Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: East Fishkill, NY about 60 miles north of NYC
Year/Make/Model: 2007 Nomad
I think you have to re-read the reviews, People say things like this tire is great, or after some time/miles these tires sucked in the rain. Often they leave out what bike they are riding and how they are riding it and where. Every time I need tires I look at reviews and only count the views of the people who live in a area like mine and ride the same bike has me. If you live in a area where it does not rain that much and you happen to be on a road and it starts raining the oil on the road will come to the top and make that road slippery, just like in the fall when leaves get wet. For me it was dealing with tar snakes, I wanted a tire that would not follow them or un-even creaks in the road. I care about handling, smooth riding, braking and wet grip more then lasting the longest. I have a 1600 Nomad now and have had a 900 Lt. On the 900 the Dunlap's lasted but I did not like the cracking of the side walls. I then went with Pirelli and they handled better all around a good tire. After them I went with MCII's front and back and I feel they where about the same has the Pirelli's. I remember thinking I hope they last longer because they cost more then the Pirelli's. I did not find out I sold the bike about 6000 miles after installing them. For xmas I got my son a set of MCII's for his Vulcan 500. His Dunlaps have sidewall cracking and he got them last year. I find that people I ride with who have the MCII's on lighter bikes, Vulcan 900, 500, HD Dyna, are happy even after 5-6000 miles of riding on them, and none of them have said bad things about wet road riding. One friend who has a 97 Dyna wide glide, just installed the 888's after his dealer (who is local and well liked) recommended them. I will never ride on Metzlers after the hole thing they had going on in the past. On my 07 1600 Nomad, I installed a Avon in the front at the end of last year because people said it was the best for dealing with tar snakes. Which BTW is true. I was going to go for a MCII for the rear but ended up getting a Avon. I got the Avons for a great price, the MCII's never go on sale but Metzler is running a $50 rebate now. I think if you go with 888's or MCII's they will most likely be the same, all around good tires, the thing I do not like about them is both are being pushed has longer lasting. Long lasting is not the 1st thing I look for in tires for my bike. If I happen to get more miles out of a tire that handles great, dry, wet, is smooth riding and brakes well then that is just a added plus.........BTW, the best reviews of any tire (that I have read) are for the Shinkos. Just about everyone has been more than satisfied. Many "Best tires I've had". Maybe next time I will give them a try.
07, Nomad, Fairing, 4 speakers, AM/FM USB/GPS, Cell holder/charger, Throttle lock, 13" Handlebars/Grips, Head Light Modulator, 1 off seat w/backrest, V and H pipes, Intake K and N 9" filters, Cobra FI Processor, Side rails on bags, leather covers w/pockets on rear bag guards. Sometimes have Rear trunk on 1 off rack or bag in place of rear seat, Foot pegs, hard 1 off lowers on engine guard, Wolo horn, fork lowers. Black with some chrome.