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Old 11-03-2012, 03:55 PM   #11
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Are you sure the tire gauge is accurate?

Some of them are off quite a bit, and can change. Two weeks ago I threw away (broke in half first, for good measure) a pencil-style gauge that had gone off by about 5 PSI.
(: ...Ok, I have 3 gages. My usual gage reads 2 lb higher than one of my extra gages and 4lbs higher than the other.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:28 PM   #12
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I dont think 2lbs psi will make a big difference, but try going by the middle gage. Unlikely, but may also want to make sure your spokes are properly tightened, if you have spoked wheel.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:03 PM   #13
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This may be inappropriate but I'm not proper - are you a heavy guy? If so you may want to up the pressure a little more. I doubt that's the problem though. I only rode on the stock tires for maybe 100 miles and they were damn near worn out but I could still tell they were crap. I put a set of Pirelli Rt. 66's on and the bike handles like a dream.
I switched from Metzelers to 66's this season and I'm real pleased with the performance especially cornering and on wet roads. I rarely scraped my floorboards with the Metzelers but it happens a lot with the Pirellis.
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:32 AM   #14
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I just bought Pirelli Night Dragons for my 900 Custom. So far so good, but I haven't put a ton of miles on them yet due to the season. I replaced the stock Dunlop's at 8200mi, which is pretty good for those tires from what I've heard. The front tire could have stayed on, but i wanted to replace them simultaneously. The only thing I noticed about the old Dunlop's is they were more prone to slide under heavy braking. Pretty scary at times when you're trying to stop in a hurry!


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Old 11-05-2012, 08:54 AM   #15
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Not sure what the shocks are on the 9s, but if your shocks are not set the same on both sides you will have issues with the rear end as well. I never liked Dunlops. I only ride Metzler 880s. Opinions vary. Good luck.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:41 AM   #16
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My stock Dunlop became more slippery as it wore. Replaced it with Metzeler ME880 and much better.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:34 AM   #17
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Not sure what the shocks are on the 9s, but if your shocks are not set the same on both sides you will have issues with the rear end as well. I never liked Dunlops. I only ride Metzler 880s. Opinions vary. Good luck.
The 900 Custom that the OP has uses a single rear shock. I suspect it may be that the stock tire is just crap.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:41 AM   #18
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Not sure what the shocks are on the 9s, but if your shocks are not set the same on both sides you will have issues with the rear end as well. I never liked Dunlops. I only ride Metzler 880s. Opinions vary. Good luck.
Thanks! I'll check them out. Reducing the air pressure did help somewhat.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:17 AM   #19
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I'm surprised "The stock Dunlops are crap!" took so long to show up. That's what I though it was all along. I didn't care for them and replaced them at 5500 miles with ME880s. The bike rides and handles much better now. Also popular are the Pirelli Night Dragons and MT66s and the Avon Venoms. There are other options, too, but those seem to get the most traction (see what I did there?) from riders here.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:45 AM   #20
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I think it's the OEM tires!
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