Michelin Commander II


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Michelin Commander II

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Anyone run these? I had them on a 1700 roadstar and really liked them. I can find the right front tire size but the closest to the rear is a 180/65-16. What does the 65 mean?



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Re: Michelin Commander II

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180 is the width - 65 is the height of the tire from rim and represents 65% of the 180. - height is 117.
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Re: Michelin Commander II

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The 1800 is designed to run Radial tires.
The Commander II - while a good tire (I run them on my'83 GS850) is a Bias ply.

Some will say it will work - others say it won't . Michelin has released a statement disclaiming improper use of tires alleviating them from liability. -- Do what you want .



This bulletin from Michelin may serve to clear things up a bit, was sent to all Canadian Honda M/C dealers just this morning (probably same in the States):
September 2, 2014

Honda® Gold Wing® Motorcycles

As a reminder to Motorcycle tire Distributors, Retailers and Consumers, Michelin currently DOES NOT offer approved fitments for either the Honda GL1500 Gold Wing or the Honda GL1800 Gold Wing motorcycle.
* * * * *
NO MICHELIN MOTORCYCLE (OR PASSENGER CAR) TIRE SHOULD EVER BE MOUNTED ON A HONDA GL1500 GOLD WING OR A HONDA GL1800 GOLD WING MODEL MOTORCYCLE. DOING SO COULD CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION WHICH MAY LEAD TO ACCIDENT, INJURY OR DEATH.
* * * * *
Please refer to the 2014 Michelin Fitment Guide for all approved fitments for Michelin motorcycle tires. You can also access approved fitments and additional technical information related to MICHELIN products at http://www.motorcycle.michelinman.com. If you ever have any questions about Michelin Motorcycle Tires or require clarification on any specific fitment information, do not hesitate to contact your Michelin Account Manager.
Postings are my opinions based on experience and acquired knowledge.
Your results may vary. Universal disclaimers apply.


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Re: Michelin Commander II

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Wingsconsin wrote:The 1800 is designed to run Radial tires.
The Commander II - while a good tire (I run them on my'83 GS850) is a Bias ply.

Some will say it will work - others say it won't . Michelin has released a statement disclaiming improper use of tires alleviating them from liability. -- Do what you want .



This bulletin from Michelin may serve to clear things up a bit, was sent to all Canadian Honda M/C dealers just this morning (probably same in the States):
September 2, 2014

Honda® Gold Wing® Motorcycles

As a reminder to Motorcycle tire Distributors, Retailers and Consumers, Michelin currently DOES NOT offer approved fitments for either the Honda GL1500 Gold Wing or the Honda GL1800 Gold Wing motorcycle.
* * * * *
NO MICHELIN MOTORCYCLE (OR PASSENGER CAR) TIRE SHOULD EVER BE MOUNTED ON A HONDA GL1500 GOLD WING OR A HONDA GL1800 GOLD WING MODEL MOTORCYCLE. DOING SO COULD CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION WHICH MAY LEAD TO ACCIDENT, INJURY OR DEATH.
* * * * *
Please refer to the 2014 Michelin Fitment Guide for all approved fitments for Michelin motorcycle tires. You can also access approved fitments and additional technical information related to MICHELIN products at http://www.motorcycle.michelinman.com. If you ever have any questions about Michelin Motorcycle Tires or require clarification on any specific fitment information, do not hesitate to contact your Michelin Account Manager.
Thanks for the info, so, you use Dunlop radials?

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2002 GL1800 - Pearl Orange
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2003 GL1800 - Illusion Blue
1996 GL1500 Aspencade - Pearl Blue
1992 GL1500 Aspencade -Candy Red
1980 GL1100 - Custom Cobalt Blue
1985 GL1200 Aspencade Brown
1983 CX500 Custom Red
1982 CX500 Custom Blue
1978 CX500 Standard Black
1982 Suzuki GS650 Red
Contact:

Re: Michelin Commander II

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Currently I am running Avon Cobras on my GL1800.


Postings are my opinions based on experience and acquired knowledge.
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