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New tires

Post by SilverDave » Thu Jun 25, 2015 2:26 pm

( I am aware that starting a tire thread is only a little better than starting an oil thread )

The Tire wholesaler near me can get Michelin Commanders for my 1200 at a very good price .
( Much better than Honda, even with a GWRRA discount )

He talked me out of Metzler 880's because of issues his company has had with Brazilian made Metz's , and more or less convinced me that I should switch from Dunlops to Michelins .

I've used Dunlop E-2 /E-3 for the last 14 years , and I really liked the handling, and wear life.

I have found no reviews on Michelin Commanders on an older wing, (yet)

My questions :
a) Are Michelin Commanders as good as he is telling me ? Or is this "Snake Oil" ?

b) Has anyone seen a review of Commanders on a heavier bike like a GL1200 ?

c) How will they fare with mileage, traction, cornering, etc ?

and finally :

d) Only the Front Dunlop is worn. Is it "safe " and "legal" to replace just the front with a Commander , and leave the Dunlop bias on the rear till it wears down a bit more ?

Thanks for any input,


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Re: New tires

Post by HawkeyeGL1200 » Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:48 pm

Just curious as to the load rating on the tires he's trying to sell you. The E-3 (rear) I just took off my 1200 was a "77" rated tire... which is the highest rated tire I've ever seen (not that my surprise means much) and I installed Kenda Kruz 673 (front and rear) which seem to be wearing very well for me.

Unless they can give you a compelling reason to switch, I'd stay with what you like and have experience with. He may be getting a special promotional bonus for pushing those tires, or he may have your best interest at heart. It's hard to know what motivates people.

I did manage 17,000 miles out of that E-3, which is by far the most miles I've ever run a rear motorcycle tire... hoping to get 10K or more out of the Kenda, which seems doable based on how it's wearing...

Sorry I can't give personal experience with the others you're looking into.
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Re: New tires

Post by sportsfreaked » Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:56 pm

All I can say is that you're a brave man starting this thread :lol: . Tires are tires are tires IMO. People always have their preference as t what they like based on what they are use to. I purchased a set of tires for my 1100 and they are Shinko tires. The reviews are great and they didn't cost me an arm and leg. SO far I am very pleased with them. Some will say they are junk or they are cheap or they are great. All I can say is that for front and rear I paid like $125.00 total with free shipping.
Thanks to all who answer and help. It is greatly appreciated!

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