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    It's time for new tires, and I've been looking at Dunlop 404's, Pirelli MT 66's, and Kenda K673 Kruz. What do ya'll recommend?
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    Sportster Tires???

    Well I don't know Sportster's....:):):)

    Dumblick D-401 is what I have always used on all my Sportster's!

    Handle good dry or wet and the mileage is also good depending on how you ride! I get about 25 to 28 K outta the rear and about 35 K on the front.
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    • #3
      Metzler ME 880 front & rear....
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      • #4
        just ordered a new metzler me 880 rear tire for my nightster !at 8200 miles my stock dunlop is shot!!! about bald as my head!!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Crocodile56 View Post
          Well I don't know Sportster's....:):):)

          Dumblick D-401 is what I have always used on all my Sportster's!

          Handle good dry or wet and the mileage is also good depending on how you ride! I get about 25 to 28 K outta the rear and about 35 K on the front.
          Dunlops.....Harley branded....i'm on the second set, and love 'em......first set got dropped off at 11k miles...
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          • #6
            gruss with my light weight it real easy to light it up!! sometimes intentional sometimes not!!!
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            • #7
              Anyone know about Pirelli's? I know street bikers like them; i wonder if they have good cruiser tires.
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              • #8
                I've read that Me 880's are a bit slick in the rain, Less center line rain sipes,,an ya gotta run higher Air pressures.
                Been Told avion handles like a dream,,due to the profile,,corner entry Is effortless..
                Michelin HD tires are suppose to hold shape best at Hi-speed,,due to Kevlar..

                Lots of people rag on the Dunlops,,call em slick,,say they handle shitty,,
                I've never had a problem and have puposly Kicked the rear end loose.
                I think the Lops are a great tire..

                What I wanna know Is how you get 25k to 28k out of a rear Croc ?????
                I'm at 4,200 and they are like new,,but Dammit Man !!!
                I know I know I need to ease up in the corners,,,
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MOTOCROSSER View Post
                  gruss with my light weight it real easy to light it up!! sometimes intentional sometimes not!!!
                  (grin) thats the spirit.......:laughout

                  I wish I had that problem.....I'm 6'3" tall, and weigh 210 pounds, and ride an 883.......no regrets......g
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Osco* View Post

                    Lots of people rag on the Dunlops,,call em slick,,say they handle shitty,,
                    I've never had a problem and have puposly Kicked the rear end loose.
                    I think the Lops are a great tire..
                    They are a great tire, and although I cant say they are the best, I trust them with my life every time I ride. I guess that means something.....g
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                    • #11
                      I have ran Dunlops and Avon's over the years and like them both. I would say that IMHO the Dunlops are better for me personally, handle very good and have a good wear life. I would also say that tires are like oil, people have their own opinions about them. The most important part is that what ever tire you chose, its your [email protected]@ its under so you gotta be comfortable with what ever brand you chose.
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                      • #12
                        Stay away from Dunlop 404's.....

                        They have roughly 2/3rds the trad of 402's, they're made for light bikes with a low GVWR (less plies as well) and are also made in Indonesia, not the USA. I went through a rear 404 in 3500 miles. The front has more, but it's not going to see 5500 miles.

                        Dunlop 402's or Metzler ME880 or Avon Venom series tires.
                        **Note: The technical info I provide is suggestive. I am not a perfeshunel.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dave63 View Post
                          I went through a rear 404 in 3500 miles. The front has more, but it's not going to see 5500 miles.
                          I got just under 5k on the 404 i put on, it was very very worn though a should have been changed a lot sooner. I put it on because i was a little low on cash and got it really cheap, now I know why.
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