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    Thumbs down Touring Tires

    Doods, I put my bike up in the air yesterday to change the oil and to my surprised noticed my freaking rear tire is bald.

    Think I have around 7k on them.

    I am looking for a heavy duty touring tire.

    This was my last tire:

    Metzeler ME880 Marathon 130/90B16 Rear Tire

    Load Rating: 73

    Looking for something with a higher load rating and larger diameter if possible.

    http://www.jpcycles.com/product/216-005

    1996 Electra Glide Standard (weighted down).

    Suggestions?

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    Michelin Pilot Road tires are the best tires I've ever bought. I used to burn through a set in a season, but these are lasting much longer with no noticable lack of grip. I don't do track days with them, but for commuting and occasional sport riding I cannot think of a better tire.

    We ride different bikes, but a quick look at Harley-guy forums shows that they also get good reviews from them as well.

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    I've always run the Dunlop 402's, the stock tire on my 97. I get 15,000 on the rear and as much as 25000 on the front. Of course, the sides of mine wear out before the middle...LOL

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    Thanks for the input guys!

    I am going to investigate.

    Makes me sick just getting one season off a tire!

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    Where do ya'll think is the best priced place to purchase from?

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    I got same model tires Dom. They seem pretty solid and usually get a fresh set every year. I'll check mine when the snow flies haven't been tearing it up that much this year. Next trip will be to the upper peninsula with Moe and maybe a little tale about it.

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    Aight, I ordered the 402s.

    Also ordered a T-bag windshield unit.

    Thinking to get some tire spoons and a the balancer now.

    Between the wife's bike and mine paying for tire changes will add up quick.

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    Nevermind, already bought your tires
    Last edited by Steve; 06-30-2011 at 09:53 PM. Reason: Late to the party

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    Thanks again guys. I am really really hoping I get at least 10k out of the tires. I don't drive super hard, but I do haul ass!

    Was doing 95 yesterday for a few miles tailgating a state trooper on the highway. Don't think he liked it too much, but I really didn't give a shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dom View Post
    Aight, I ordered the 402s.

    Also ordered a T-bag windshield unit.

    Thinking to get some tire spoons and a the balancer now.

    Between the wife's bike and mine paying for tire changes will add up quick.
    A lot of my friends use the Harbor Freight setup and really like it.

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    Nice, I was thinking that exact one too. I'll see if they have weights when I order.

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    I ran the Metzler MEz4/2 combination on my '99 Concours while they made the tires in the size I needed. I like Metzlers as they have a softer, stickier compound for better grip. Under inflating eats them up quick though. If you really book and do it loaded, that may be why you only got one season out of them. I ran Avons when I finally got rid of "Bonnie the Connie" with 110K on the clock. (I just picked up a 2005 Concours a few days ago.) A Concours is a full up sport touring bike and can get pretty heavy with 2 up roding and baggage. Connie owners usually run around 40 psi front and rear for handling and tire life.

    I don't push it much in the curves as I just can't get out of my head the possiblity of the tires slipping out from under me. I usually get chicken strips on my tires. I did get a rude awakening when I got a Goldwing with floor boards. 10 years on a sport touring and then I grind a floor board going around the corner on a 'Wing.
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