Originally Posted by Burak010
Hi everyone. I am riding 2003 Ultra Classic for 3 months and its time to change the tires now.
I was confused while trying to make a choice which was between Avon and Michelin Commander II.
After reading dozens of comments from here, I have chosen Michelin Commander II. (please let me know if you have any strong opposite opinions)
My question is; to choose 130-front 140-rear is better than stock (130-front 130-rear) or not ??
Waiting for your advices ??
Thanks in advance
if you go to the Dunlop site... and check out the D-402 spec.... do the math....there isn't a large difference between the OEM tires measuremets, and the others.
Do you want/need white walls? Some folks do... this will narrow your choice.
Avon is made in England
Dunlop is made in the US
Michelin is made in Thailand (haven't seen it stamped on my tires, but have read that here)
Metzler is made in Germany, or Brazil
MY experience... with a 2005 FLTRi... in the hot NC weather, over the "rough as corn cob" NC roads.
OEM Dunlop D-402 rear wore out @ 8.5k
Metzler M-880 rear wore out @ 8Km front wore out @ 20k
Dunlop Elite-3 rears lasted 12-14k, while the fronts lasted 20k
currently on Michelin Commander II. with just over 9k on the pair... rear looks like it's got a LOT of life yet, front looks like new.
I like the "rounded" profile of the Avons, Metzlers, and Michelins.... I find this bike really turns in well, and gobbles up the twistys. I used the Elite-3s for 3.5 years, and about 60k... great tires.. I'd buy them again.... except they have been surpassed by the C II.
I'm running 130 front, and the 140 rear... 41 PSI, and think they are the answer to my prayers.... I even had a Commander II installed on my wife's bike...