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Tires

Post by Paul H » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:06 pm

I will be needing tires before next year. Does anybody have a good recommendation on a good brand?

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Re: Tires

Post by ViragoJoe » Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:31 am

Paul H wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:06 pm
I will be needing tires before next year. Does anybody have a good recommendation on a good brand?
Oh Paul,
That question can really open up a can of worms. There are a lot of good tire manufactures out there. Similar to debates regarding brands of oil to use. Everyone has their favorite.

It all depends on what a rider is looking for. Some tires with the same brand name have a softer compound to grip the road, however, don't last long. Others for longevity. I'm the longevity guy. I had Dunlop Elite II's that gave me 20,000 miles on one set of tires with some tread left on them. They don't make them any more. So, I went with Dunlop Elite 3's. Tread pattern changed. However, to me they seem to grip better and don't have a center tread that use to find every crack in the road and want to follow it. The 3's don't do that. The 3's are suppose to have dual compounds in the tire. Center of tire has harder material for wear. Yet, to the sides a softer compound to grip the road better for turning.

One has to do ones research when it comes to tires. Also, on my 1100, I get one side tire bigger on the rear that provides a wider faced tire. So, my rear tire is wider then the standard recommend tire by Yamaha. Also, cuts the motor rev's down a bit, due to being a bigger tire. Tight squeeze, however, it does fit.

Hope, this is helpful.
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Re: Tires

Post by ViragoJoe » Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:02 am

Paul,
A little more information regarding tires:
viewtopic.php?f=55&t=943&p=3176&hilit=tyres#p3176
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Re: Tires

Post by Paul H » Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:07 am

Thanks for the information

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Re: Tires

Post by geezyrider » Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:17 am

Not my opinion, just stating a fact. I rode from Olympia WA on Hwy 101 to Port Townsend in heavy rain. A very curvy road. I didn't race but I didn't dawdle. And the D404 Dunlops I had on my bike performed perfectly!
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Re: Tires

Post by ViragoJoe » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:00 am

geezyrider wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:17 am
Not my opinion, just stating a fact. I rode from Olympia WA on Hwy 101 to Port Townsend in heavy rain. A very curvy road. I didn't race but I didn't dawdle. And the D404 Dunlops I had on my bike performed perfectly!
Hal,
What kind of mileage did you get out of them?

I've heard 8,000 to 11,000 miles for Dunlop D404's. They have the exact same tread pattern of the Dunlop Elite II's. I didn't like the tread right in the center of the tire! Wants to follow all the road cracks. Since they lasted 20,000 miles, I followed a lot of road cracks. :lol: :roll: LOL
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Re: Tires

Post by geezyrider » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:12 am

As I remember a little over 9K. And I keep pretty good check on tire inflation.
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Re: Tires

Post by ViragoJoe » Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:33 am

geezyrider wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:12 am
As I remember a little over 9K. And I keep pretty good check on tire inflation.
D404's have a softer compound makeup. They will provide good traction rain or shine. However, don't provide the longevity that Dunlop Elite II's or Elite 3's.
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