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Hello,
What a pain finding tires...
Front 120 90 18 rear 140 90 16
I was looking for the Avon venom x , Cant find the rear in my size at a reasonable price.
Started looking at Metzeler, Again Size issue .
I am not worried about the speed rating. the weight is something I need to have high .. Plus a tire with a high mileage rating..
Anyone have a suggestion, Other the Dunlop
Thank you ..
 

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a lot of people like the shinko(I believe I've got the name right) I hear there reasonably priced not sure what kind of millage you get out of them
 

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I put Avon cobra;s on my 1800 a couple months ago. The front tire is fine, I like it alot. The rear tire I had to replace already after just 8000 miles. Not happy with the wear pattern at all!

I would try the Shinko. I ran one on my 1200 and it road like a Cadilac! Bets tire ever for ride. It did wear quick (8000 Miles) but for $85, I wasn't expecting much.

I did put a Michelin commander II on the 1200 and it road a lot like the Shinko, nice smooth soft ride, good grip! I sold the bike with 4000 miles on that Commander and it still looked like new.
 

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I agree with the new Michelin Commander 2 if they have it in the sizes you need. Stay away from the ME880 Metztler. I had two of them fail with sepperation of treads and cracks from not having enough load rating and another friend had 3 of them fail in the same way, all rear tires.
 

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Best all around tire you'll find for that bike is the Bridgestone Spitfire.
Excellent handling, very sticky and wears very well to boot.
Try them. Really.
 

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Best all around tire you'll find for that bike is the Bridgestone Spitfire.
Excellent handling, very sticky and wears very well to boot.
Try them. Really.
Hopefully they have fixed the issue of the Spitfire rear getting splits and cracks at around 5K miles or less.
Too many of us had the same problem to have been user error! And I know mine was never abused in any way!

If a Spitfire lasts till worn out, it was a great tire and I liked it. Rode nice, handled well, quite. I rode some major heavy storms and no complaints.
At 5K miles when I had to trash it because of all the splits and cracks in the casing near center of tread area which was showing cords, well it still had lots of tread left and was wearing great! May have lasted 12K miles or more if I hadn't had to throw it away cause of the splits!

Great lower cost tire if it lasts. The front I never had any trouble with and maybe 10K miles on it or more before I moved up to the 1500 and parked the 1100. That rear though, watch it CLOSE if you try one.
 

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Hopefully they have fixed the issue of the Spitfire rear getting splits and cracks at around 5K miles or less.
Too many of us had the same problem to have been user error! And I know mine was never abused in any way!

If a Spitfire lasts till worn out, it was a great tire and I liked it. Rode nice, handled well, quite. I rode some major heavy storms and no complaints.
At 5K miles when I had to trash it because of all the splits and cracks in the casing near center of tread area which was showing cords, well it still had lots of tread left and was wearing great! May have lasted 12K miles or more if I hadn't had to throw it away cause of the splits!

Great lower cost tire if it lasts. The front I never had any trouble with and maybe 10K miles on it or more before I moved up to the 1500 and parked the 1100. That rear though, watch it CLOSE if you try one.

The Spifires only had problems on the re-issue 150/90-15. They started to split inside the tread at about 8,000 miles. (about half their life)
I never had a problem before the re-issue, and never heard of anyone else having splits.
I did have problems with three rear Bridgestone Exedras splitting right down the middle. I think yours split in the tread, didn't it?
 

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LOL of course I now I read this .....
I picked up the ME880 Metztler ( front and rear) after people told me it was one of the best tires around.. My bad Newday, See what happens when I don't listen to you ..hehe
Guess I will have to keep an eye out on these ..
 

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Yeah, I hated my Metzlers too. They just handled very badly and caused severe wobble issues. Never again.
 

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Really Dennis,
I only have 50 miles on mine and so far they ride nice.
I have heard two different opinions on how great they are and how bad they are ..
Time will tell at this point ..
Guess I will have to put lots and lots of miles on them this year to help wear them out faster hehe
 
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