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View Poll Results: Who makes your favorite Vulcan 900 tires that you have fallen in love with?
Michelin 4 15.38%
Pirelli 5 19.23%
Metzelar 12 46.15%
Dunlap 0 0%
Kenda 0 0%
Avon 3 11.54%
Other 2 7.69%
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Old 12-25-2012, 05:24 AM   #1
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Merry Christmas to all. In this new year I will be getting some new tires for the 86' 900 classic. They will be the first replacements on my ride. I have researched many tires and am undecided as of yet what brand and type to go with. I know a lot of you in the Vulcan world have had many sets of tires and have favorites. I this new year, if Santa was bringing you a set of "motorcycle" (not car ) tires under the tree for your Vulcan, what would you want there when you wake up? Let us know why as well. Happy Christmas and happy riding.
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:45 AM   #2
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Merry Christmas to all. In this new year I will be getting some new tires for the 86' 900 classic. They will be the first replacements on my ride. I have researched many tires and am undecided as of yet what brand and type to go with. I know a lot of you in the Vulcan world have had many sets of tires and have favorites. I this new year, if Santa was bringing you a set of "motorcycle" (not car ) tires under the tree what would you want there when you wake up? Let us know why as well. Happy Christmas and happy riding.
Not sure they made a 900 Classic in 86. They did make the 1986 Kawasaki ZL900 cruiser, or the ZL900 Eliminator, or Tom Cats' GPZ 900R in Top Gun.


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Old 12-25-2012, 11:53 AM   #3
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Have Metzeler's on the LT, and I just picked up a new Metzeler Tourance for the rear of my VStrom.
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Hi, Been riding over 40 years.Have run almost all available brands.Own 08 900LT with over 70K miles.I bought it new mid july 08.The last set were my first michelins for this bike.Bought on Ebay $247.00 shipping included.They are Commander II 130/90-16 front,170/80-15 rear.The rear is wider than metzler or dunlop 180/70-15.IMHO there is none better.I ride long and sometimes hard.Dunlop best 6500 miles on rear.Metzler 8500.MICHELIN 13500.Handleing,ride,grip with michelin is supperior.The metzler is a great tire but harder sidewall.The dunlop is a good tire but gives up grip early in its life.Try them.Do not forget to keep your pressures up no matter what brand you run.Have fun Bill
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Good info Bill. We have mountainous curvy roads in VA and I run my moto nearly all year round, including 20-30 degree weather. Are these Michelin's up to the task as cold tires and road conditions permit? Are other brands better for grip in the cold?
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Have Metzeler's on the LT, and I just picked up a new Metzeler Tourance for the rear of my VStrom.
I will look into the Tourance tires, front and rear. Are any particular Metzler tires head and shoulders above the rest?
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Metzeler Marathon is the top for custom bikes.

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Yepp the Metzeler Marathon are my choice, too.

I might consider the Michelin next time - but expensive here in downunder.....

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