Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Elko, NV
Year/Make/Model: 2017/Kawasaki/Vulcan Voyager
My two cents: Simply go with the best tire for YOUR riding style and common weather. I've ridden various Dunlops, Metzlers, Bridgestone, and Michelin. All good for what I wanted out of them. My current Voyager is a 2017 that has the stock Bridgestone excedras. Just rode at highway speeds through cold rain with loop-de-doop curves along the South Colorado river and then along the twists and variable corners of the road south of Hoover Dam and had confidence and stability like I'm not used to on a heavy cruiser. My last heavy bikes, I switched to Metzlers because I was ridding a lot at two up and wanted some back tire longevity. They did their job in that department, but on single rides, felt hard and less sticky on corners and not great in rain. My mid size cruiser (900) did well on stock Dunlop in all conditions, but squared off the rear after a few k of two up riding.
I was not disappointed in any of these tires because they did as advertised. Go with the harder tires if your not pushing it in curves or ride two up a lot. you'll be changing them less often. Go sticky if you know you can't help but ride like you stole it. Go weather tire if you ride in rain alot. You won't be disappointed if you go that route. Tires are getting better all the time as the harder high mileage tire are better in rain and cornering than previous models (except my friend,a Michelin rider, seem to think they missed the mark a little with newest Commander), but for what he does, I think he simply chose the wrong style.
Ride Safe. Enjoy!