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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-10-2017, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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2006 Nomad tire ?

My 06 Nomad came stock with Bridgestone 150/80-16 front and a 170/70-16 rear. Would like to put a set of Bias Avon Cobras on but they do not have the exact size for the rear. Does anybody know if the 180/65-16 will fit on my exact bike? I've also heard good things about the Michelin Commander II's but the front only comes in a 130/90b-16 along with the 180/65b-16 rear. Anxious to hear what other Vulcan Riders use on their Nomads any info would be appreciated.
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Having run the Michelin Commander II's on my previous bike, I knew that is what I wanted on my Vulcan 1600 Classic. Imagine my annoyance when I found they don't offer them 170/70/16! So I did the math and decided that the 180/65/16 should work. I tried it and am pleased to report that it clears just fine.

I don't think there are enough differences between the Nomad and the Classic to matter in that regard, you should be fine. On another note, the Nomads really came with a 150 front? That seems crazy huge.
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Ahemsa,
Yeh that's the original size but I have heard of dropping down to a 130/90-16 (I think that was it).
The only thing is I usually ride 2 up, and I'm not a small guy, so I thought the bigger tire wouldn't hurt.
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The classic has a 130/90-16 from the factory. That is what I run in a Michelin Commander II and couldn't be happier, they are fantastic tires. I do prefer the front inflated to 36PSI instead of the factory 28 or so. For what it's worth my wife and I tip the scales at 420+ combined and two up is no problem.
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Cool Avon Cobra

Been runnin a 180/65B-16 rear Avon Cobra for a couple thousand miles now and do like it on my 1600 Classic...
Sticks better than the Metzeler ME888 that met with a much too early in life road hazard...
Doesn't ride as well as the Metzeler though...
Went down to 39 PSI in the Avon and softened my shocks to 10 PSI and like it much better now...


Going to the 180/65 has increased the difficulty in leaning the bike over and the overall handling is quite a bit different...
Not necessarily in a bad way, but most definitely different...


Next time around I'm going to go to radials front and rear...


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That's interesting, I noticed no decrease in responsiveness with the wider Michelin, in fact the bike feels more responsive over what I took off, which I want to say may have been Bridgestone, but I don't recall honestly. I run 36 PSI front and rear.
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Thanks everyone. I went with the 150/80-16 Avon Cobra bias on the front with the 170/70-16 Cobra Radial on the back. Should be ready to ride tonight so we'll see how they work out.
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COOL !!!
Post back your impressions after you get a few hundred miles on them...
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Ahemsa,
When I said, "difficulty in leaning the bike over and the overall handling is quite a bit different..."
I meant the "lean angle" changed, which would be an inherent issue switching to a wider tire...
Changing from the stock "Stones" to a premium tire is an AMAZING upgrade in performance, to be sure...
A 180-65 16 tire is also about a half an inch shorter in height as well...
Both factors make a difference in handling...


YMMV,


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