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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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2004 1500 tire recommendations

Good morning! I'm intending to replace the front and rear tires on my 2004 Vulcan Nomad, and would appreciate any recommendations, including any insight with the Avon Cobras. Also, any help in navigating this website would be sincerely appreciated! Thank you!!
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i have Michelin Commander II's, some say the rubber is hard for longer life, not sure about the grip quality on them, someone else said if you want grip go with Dunlop's

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i would prefer a long lasting tire so that I don't have to change out tires, which means convenience, but for safety I prefer grip

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i would prefer a long lasting tire so that I don't have to change out tires, which means convenience, but for safety I prefer grip
Sounds like you want dual tread compound tires. Hard in the middle, soft on the sides.

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ya, dual compound , so is the Michelin Commander II a dual compound tire? just wondering

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Nope. They are made for max longevity, not max traction. You'll find dual compound in sport tires like the Pilot Power and Battlax. Tire manufacturers assume that most cruiser riders aren't going to be carving corners and dragging parts.

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I've had pretty good luck with tires. The stock Bridgestones that came on it lasted me over 13 k miles. Then I put some German Metzler 880s on it and I got just over 13k. Next, I bought another set of Metzlers, and it turned out they were made in Brazil, and I only squeezed about 9k miles out of them when I noticed a ton of cracks in the sidewalls and the center tread was almost gone. I don't know if they were old inventory or what, but is seemed rubber rot had set in. So I went back Bridgestones, and so far I have another 9k and still going. I will probably squeeze another season out of them.

I should note that I don't ride really fast, usually never over 70 or 75 MPH. I don't scrape the floorboards and I don't do drag race starts. Your mileage may vary.
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