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http://www.americanmototire.com/catalog/index.php?manufacturers_id=298&osCsid=f64a5674835ef030a3bac1f58ffdbc0d

DURO HF296A 110/90B-19 FRONT Price: $41.41

KENDA CHALLENGER 110/90H-19 FRONT Price: $46.98

KENDA KRUZ 110/90H-19 FRONT Price: $52.56

BRIDGESTONE S11 110/90H-19 BW FRONT Price: $55.83

CONTINENTAL TKH23 110/90B-19 FRONT Price: $65.21

PIRELLI MT66 ROUTE 110/90H-19 FRONT Price: $66.91

IRC WF920 110/90B-19 FRONT Price: $67.41

DUNLOP F24 110/90H-19 FRONT Price: $68.23

IRC RS410 110/90B-19 FRONT Price: $68.39

DUNLOP D404 110/90HB-19 FRONT Price: $73.77

BRIDGESTONE L307 110/90H19 FRT TT Price: $74.18

BRIDGESTONE G701 110/90-19 62H FRT TT Price: $74.18

MICHELIN COMMANDER 110/90HB-19 FRONT Price: $75.00

CONTINENTAL CM1 110/90B-19 FRONT Price: $87.68

AVON VENOM 110/90B-19 FRONT Price: $103.36

METZELER ME880 110/90H19 FRONT Price: $107.23

METZELER LASERTEC 110/90V-19 FRONT Price: $109.71

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http://www.americanmototire.com/catalog/index.php?manufacturers_id=221&osCsid=f64a5674835ef030a3bac1f58ffdbc0d

DURO HF918 130/90B-17 REAR Price: $49.06

DURO HF261A 130/90B-17 Price: $51.24

KENDA CHALLENGER 130/90H-17 REAR Price: $56.59

BRIDGESTONE S11 130/90H-17 BW REAR Price: $66.10

DUNLOP D404 130/90HB-17 REAR Price: $76.06

IRC RS310 130/90B-17 BLK REAR Price: $81.28

CONTINENTAL CONTI GO 130/90V-17 REAR Price: $92.17

AVON ROADRIDER 130/90B-17 REAR Price: $97.50

MICHELIN M50 MACADAM 130/90VB-17 REAR Price: $98.23

BRIDGESTONE BT45 130/90V-17 REAR Price: $99.11

PIRELLI SPORT DEMON 130/90V-17 REAR Price: $111.11

CONTINENTAL TK17 130/90B-17 REAR Price: $115.90

METZELER LASERTEC 130/90V-17 REAR Price: $124.36

MICHELIN PILOT ACTIV 130/90V-17 REAR Price: $127.24

METZELER ME88 130/90HB-17 REAR Price: $139.02


I would like to know:
1. who's the cheapest place to buy from
2. what you buy and why

Just curious! Have fun!

Oh yeah - I have D404 on now, have tried a ME88, and am going to try a S11 next. I go through about 2 rear tires a year.
 

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Had good results with americanmototire, but Dennis Kirk has $5.00 shipping on tires(orders over $100.00), and right now they're running a deal where they will beat anyone's tire price by $1.00. Dennis Kirk also has the best customer service in the universe, and a pretty, blonde model.
 

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DaveO430, the M50 or the Pilot? Why? What makes them so good? The Bridgestone is only $66 - the M50 is $98 and the Pilot is $127. Are they really 150-200% better?
 

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I just changed out tot he Metz LaserTec ...highest load capacity I could find for my ole wing. So far I like them they haul our hefty gear and after break in they seem to handle good but they are slick until you put some miles on em
 

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Aspectone, according to Metzeler:
http://www.metzelermoto.com/web/cat...xml&menu_item=/products/catalog/sport_touring
Under the entry for 130/90-17 you can get a 68H or a 68V (the V is a higher speed rating), but the 68 is the load rating of 694lbs.

The only two rear tires I found that were rated 74H (827#)were the Continental TK17 and the Metzeler ME88. I would really like to know more about the load rating. If my bike is about 650#? with fluids in, plus my wife and I (450# - don't ask!) = 1100#, how much is on the rear tire - 75%? That 825#. So will the 68H tires blow up, or what? I haven't had a problem, but I don't have a trailer either.
 

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What to buy? A matched set mostly.

Bridgestone Spitfires can be matched in your size but they're a sport touring tire. Dual compounds and all that. Not really designed for a big load. Excellent otherwise.

Dunlops just don't work for me and reported mileage on the 404 series is very, very poor.

I had one set of ME88 Metzlers. They handled poorly when new and caused serious handling problems after they wore in.

So, I guess I would try the Contental TK series. I've heard good things about them. And the price is right.

The off brands, I assume are "off" brands for a reason.
 

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I don't usually log the miles I get on tires, I might just start doing that. I suck at taking the time to write stuff down. Like oil changes - I just guess and go with "close enough". I think this time I'll try the Bridgestone, but then maybe next I'll try the Continental, we'll see.
It sure seems like the 404s I have on didn't last long, though.. I had an ME88 on the rear once and wasn't impressed enough to pay double either, they wore right out just the same as the others.
But Dennis, you have almost 250k miles on your 1200? Nice! You buy the spitfires usually?
 

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I just bought my 1992 Aspencade and it came with brand new DURO's. I have no clue as to how well the bike should handle, but I feel I could do a LOT better and have been looking at the Michelin Pilot GT's. Mileage is one way to measure cost effectiveness, safety is another.

Be safe! Buy Right! If you run hard, don't run with Flip Flops, buy some comfortable Running shoes instead. If you jog, buy Jogging shoes, if you back pack you probably need hiking boots. The same should apply to your tires.

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Yeah Brain,

The quarter mil will easily show before the end of summer.

I have been running the Spitfires but at this time the rear isn't available to fit the GL12. And I only use matched sets.

I'm not sure the Spitfires are your best bet though. They're not made to handle the weight.
 

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99% of the time I only ride by myself, commuting 110 miles/day. I think the weight will be OK. What do other people use/like? Is brand loyalty an issue? To me, if the tire is a good price, lasts as long as others, and doesn't act terrible on the road, it's OK. Does anybody use Kenda? or IRC?

Why Michelin? Are they really safer, made with better stuff, better in the rain? I want to know WHY people pick what they pick.

Running with flip-flops is a great analogy! Is all highway driving like running, or walking? I don't do hardly any twisties, to me - THAT is like running. I want to be safe, but not broke, either!

I also mount my own tire to save cash as I haven't found anyone who will do it for what I consider a reasonable price ($30+ if I buy the tire from them at inflated prices)
 

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For me, it is Michelin Pilot GT on the 1500 all the way.

If only for the feeling of security on the road.

What sold me was the much improved handling characteristics. Ignores tar snakes, and quit following grooves in the pavement. Rain grooves didn't bother my bike anymore, they just disappeared.

When leaning over far enough to drag the pegs, the GTs felt like they were glued to the pavement. Nice solid, dependable feel.
 

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AZgl1500, what other tires have you tried? to compare it to? They do sound great, though. Thanks for explaining the reasons!
 

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DaveO430, the M50 or the Pilot? Why? What makes them so good? The Bridgestone is only $66 - the M50 is $98 and the Pilot is $127. Are they really 150-200% better?
I was thinking the pilot activ rear. I have one on the front of my 1800 and so far it has lasted about 35% longer than any other tire I have used and still has about 1/2 tread in the middle, sides are about gone though but that is just my riding style. I had a set of bridgestones once and wouldn't run them if they were free. I have heard too many cases of separation with metzelers. The cheap brands are just that usually but i do like the looks of IRCs.
 

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When leaning over far enough to drag the pegs, the GTs felt like they were glued to the pavement. Nice solid, dependable feel.


x2. Im stuck a Pilot GT rear on my 1500, and the difference was phenominal. They are only offered for 1500s though. If the other Michelins are similar, I'd try them on the 11.

A lot of people seem to hate Dunlops, for some reason. but I have a 1200 with 11,000 miles on a set E3s - and they are a little noisy in the corners, but are wearing well, and feel "hooked up".
 

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OK, try the 'Stones, Brain.

They are a dual tread-compound sport-touring tire so they're designed to hang on at extreme lean angles, and I can attest to their prowess in that arena. They ride better than other tires I've had and wear well enough. Maybe their best attribute is they don't cause the "head shake" that other brands do when they get worn a bit.

But they may have the lowest weight rating of the group.
 

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I have also been sold on the GT Pilots. I went through 2 sets of E3's at 14,000 miles each set. Great wear, and handled well.

I have around 8,500 miles on the Pilots now. The handling with these tires is awesome. I find my line in a curve and she sticks right to it. The rear tire is becoming wore, I would guess I could get another 2000 out of it.The front has a lot left to it, but I'll be mounting a new set in August before my trip to NASSIR-2 in Montrose Co.

The GT Pilots are worth it to me.
 

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I'msee a lot of people like Michilin Pilot tires. That's great and I'm sure they're good tires. However--Braininmaine is riding a GL11 and the Pilots apparently aren't available to fit that bike.

 

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The first post above shows all the tires I could find, sorted by price. For a rear tire, the MICHELIN PILOT ACTIV is available for $127.24. Maybe I'll try that tire next. Does nobody else use the Continental? The TK17 is weight rated 74H, "SIX-PLY RATED LOADS FOR UP TO 990LB".

I'm really learning a lot about tires, thanks for all the discussion! Any more info would be great!
 

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Hi again Brain,

Matched sets are the way to go. And I think if you check, the "Activ" isn't a touring tire. And Michelin doesn't make a Pilot for the front, or a Commander for the rear.

I've never usedthe Continental on my 'Wing but 2 friends, bothwith Cavalcades, swear by them. The Cav is heavier, for sure, and the TKs seem to get better mileage than I'm getting from my current Pirellis.If Bridgestone doesn't get the Rear Spitfire on the market in the next month or two, I'll probablygo withthe Contis next.
 
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