ME880 Solo 2 Up Light 2 Up Heavy Front 38-40 40-42 40-42 Rear 44-46 46-48 48-50

For bikes with the following rear tire sizes:
170/80-15, 180/70-15, 150/80-16, 160/80-16, 180/60R16, 180/70R16, 200/60R16, 240/50R16, 140/80-17, 160/70-17 D spec, 170/60R17, 210/50R17, 150/70-18, 180/55ZR18, 200/50R18, 210/40R18, 260/40R18, 280/35R18, 300/35R18, 260/35R21.

ME880 (tires as listed above) Solo 2 Up Light 2 Up Heavy Rear 40 42 42 Sport, Sport Touring (radial & bias) Front Solo 2 Up Light 2 Up Heavy 80/90-3.25 32-34 32-34 34-36
100/80-3.50 32-34 34-35 35-36
110/70-120/90 34-36 36-38 38-40
130/60-150/80 34-36 36-38 40-42
Rear Solo 2 Up Light 2 Up Heavy
4.00-100/90 34-36 36-38 38-40
4.25-110/90 34-36 36-38 38-40
120/80-130/90 36-38 38-40 40-42
140/70-200/50 36-38 38-40 40-42
140/90-150/90 38-40 40-42 40-42


SOOOO i would imagine if you run FRONT & BACK both 40 or 42 PSI that you have not so much tire wear
 

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thanks that was a very informative video. I hate the dunlops that I have on there now. They have no grip when I go into a sharp curve. I'm leaning toward the avon cobras. I had those on my 2012 Stryker.
 

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I run 41f and 43r on the Vegas,
A few lbs extra is good:)
 

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hell it says 50 as max on the rear..... so that's pretty high
 

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41 and 41 have done that for decades and get a lot of life out of a set of tires. I like the Dunlop E3 and will be buying them again.
 

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How about 40 front & 45 rear, as the maximum given is 50 .....
 

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Not another tyre pressure thread!
LOL!
Personal preference.
The 50 MAX is there to stop idiots putting 80 psi in....
My Vegas reccomended 39f 41r
I like and extra 2-3lb, remember the more air you have the longer it takes for the tyre to reach operating temp.
Horses for Courses.
 
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