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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-23-2016, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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what tires are you running?

so i'm going to be replacing my tires, probably when i get to fallon nv, and was wondering what you guys were using for tires on your 900's. i put shinko 230's on my kz, and they did pretty fabulous in the wet last friday night on my way home from work(least fun ride ever!). so i'm seriously considering them for my vn900. they are one of the top recommended tires on the gs resources forums.

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-23-2016, 01:49 AM
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I can't recommend anything, but I can say to avoid the metzler 880s. I replaced the stock Dunlops with them and I much preferred the Dunlops.

I should say that the metzlers did take me on a 3700 mile journey from Florida to washington state safely; riding from everything ranging from sandy, gravel, wet and icy conditions. But there is something with the overall feel of them. The bike just doesn't feel as stable in turns and are easier to lock up with hard braking.
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I went with the Michelin Commander 2 170/80 on the rear, taller than the stock Dunlop 180 tire and almost as wide. The taller tire corrected the speedo issue. I will get twice the milage that I got out of the Dunlop. Stock dunlop was bald at 6k miles, have 9k miles on the Michelin and still lots of tread left. Happy with the handling, i am a fair weather rider so I can't comment about how well it works in wet conditions.

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post #5 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-23-2016, 11:18 PM
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I went with Wild Bill recommendation Michelin C II 170/80 on rear 80/90/21 on the front. Shinkos were crap on my Custom, didn't get 6k miles out of them according to mileage when PO put them on. the 170/80 handles better than the 180/70 I replaced.
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I run the stock Dunlop 404's, but in the 170/80/15 rear 10-12k miles
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Put shinkos on my 9,Handled great,no complaints,put 2k and no wear,sold it ,guy said ohh new tires,I said pretty new,still has them on it
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Have the original Dunlops on it.

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I'm running Dunlop Cruisermax. Chose them because I wanted WW, but ride and handling are great.

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I'm running Dunlop Cruisermax. Chose them because I wanted WW, but ride and handling are great.

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