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I am a first time tire buyer for my streetglide.... have heard two main opinions on what tire is best...dunlop or michelin??? thoughts?
 

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Here is another opinion. Avon.
But they do tend to wear pretty fast due to softer compound.

Metzelers are spoken well of here too.
 

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Introductions are good. Search is your friend. Many threads on this. Nice to know the year without having to look . Your first post is also your first impression.
 

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First, I'd go to the intro page and introduce yourself. Then you can ask questions.

Otherwise... Dunlop Elite 3 Touring Radial or Metzler 888
 

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I am a first time tire buyer for my streetglide.... have heard two main opinions on what tire is best...dunlop or michelin??? thoughts?



Here is another opinion. Avon.
But they do tend to wear pretty fast due to softer compound.

Metzelers are spoken well of here too.
I have ME888's. As long as you keep the right tire pressure you will love them, Michelins were recommended by my indy as were the 888's which I got in MB during bike week. Dunlops tend to crack in traction area after a few thousand miles. Love the way the 888's feel on the road
 

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I put Michelins on for my last tire change and I've been very happy with them. Looks like good wear on the straights and good grip in the curves.
 

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I have a 888 out back and a commander2 up front.lol on an 09 ultra. Couple thousand miles on the 888 and love it. 100 miles on the front and thumbs up so far
 

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Replaced Dunlop's with Dunlop's I just like the way they preform on dry pavement and rain soaked roads. To old to learn new things I stick with what I know and trust.
 

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I recently put on Dunlop American Elite, front and rear and just love the response from the bike. Smooth, well balanced and there is no fight to lean the bike over when riding curvy roads.
 

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Michelin, I just put on a set of the Commander II's and really like them a lot more than the Avon's, Dunlop's, or Shinko's I've ran in the past.
 

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I've never changed from the Dunnies on any of my Harleys and last set netted me nearly 30K miles. The current ones that were the replacement for the 30K tires now have something in the neighborhood of 17K and I still have lots of rubber for the road. With that sort of record, I cannot think of any reason why I should change. BTW...never have seen the alleged cracking on Dunnies that I hear about although I won't argue that they don't on some bikes. Just to show it isn't a fluke, one of my riding buddies changed his original stock Dunlops at 31K. Both of us were riding Ultras at the time.
 

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Say what!!! WOW!!! Uh um uh speechless. I want to call bs but instead I'll just say congratulations and leave it at that.
 

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Had Dunlops and they worked really well but they were the ones that had the recall on the 09's due to cupping and they rode good in the dry and in the rain. Just installed Michelins and after about 4000 miles, have no complaints but dont have that many rain miles on them.
 

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Say what!!! WOW!!! Uh um uh speechless. I want to call bs but instead I'll just say congratulations and leave it at that.
This topic has come up more than a few times, and about a year or so ago, got BS called on this so I put pix of tires with existing tread and Odo reading. It's on the archive somewhere if you care to look it up. I understand your reluctance to accept this as fact. Most I had EVER gotten before on a rear tire was about 13K and front 27K.
Took the original tires on a cross country trip with plans on replacing somewhere around Oregon. got to Bend, OR, and changed oil, but tires were OK. Got back to Mississippi Coast about 3 weeks later after over 13K trip, and still had plenty of rubber. Go figure. Best plans still can get screwed up.
BTW, I am on 2nd set of tires on 3 year old Ultra. Bike has approx. 45K on the clock. Tires still in green on the tire depth gauge.
 

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The American Elite is a good replacement tire......................Good mileage and handles well wet or dry.
 
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