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3 TYRE COMPARISION, well 2 tyre actually.

Ok I thought this might help anyone trying to decide on what tyre to use in this size range,

Tyre on the left is original Dunlop 180x70x15. Got about 6,100Klms out of it.

Tyre in middle is Pirelli Night Dragon in same size 180x70x15. It was wider and higher than Dunlop and geared the bike up a little bit, got speedo a bit closer and dropped revs very slightly. Gripped well in dry but not great in wet. Wore a lot better than Dunlop as well, got 10,400Klms out of it. I was putting down more power and giving it a lot more than I did on the Dunlop as well, so it stood up to it quite well.

Now the Tyre on the right is New just fitted and not ridden on or tested yet.
It is a MICHELIN COMMANDER II 170x80x15. So technically it should be narrower, which it isn't, I would say its wider. But look at the height difference with this tyre, yes its on rim and pumped up, but its still a huge height difference compared to the other two tyres. Haven't ridden on it yet as weather is a bit ordinary here at moment. I hope it doesn't gear the bike up to high. It supposed to get double the mileage as well, hopefully double of the Pirelli and not the Dunlop Will report when I have ridden on it.
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Looking forward to reading how the Michelin tire rides. It does look tall.

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Thats a helpful comparison, doesn't the michelin come in a 180? I wonder how the metezler would compare with your three?...thanks..wally
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Very good illustration. looking forward to update. hopefully pics showing fitment on bike.
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Ok I will go take some photos as I have fitted it now.

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Thats a helpful comparison, doesn't the michelin come in a 180? I wonder how the metezler would compare with your three?...thanks..wally
Its a 170x80x15 Commander11, no it doesn't come in a 180.

Ok here is some photos of wheel back on.
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Greyhairhoon,

Are you getting any rubbing? That tire does look nice.

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Are you getting any rubbing? That tire does look nice.
I have not ridden on it yet, but it has plenty of clearance and heaps of other people on here have fitted this size tyre with no issues at all.
Looking at the bike in real life with this tyre on it does look heaps bigger than the last 2 tyres I have had on it.
Cant wait to try it on road, if it would just stop pouring rain.
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The stock dunlop says 7" wide on their website, your tire is 7.36" wide, i wonder how much higher it is, 10mm is only 1/2" but it looks so much higher...good reviews on the michelins...ride safe...
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Ok I am 100% convinced now that this size tyre was what the 900 should have come with out of the factory and was probably designed to have. I have now ridden on it and its perfect for this bike, There is no loss of power/torque in any gear, but the gears are taller and much more useful. I think I hit 100 kph in second gear on 1 test take off and that was not max revs.
I rode uphill and down dale, lots of twisties and long straights at a fast as I can ride sort of speed, and this tyre sticks like glue, I thought the Pirelli was pretty good but this tyre makes it seem ordinary in comparison, the Pirelli had this funny feeling of slip at low speed leaning, like coming out of a driveway and turning onto road type situation but was good at higher speeds, and the Dunlop is not even close to either of them. If this tyre lasts twice as long as they say in the advertising then it is the perfect tyre. What the point of the stock 180 Dunlop that gears the bike to low, when you can put on a 170tyre that is wider than the 180 and gets the gearing spot on. Have not checked the speedo yet but I am pretty sure its a lot closer to being right.
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