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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-16-2013, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Tire suggestions?

Ok. Gotta put new tires on my 02 1500 nomad fi. I'm currently runnin Dunlop D 404 150/80-16 71H. Has been a great set and wouldn't mind goin with this set again, but...
I'm lookin for a heavier rated tire like maybe a 77H? Why? Well lets just say me and the Mrs are plus sized people. Don't get me wrong, the 71H has hauled us both around just fine, I'm just thinkin bout what if we need to seriously pack the bike down for a long road trip... Found some Pirelli night dragons but they are spec'd for a Harley. Anybody tell me why they wouldn't work by chance? Or, got any other recommendations? I welcome your advice, thanks.
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I have been happy with the Michelin Commander II's which has a 77H rating. They handle nice and don't seem to be showing any wear. I've had them since December 2012and have put about 3K on them.

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Almost identical to the 404 you are running now is the 402. Its made for heavier bikes, actually Harleys, they have Harley on the sidewall. I used them for several years and got twice the mileage as the 404. They dont come in metric sizes, but the MU85-16 is the size you'll probably need. If I remeber right, its sized between a 140-90-16 and the 150-80-16 so its slightly taller than what you have now.

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Thanks guys. I appreciate the advice. Vulcan Ray I didnt see any of the commander II in the front tire size I needed (same 150/80-16). Maybe I just need to look harder... What are you running on your front? Rick, is the only issue with Harley spec'd tires is they don't come in the metric sizes? How did the 402's handle through curves and turns?
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The way they display the sizing is the only real difference. I was wrong about the size comparisome, it is between a 140-9016 and a 130-90 16. A couple sites say it is interchangable with the 140. I was getting them through JPCycles, and they have a larger bead area, also called a safety bead were the bead extends past the wheel. Was told it helps keep the tire on the rim incase of a flat while riding. I was able to were out a set of peg feelers from draging my pegs while I was using them. I was getting around 17,000 on a rear and 35,000 0n the front on my 800 most always 2up.

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If your still looking for tires I have 2001 nomad and just installed Metzler 880's front and rear. So far I love them compared to my previous bridgestones. Very smooth and great cornering.


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I have a couple of buddies that have ran the Shinko 234 Tour Master on their H-D's and have good luck with them. They are wearing well..
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I'm vary happy with my MCII's , they replaced a set of 402's with only 3500mi and there was an immediate and major improvement in handling. Got 4700mi on them and little noticeable wear. I would maybe try some Avons if I went with some thing different but never the 402's again. This is on a Harley Softail .

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ride a Vulcan 2000 and after long consideration decided to try the MM commander two, Had to go down a size as they do not make the 205 yet. Will not go back to any other tire. Handling improved 100%, tire wear is zero, scraping running boards anytime with no problem. No road noise from tire.....will be great also when they make the 205 but happy with the 190.

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I am happy with the MCII's I put on. Had to go with a 130/90 on the front.I can now take my hands off the handlebars without the wobble.(Not advised thoughLOL!) Much smoother ride then the stock Bridgestones. Have not put many miles on the Michelins to let you know anything about wear.
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