tires again


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Skeldog
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tires again

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I know it's likely a lot like beating a dead horse bringing up tires again. and from what I searched there are folks running several versions of tire size. My bike is a 1982 Gl1100 Interstate and when I got it -it had dunlops on both ends. my rear is a Dunlop 491 Elite II and I do not want to go to anything any smaller or less diameter. that may be about as large as will clear. anyway here I go again asking what is the best tire for the money-not neccessarily handling performance - but long mileage for the money.and where the most reasonable place to order from. I'd asked last year about the chances of going dark side and found the bike just doesn't have the clearance so I'm looking for the best bang for the buck. any good advice is apreciated.


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and looks like I didn't mention the size on it is MU90R16
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as I study tire information more I read that it is OK to run a radial in the back with a bias ply on the front but not adviseable to do the opposite. and most tires I'm finding in the rear size in the adds I've seen have been bias ply. also with enough light and careful looking behind the left muffler there is a sticker on the swing arm that does say the factory reccomended size is 140/90 16
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Check out Shinko tires. Have these on my '85 Limited Edition, work well and inexpensive comparatively.
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Thanks- I called a local dealer and he will order me a dunlop 404 and sell it to me for 101.99 I doubt it would wear as long as the dunlop 491 elite II but that tire has been discontinued and unless I can find a link to a comparrison of mileage between the various tires in that range I'll likely go with that. I'd gladly pay 40-50 bucks more for one if I knew it would seriously outlast the 404 but since I'm not likely to put very many thousand miles on the bike this summer and I have a good front tire I probably won't go higher than that. if I get it worn down likely it will be time to replace both as a pair next time
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I’m running Michelin com2 140/90/b16 on the rear and Kenda Kruz 120/90/18 on the front. Works well for me. Purchased at Fortnine online.
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Commander II here on the rear as well....got over 16,000 miles out of the last one. I had a Commander II on the front as well but the closest size was 130/70 18. It fit just fine but threw the speedo off. I got over 16,000 miles out of that one as well. I replaced it with a Bridgestone Battlax BT-45 rear tire...120/90 18. It put the speedo back to right on. I've ridden in some heavy rain and had no problems. There's over 11,000 miles on it now and it still looks almost new. The thing that most impresses me is that it's wearing nice and evenly. The commander II wore out in the center. BTW, I mounted the BT-45 in the normal rotation, not reversed as some of the Darksiders do.


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