Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: NW Houston 'burbs
1 Vote for Metzeler
I went with the Metzeler ME880's. I've read good and bad about both, but not as much bad as the OEM Dunlops. My local M/C shop mechanic could get me either but he said he's had less complaints about the Metz's. And no matter what you do; I'd get both from the same manufacturer and both the same model. Of course, get the proper front and rear tire. Metzeler also recommends a 200 mile break-in period with speeds not exceeding 60mph and they also recommend higher inflation pressures than what's in the Kawi manuals. I wouldn't doubt that the differences in tire construction (carcass, tread and compound) between manufacturers may show up as unfavorable handling characteristics with different manufacturer's tires front and rear especially considering such a wide tire in the rear with a relatively skinny tire up front. And it is quite common to have slight differences in actual physical tire size and the specified or marked size. You'll see that in automotive tires also. I've had the ME880's on for 3 weeks now and the bike handles much better. Gone is the buzz in the handlebars and squirmy front end, feels more positive. Of course this is all subjective, but the Dunlops would track cracks and grooves so much so that it would surprise me. The Metzís don't seem to be as prone to follow or track grooves or grates on bridges. Good luck.
'11 1700 Nomad Candy Neptune Blue/Metallic Phantom Silver
Bikes I've owned over the years:
2008 Vulcan 900 Custom
1980 Yamaha XS750 Special
1978 Honda CB400
1975 Honda SL125
Memories of what never was become the good old days....