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post #1 of 208 (permalink) Old 03-19-2012, 06:28 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 2010 Voyager and want the Commander II rear tire. My dealer's mechanic says the 180/65x16 which is the closet available size is too wide and will not work on the bike. Has anyone installed one of these on the rear of a Voyager? Were there any conflicts? I have 5,300 miles and only have 1/32" tread in the middle of the tire left. I will be lucky to get 6,000 miles out of the stock tire. This kind of mileage is ridiculous. Has anyone tried the Dunlop K555? It is available in the 170/70x16. I prefer the Michelin but if it does not fit will consider the Dunlop. Regardless I am not going back to the Bridgestone.

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post #2 of 208 (permalink) Old 03-19-2012, 07:47 AM
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I'm pretty sure other folks have used the 180/65x16 tire size. They should chime in whne they see this thread. I'm going with the Commander II when I need a new tire. My original set still has tread at 7800 miles so I'm not ready yet.

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This is the best tire size calculator i've found. http://www.csgnetwork.com/tireinfo4calc.html
According to it the 180/65/16 is 0.4 inches wider than the 170/70/16 and every thing else is so close it should not matter. Surely we have have room for a tire that is less than one half inch wider.
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I've got a 195 rear tire on mine and there is a little room left still.


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I have a 2010 Voyager and want the Commander II rear tire. My dealer's mechanic says the 180/65x16 which is the closet available size is too wide and will not work on the bike. Has anyone installed one of these on the rear of a Voyager? Were there any conflicts? I have 5,300 miles and only have 1/32" tread in the middle of the tire left. I will be lucky to get 6,000 miles out of the stock tire. This kind of mileage is ridiculous. Has anyone tried the Dunlop K555? It is available in the 170/70x16. I prefer the Michelin but if it does not fit will consider the Dunlop. Regardless I am not going back to the Bridgestone.

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My tire dealer, (not Kawi) sold me on the Michelin's and says no problem with the 180 on my vaquero, I'm just waiting for them to be delivered.

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They're wrong - I just had a 180/65x16 mounted on my '09 Voyager. Went with Avon's. Now that I hear about the Michelin Commander, wish I had gone with them.

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Every tire has a recommended wheel width and a recommended range of wheel widths that it will fit on. Also, the swingarm, belt, etc determine how wide a tire you can fit without rubbing things.

That said, the wider a tire you put on the stock rim the rounder the profile of that tire becomes which affects the actual diameter of the mounted tire and the contact patch. if you stay in the range of rim widths recommended for the tire you can consider it safe to mount if no parts rub on the tire.

Personally I chose to go with the 160/80B16 Dunlop E3 tire. I am more concerned with performance and longevity than I am with whether my tire looks wider than yours. I got 16,000 miles out of the last Dunlop E3 I installed on my bike and could have gone more if all I do is local riding. That size tire on the 1700 actually corrects for the speedo error as well as providing a flatter profile which increases the contact patch all the way to the floorboards scraping.

Good luck with what you decide to do.

I will be watching the Commander II reports and might try that next fall when I need to replace this rear tire.

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i have been told the Commander II in 180-65 16 fits. It has a higher load rating then the factory Bridgestone and is near the same total tire diameter. Also the Commander II is stated as having a 25000 mile life. Win Win Win for us with the VV. This will be my next tire when my Bridgestones wear out.
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i have been told the Commander II in 180-65 16 fits. It has a higher load rating then the factory Bridgestone and is near the same total tire diameter. Also the Commander II is stated as having a 25000 mile life. Win Win Win for us with the VV. This will be my next tire when my Bridgestones wear out.
These are what I'm going to after my stock tires are done.

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I put a Dunlop American Elite 180 65 16 on the rear of my 2011 Voyager last year in Sturgis. Now after 13000 miles the tire still looks new. This duel compound tire is awesome. It handles better, rides better and looks better with the extra size. It should go 20K. I run 41 psi.
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