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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-23-2011, 12:49 AM
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Daz 5000 mi.really? What kind of big bore did you put in that thing, 426 hemi? Must be throttle banging more than me. Anyway I hope the Avons work out for you.
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well, i can get a little more out of it. But i don't like riding with so little rubber in the middle because i get flats a lot easier plus the overall diameter is smaller and that affects the overall gearing in a way that i don't like. Plus my wheel bearings and all the goodies in there are in desperate need of greasing and i don't want to remove the wheel just to do that. So i'm killing 2 birds w/1 stone.
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I just plunked down the money for Avon's front and rear. The Bridgestone on the front still had tread, but I was unhappy with the tire in the first place... it acts like a brick.

The rear I am replacing is the Dunlop RoadSmart, and I got 7700 miles out of it. Depending on how the Avon works for me, I will probably be going back to the Dunlop after this.

I only got 7700 miles out of it because I apparently picked up a nail at around 2k miles and developed a slow leak, so it was hard to keep it at the proper pressure. At first it would take two weeks before I would notice that there were issues with tire pressure. Then it got down to a week... then a couple of days. When I finally took it in yesterday to replace it, I could get about half an hour down the road and it was time to pump it back up again. So it was receiving some odd wear over time due to being underinflated.

I have gone through two Metzlers on this bike, but each one of them were changed out before their time due to different reasons. The first was because I knew I was going to be going on a long trip, and the tire would not last through all of it. I changed that tire at about 6k miles. The second one I changed out right at the end of that long trip due to a massive hole in it acquired while going down the Interstate, an experience I would really not like to repeat.

After that I tried a Bridgestone, and it was garbage. Cheap tire, but you get what you pay for and in this case 5500 miles and it was done.

The Dunlop was wonderful, despite having to deal with air pressure problems from the nail.

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I'm runnin the Storm II Ultra,but in a smaller 180/55 size, on the rear right now and have alittle over 7000 miles on it with a lot more to go.The Metz only would go 6000 MAX and that was it.So the Avon Storm II Ultra is defiinitely an improvement. Dave!!!
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I recently read that Michlin has come out with a new Commander II series rear tire that they are claiming will run 25,000 miles or 40,000 kilometers and was supoposed to be available starting in September of this year.But I've haven't seen one listed yet on any of the MC tire web sites.I'll certainly give it a try "IF" it ever materializes.lol Dave!!!
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I can't imagine a 25k tire that is safe. I had tires that went about that far in the 70's because back then they used compounds like a car. I also went down innumerable times back then with the slightest provocation. (slight wetness, a few grains of sand, oily pavement etc) I ride today in a fashion that would have me eating pavement on a daily basis if i were still using those compounds. Dave, you are always citing logical reasons for your thinking, and logically it makes no sense that any manufacturer could produce a safe tire that out wears all others by 60-80%. Unless they came upon some revolutionary new compound or technique, others would have done this by now.
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On the last three machines I owned,I used Dunlop's EII tires until they discontinued that series and came out with the EIII,which I then started using.The EIII has a better tread design and runs quieter.On all three machines,I was getting 25,000 miles out of both,front and rear tires, and without any incidents or safety issues.It is not unheard of as there were also others who got that same kind of mileage out of their Dunlop E series tires.But like anything else,ya have to monitor your air pressure and inspect the tires for road hazzard defects on a regular basis,which is actually common sense when ya stop and think about it.After all,ya don't wanna make the wife a happy camper,prematurely,do ya??? lol lol

Now on the other hand,if you're one of these guys who does NOT drive their machine,[4-5,000 miles a year "IF" that]then naturally the rubber will dry rot from setting and lack of use.But if you cover the mileage that I do,you'll appreciate tires that last,not to mention the cost of the tire AND installation if ya can't do it yourself.

I was talkin with a friend yesterday afternoon and he informed me that he bought a bead breaker and some tire changing tools so he could do his own tires.And like he said to me,which I agree 100%,those tools will pay for themselves in record time and pay him dividends in the future because most shops get 100 bucks to R+R a tire.Now if you happen to be runnin these quality low mileage sh** tires,like we're using right now on our birds,changing em every 5-6,000 miles,which is totally unacceptable,then you are definitely gonna save yourself a TON of money.And I AM LOOKING foward to trying one of these Michelin Commander II's when[if],they ever hit the market. lol Dave!!!

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