Commander III tires


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Commander III tires

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Hi
Newbie here on this site. Good stuff found here. Thanx. I'm just a bit late getting here,not as young as I once was.
Any feedback about the Michelin Commander III tires? I've ran the Commander II's on a couple of other bikes just not on Ole Faithful. 93' GL1500



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Been curious myself. I haven't checked on the sizes offered or the load rating on them for that matter. I used to run Pilot GT's some people didn't like them but they were great for me unfortunately Michelin discontinued them. Been running dunflops since, E-3's and now E-4's. I have had good luck with them, but never been a big fan of dunflop. Air pressure is the most critical thing for tires on these monsters. 32 to 34 psi isn't nearly enough and you'll have cupped tires in a heart beat. I've been running 42 rear and 40 front. No cupping, great wear, and no ill effects on handling at all.

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Right now I'm running Metzler ME 880 Marathon and I'm hating em'. They seem to track the tar snakes and cup really bad,and no I don't have a soft,springy suspension. And the head stem is good. I hope I know my bike I've been in her saddle for 131,532 miles. Bought new. Well maintained by myself. Any ideas on the cupping? I haven't tried the Commander III yet and I was curious as for the feedback anyone has about this tire.
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Only thing comes to mind as far as cupping would be tire pressure. I had the issue with two different brands until a guy I know who worked for Muzzy Kawasaki told me to air'em up. Haven't had a cupping problem since. From what I can tell though the commander series of tire was designed for H-D and I guess any other v twin. They don't list a tire to fit the 1500 anymore. I'm sure the car tire people will chime in sometime soon too. I considered it for a hot second but couldn't bring myself to do it.

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It is a little foggy on commander tires I was lookin at those too. They used to be rated for goldwings then not even though I'm not sure they changed anything. Some people do run them and like them. I prefered Avon Venoms but then they quit makin those too. Now I'm running Avon Cobras and they feel the same as Venoms, very neutral, good grip, quiet, good in rain and dont chase tar snakes. My bike had E-3s when I bought it and I didn't care for them much. It sounds like E-4s are pretty good though. I thought the Pilot GTs were the favorite? Those were gone before I bought a goldwing.
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It looks like there is a set of Dunlop E-4's for the GL1500.
https://wingstuff.com/products/37491-du ... for-gl1500

There is this thread going where I've tried to keep an update on my E-4's going.
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=37290

Unless you've got stock in Michelin then I'd recommend the E-4's. I've never gotten this kind of mileage out of a motorcycle tire before and on a 900+lb bike, wow!

Sorry, I've never used the Commander III tires.
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I've looked around and the size isn't available for the tires wanted. So I'll go a different direction

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Happytrails wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 3:27 pm
It is a little foggy on commander tires I was lookin at those too. They used to be rated for goldwings then not even though I'm not sure they changed anything. Some people do run them and like them. I prefered Avon Venoms but then they quit makin those too. Now I'm running Avon Cobras and they feel the same as Venoms, very neutral, good grip, quiet, good in rain and dont chase tar snakes. My bike had E-3s when I bought it and I didn't care for them much. It sounds like E-4s are pretty good though. I thought the Pilot GTs were the favorite? Those were gone before I bought a goldwing.
I only got to run 2 sets of the pilot gt's. Like the rest they would sing a little when they were close to replacement time like the E-3 I have on the back of mine now. I'm going E-4's in the fall when I got my 92 from a friend the back was still pretty good and he put a Shinko on the front which I don't really trust due to all of the bad I've read about them.

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C-dub wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 4:03 pm
It looks like there is a set of Dunlop E-4's for the GL1500.
https://wingstuff.com/products/37491-du ... for-gl1500

There is this thread going where I've tried to keep an update on my E-4's going.
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=37290

Unless you've got stock in Michelin then I'd recommend the E-4's. I've never gotten this kind of mileage out of a motorcycle tire before and on a 900+lb bike, wow!

Sorry, I've never used the Commander III tires.
I've never been a big fan of Dunlop but I've run E-3's for a while with no problems at all just keep the pressures up. Kinda looking forward to the E-4's though, good looking tires. I don't find myself on the twisties as often as I'd like and over time my rear gets that car tire profile to it which I hate.

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Re: Commander III tires

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89 1500 wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 6:21 pm
C-dub wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 4:03 pm
It looks like there is a set of Dunlop E-4's for the GL1500.
https://wingstuff.com/products/37491-du ... for-gl1500

There is this thread going where I've tried to keep an update on my E-4's going.
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=37290

Unless you've got stock in Michelin then I'd recommend the E-4's. I've never gotten this kind of mileage out of a motorcycle tire before and on a 900+lb bike, wow!

Sorry, I've never used the Commander III tires.
I've never been a big fan of Dunlop but I've run E-3's for a while with no problems at all just keep the pressures up. Kinda looking forward to the E-4's though, good looking tires. I don't find myself on the twisties as often as I'd like and over time my rear gets that car tire profile to it which I hate.
I understand your concerns. I've also watched rear tires on my previous bikes morph into a "car" tire. If you do give the E-4s a try I think you will be pleased. After 16k miles my rear still looks like a motorcycle tire. I am amazed and very happy with their performance so far.


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