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TIRE TIME

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TIRE TIME

Post by ViragoJoe » Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:03 pm

Now it is time again to get new tires for the iron maiden.

1996 Virago 1100

Very difficult to find a source for the Dunlop 491 Elite II's RWL (Raised White Letter) which happen to wear like iron.

Have 20,000 miles on these baloneys and there is still tread left.

Can anyone suggest an alternative (good high mileage) tire with good tread life. With RWL if possible.

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Re: TIRE TIME

Post by choppin » Tue Feb 09, 2016 6:02 pm

Seen some 491' on Ebay

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Post by ViragoJoe » Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:06 am

choppin wrote:Seen some 491' on Ebay
Looked there, most are 16" front and rear or used tires. Mine takes 19" front and 15" rear. I want a matching brand set. Depending on tire brand, you can find one that fits, however, not the other. You can find a front but, not the rear, and vice versa. Still looking. Thanks just the same. By the way, what do you have on your Virago?
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Re: TIRE TIME

Post by choppin » Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:32 am

Shinko's 777. They wear great

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Re: TIRE TIME

Post by ViragoJoe » Wed Feb 10, 2016 10:49 am

choppin wrote:Shinko's 777. They wear great

I looked at Shinko's and found this review:


Wear was only good for about 7,000 miles.

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/pl ... t=avg&tt=b

Another review below. The longevity just isn't there for me when I can get 20,000 miles.
He mentions 1 season of riding. I like 6 seasons better. In both videos they mention dry cracking of the tires. Not a good thing. Mine look the same as when I bought them. Just less tread. Rich the information is still much appreciated:

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/pl ... t=avg&tt=b
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Re: TIRE TIME

Post by choppin » Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:14 am

I have about 6000 on mine and can't see hardly any wear. Expecting over 10,000 for sure. The price is right also

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Re: TIRE TIME

Post by ViragoJoe » Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:36 am

choppin wrote:I have about 6000 on mine and can't see hardly any wear. Expecting over 10,000 for sure. The price is right also
Oh yeah, I like the price for sure. Just skeptical on the wear. I don't mind spending a little more provided I get the wear out of them. I wish they still made the Dunlop 491 Elite II's. They really wear like iron. Handling is good in all weather conditions wet or dry. Just can't get them anymore. Somewhere I may just have to bite the bullet and buy something that doesn't last as long. I probably could get another season on these but, don't like to ride without a little more tread on them. Of course, I've seen others riding with bald tires and with a lot of cracking. They have never met ma Pavement. I have once. Believe me, not a good experience.
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Re: TIRE TIME

Post by choppin » Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:46 pm

Gezz. those tires are like $200 each. They better wear like iron. Shinko are less than $100.

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Re: TIRE TIME

Post by ViragoJoe » Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:26 am

choppin wrote:Gezz. those tires are like $200 each. They better wear like iron. Shinko are less than $100.
Yes sir Rich,
I hear you! They were a whole lot cheaper when I bought them 6 years or so ago. Think I got both a tad over $200.00. Now it is supply and demand. They can supply 16" in both front and rear of the Dunlop 491 elite 2's, however, the demand is one has to pay the piper for them. The problem with lower mileage tires is paying the mounting and balancing fees usually $70.00 for both tires. So, one hasn't really saved anything with a cheaper tire for you are loosing $$$ in the mounting and balancing costs unless you do it yourself and the down time changing them. As for me, I'd rather be in the saddle for around 6 years prior to making the tire change gauntlet again.

Don't get me wrong, I do like inexpensive! However, since there are only two tires meeting the ground, I do like a good quality tire. Road rash hurts like a b!t#h!
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Re: TIRE TIME

Post by choppin » Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:29 am

I hear you Joe. I have a small shop do my tire work. He charges $25 for mounting each and balancing. Not bad price. I think that age plays a factor in the condition of the tire also. I have bought some Virago's with original tires, no cracks and a lot of tread but hard as a rock. Not good.

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