Best New Tires for a 99 Aspencade???


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Best New Tires for a 99 Aspencade???

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My rear tire got a screw in it, so I'm now in the market for new tires.

I know there are already posts about tires, but those are older. I'm looking for the latest information on what are the best tires for a 99 Aspencade. I'm not going to go darkside, so this is strictly motorcycle tires. I want something that will provide a comfortable ride but still grip the road on turns really well. I'm in California, so I don't need great rain riding. On the few occasions it does rain here, I take my car. I'm not beholden to any brand and the longevity of the tire would be secondary to me if it has better performance in comfort/grip.

Based on my initial research, the best 3 choices seem to be:
Dunlop E4
Avon Cobra
Michelin Commander III Touring

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Re: Best New Tires for a 99 Aspencade???

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For a bike tire, a Dunlop Elite 4 is hard to beat.
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I have been using Avon tires for many years with good results. I have never used a Dunlop Elite tire but have heard good things about them. I think either of those would be a good choice.
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Nuther vote for the Dunlop.... :)
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Dunlop have worked great on mine!
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I wanted the E4's but they were out of stock everywhere last year. I went with the Cobra Chrome's and have no regrets. About 15,000km on the set and the front is probably at about 25% wear, the rear about 50%. Performance has been great, wet or dry, loaded or empty. A bit squirrely on gravel, but that's more of a Goldwing issue.
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Thanks for all the suggestions.

I finally went with a set of Avalon Cobra Chromes from J&P Cycles... not only the cheapest place to get them but also the best selection tool.

You're right, they made a heck of a difference in the ride, especially the grip of the road. I feel a lot more confident going into turns now or even going over uneven terrain.

God bless,

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Re: Best New Tires for a 99 Aspencade???

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I have a one year old Dunlop E4 on my rear and need a new front tire to replace E3. E4s are back ordered and my mechanic can’t get one.

What would you recommend that is compatible? I already nixed Metzlers that he recommended based on delaminating issues I’ve read about here. He said he can get Avon or Bridgestone.

One better than the other? I usually ride 2 up on back roads and rarely get a chance to put more than 3000 miles per season. Keep in mind I’m not looking to swap out the almost brand new rear. Thanks.
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I've been using Avon tires for many years on the last few motorcycles I have owned. I just put an Avon Cobra on the front of my current GL1500. I have been getting 14-16 k miles on them and they seem to have good road adhesion and run quiet. I just got mine from J&P Cycles last week.
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I have put more than 200 K miles on Avons. Never let me down. Been through torrential rain, heat, and cold. That is why I don't mess with the rest.
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Re: Best New Tires for a 99 Aspencade???

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I too have been using Avons almost exclusively for many years. They're great tires, hold and handle well, and last a long time.


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