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Old 11-07-2012, 06:46 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Well I now have 3500 miles on my Commander IIs, and they show very little by way of wear. Both look nearly new. By this time I would have serious wear on the rear while running Dunlops. I was getting about 5600-6500 miles per rear tire running Dunlops, and I'm pretty certain I'll have no problem getting 10000 out of the C-2s.

I realize part of it is the pavement is much cooler now. But even riding in the winter, my Dunlops were toast after 6500 miles. In the summer, I was lucky to get 5600 miles out of 'em. I ride 20K plus every year, often 30K plus, so this is a huge issue for me.

I do think the C-2s ride a little rougher in general than the Dunlops, but I have had no issues wet or dry as pertaining to traction under throttle. I should be classified as a very aggressive type rider. I live by the rule "if you ride long enough, you're gonna go down." So get on your bike, get where the heck you're going, and get off, as fast as possible. Cuts down on road time.

37 pounds in rear, 34 in front.
They have a harder sidewall then the lops...


If you dropped to 36.5 rear 32 front or so I bet you would get good wear traction and less roughness...

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Old 11-07-2012, 07:11 PM   #52 (permalink)
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They have a harder sidewall then the lops...


If you dropped to 36.5 rear 32 front or so I bet you would get good wear traction and less roughness...

Just my .04 cents
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Yeah, appreciate that, man. I probably should experiment a little with that.

My bike is so rough anyway ('93 XLH1200) that the little bit more I'm experiencing hasn't taken away from my confidence in the tires. It takes corners like it's on rails, and the breaking performance improvement actually took some getting accustomed to. I love these tires.

I like that .04 cents. Yeah, inflation is DEFINITELY impending.
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:20 PM   #53 (permalink)
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That is what I noticed anyway. I found I can run the book numbers if I want, but I keep the front up a little more anyway. I'm at 36 rear 32 front and it feels fine to me

I'm a heavier dude too..220
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:53 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Well no doubts now. I just did a tour of the Texas hill country and a rally over Veterans day that included the three sisters. I now have every confidence that I could have in the Michelin C-II that I have on my '02 RK. I got to enjoy all my throttle, clutch and brakeing capacity in some of the tightest cornering south of the northern rockies. I got a bit of wet roadway on the way back to the barn but, it was nightime, the bike was loaded, and it had not rained in a couple weeks so I took no chances where traction was concerned. So, I cannot fairly reoprt there. All and all with no appreciable wear, I'd say it is a great tire.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:54 PM   #55 (permalink)
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Just put these on my '12 FLHTK (rear OEM tire lasted 10K miles, and while the front was fine I swapped 'em both for the new Michelins.)

I have about 300 miles on them, and the biggest impression I have is how easy lean-in has become, and how easy it is to now "point-and'shoot" the bike when moving slowly and turning to avoid obstacles.

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Old 12-01-2012, 06:34 PM   #56 (permalink)
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Just turned about a thousand miles on these new tires, and still impressed with the fact that the difference in handling from the previous Dunlops that came with the bike is remarkable. I rode a very technical route in the backwoods of Marlyand and West Virginia today (many twists and turns, elevation changes, road surface mixes, etc etc etc) at a very rapid pace and felt nothing but confidence and firm footing. Additionally, I am getting feedback that I find helpful - please keep in mind that I am a novice rider who is still learning to interpret 'seat-of-the-pants' signals and so forth, so my impressions are that these tires really make a quality difference that is evident even to a noob like me.
Further, my riding buddy on his 2005 RK had the same tires with slightly more than 10K miles on them, and they are in outstanding condition with very minimal wear. He runs 38 psi front and 40 rear, so I just upped my tire pressure to emulate what he is doing in the hopes that I can get similar wear (or lack thereof) as I pile on the mileage.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:02 PM   #57 (permalink)
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I am going to run these on my 883 custom. Has anyone put the next size up on their stock rear? Does it do anything for or to the way the bile handles? I do not do anaything radical when I ride, mostly back and forth to work on interstate and secondary roads. Is it worth the larger tire or should I keep it stock?
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:02 AM   #58 (permalink)
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Over 2300 miles now, and more updates on my experience.

I ran 38 front and 40 rear for a bit, and all seemed well, until I ran in a very light rain with some standing water last week. The bike felt squirrely; by that I mean the seat of the pants sensation was not confidence inspiring, and I did feel the rear wheel break loose at times when I went over painted yellow lane lines, or various road materials. Needless to say, it was a little disturbing.

I took the advice of a post on another forum and bumped the pressure up to 42 psi in both the front and the rear, and today I was able to ride on damp roads (damp enough that I should have been able to replicate the performance which alarmed me on similar wet roads last week.) This time I had no issues at all. Handling seemed great, the bike felt well-planted, and I hauled ass all over back roads in West Virginia to my hearts content.

The ride is admittedly stiff, and probably firmer than many others would care to have, especially since I have Progressive monotubes in the front and 444s out back with heavy duty springs, but I actually prefer that.

Not sure if I have found the optimum pressure yet, but I am working on it. For the time being I am running 42 until I feel it necessary to change that up. I am really pleased with the handling of these tires, and the wear looks good to me. I hope that I can realize great mileage and that these tires prove to be the value in terms of extended life and safe performance that others have reported.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:33 AM   #59 (permalink)
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I am going to run these on my 883 custom. Has anyone put the next size up on their stock rear? Does it do anything for or to the way the bile handles? I do not do anaything radical when I ride, mostly back and forth to work on interstate and secondary roads. Is it worth the larger tire or should I keep it stock?
I did. Replaced the stock Michelin Scorchers. Commander II significantly handles better, saved my ass many times in rain and sleek. Here a very long thread about it
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Old 12-25-2012, 01:33 AM   #60 (permalink)
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My tires look fine on my 01 Deuce but there now 11 or 12 years old so I'm going to replace them before next season. I've been waiting to see how well the MCII's wear , so far across a few different forums people are happy with them but no one posting much past 12K yet. I figure I'll give em a shot since the pair will only run me 242.00.
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