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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-21-2019, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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I just swapped worn out, flat-in-the-middle OEM Dunlops, real nightmares for the 2500mi I have put on my V900, for Commander 2's with the taller 170/80/15 in the back.

Wow, the bike turns in with little effort, is no longer nervous tracking a corner, the whole feel is changed for the much much better. Even before a full scrub in, much better. No wonder so many of us fit them.
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New tires always feel good. Living in the great state of Texas, explains the low miles. I'm getting 10-12k miles on my dunlops up here in the northwest. I good friend of mine does a lot of his riding in eastern Washington during the summer, temps in the high 90's to low 100's. He gets 4-6k miles on his. Enjoy your ride.

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New tires always feel good. Living in the great state of Texas, explains the low miles. I'm getting 10-12k miles on my dunlops up here in the northwest. I good friend of mine does a lot of his riding in eastern Washington during the summer, temps in the high 90's to low 100's. He gets 4-6k miles on his. Enjoy your ride.
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New tires always feel good. Living in the great state of Texas, explains the low miles. I'm getting 10-12k miles on my dunlops up here in the northwest. I good friend of mine does a lot of his riding in eastern Washington during the summer, temps in the high 90's to low 100's. He gets 4-6k miles on his. Enjoy your ride.
Yeah, these Dunlops had 6K on them, but before me my V9 was an older wife's bike and all the tire wear was right down the center. I got a clean bike that had been babied its whole life, but the tires were done. I should have replaced them the minute I got the bike.
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Love the Commander 2s, I had the same experience when I bought my bike.

Gone are the days we stop to decide where we should go, we just ride.
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Also love my Commander 2s. I ride in Texas as well, but I'm having no issues with going the distance. Put over 2K miles on then already, and barely notice any wear. I ALWAYS check the tire pressure before I ride, and almost always have to make a pressure adjustment. I think this helps.
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Have C2's on mine too. I love them except on loose gravel roads.
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Congratulations. Kinda makes you feel like you've got a new bike doesn't it? I'll possibly have to change my tires out at the end of this coming up riding season. I might be able to stretch it out another year.

I have a niece in southern Ft Worth and a sister in McKinney, north of Dallas. I've got some serious retired military friends there still in the Ft Worth area. I spent a good 8 years there when the military air base was called Carswell AFB before it closed down and the Navy took over the base.

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Thanks, Chris. Yep, all those places are my stomping grounds.
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Yeah, I think that if you own a 900 you should experience the bike on C2's. It makes a world of difference. It's almost as if they were made for the bike!

Just curious @Sonny ; Did you ask the shop to make sure they ordered them matched? I asked my 'go to' guy at the Dealership if Michelin really sold matched pairs or if that was just misinformation. He assured me that it wasn't. He stated that you have to order them specifically as matched and that normally the ones on the stock shelves aren't matched. He told me they aren't 'different' than the normal stock tire. They are all made in a series/batch but if you request a matched pair they are pulled from the same series. They don't bother with keeping them in the same series/ batch otherwise when sent out of the factory.

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