Originally Posted by Bike...and Dennis
Personally I thought the handling on the E3s was terrible
That comment gets my vote for the Understatement of the Month. I had a set of E3's on my 1200A, and they were so gawdawful horrible that I replaced them while they still had half the tread life on them.
I've used the following:
- I'd rather be pulled over carpet tacks and dipped in alcohol than EVER use another set of E3's on a GL1200. They were so terrible that I won't even consider the new E4's until I see other people use them for years with nothing but positive reviews. Dunlop seriously screwed the pooch, in my opinion.
Michelin Commander 2
- Good tires. I got slightly under 20,000 miles from mine (I actually had them on for over 20K, but I was well past the wear limit. I'd call them done at 18K) I liked the wet performance on them - to my feel, their wet performance felt very similar to their dry performance. When I wore those out, I replaced them with...
- I bought them when Avon had a 15,000-mile warranty promotion. My first front tire had some kind of manufacturing defect, because it took 4.5 oz. of lead to balance. I contacted Revzilla (where I bought them), and within a couple of hours a representative from Avon North America contacted me directly. Without me even prompting them, they arranged for Revzilla to overnight me a new tire and arranged for me to return the defective tire at their expense. I was SUPER impressed with how Avon and Revzilla handled the issue. As for the tires themselves, they were okay. Their dry performance was fine, but their wet performance wasn't as good as the Commander. It's not that they felt bad
, so much as I couldn't really feel anything
. I knew the tires were down there, but they felt muted to me, like they weren't giving me any sort of signals at all. I just had to trust that they were there.
Time for a new set of tires. It's either going to be back to the Michelin Commander 2, or try a set of the new model of Continental Conti Tour. The Conti's have a higher rear load rating, but I'm not sure how I feel about the rear tread pattern. They advertise it as having a "solid center tread" pattern (and it does) for increased wear, but I wonder if that will cause it to behave poorly in wet weather. I know that I liked the Commanders, so it'll be down to whether I want to go with a known quantity, or try something new.
So for my money so far, it's E3 waaaay down at the bottom, Commander at the top, and Cobras only a small bit behind the Commander.