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Best tires for Voyager 1700

Have almost 23k miles on it. I get a lot of front end vibration around 40-50 miles/hr and 80-90/hr. My rear is almost worn out. Any recommendation on tires for Voyager 1700 that can help reduce the vibration? Also, should the front and rear treads be the same?
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I stuck with the Bridgestone tires that came with the bike for my 2nd set, but they also did not last more then 12K. Michelin Commander 2 's were recommended to me when I asked the same question. I went that route on my Nomad and have about 4K on the rear and 2k on the front tire. So far I'm pleased with their performance. Time will tell if I get the same longevity out of them and others have gotten, which other have said to be around 20K. Sizes: front 130/90-16 and rear 180/65-16. I keep the tire pressure at 31 in the front and 38 in the back. Hope this helps.


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I Run bridgestone also,2nd set on my nad,like em so I stay w them,no vibration, pretty smooth tire
bout 9k out of them
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Where do you recommend buying the tires?
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I got my best price on Amazon. The MC Superstore.Com also had decent prices.
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Where do you recommend buying the tires?
Ordered mine on line,mc superstore I think,had em delivered to the shop,Easy peasy,dropped bike off in morn picked up at lunch break
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I stuck with the Bridgestone tires that came with the bike for my 2nd set, but they also did not last more then 12K. Michelin Commander 2 's were recommended to me when I asked the same question. I went that route on my Nomad and have about 4K on the rear and 2k on the front tire. So far I'm pleased with their performance. Time will tell if I get the same longevity out of them and others have gotten, which other have said to be around 20K. Sizes: front 130/90-16 and rear 180/65-16. I keep the tire pressure at 31 in the front and 38 in the back. Hope this helps.

How are the Michelin commanders compared to Bridgestone, grip and road noise wise?
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How are the Michelin commanders compared to Bridgestone, grip and road noise wise?
Can't say I've noticed any difference. I'm definitely looking forward to not having to buy tires for a while. I put on 10 to 12K a year.


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I have found some good deals on Amazon and Motorcycle Superstore but something to consider before buying tires online is if you have a dealership or shop that will install them if you don't plan to do it yourself. Most dealerships in my area won't touch a tire you didn't buy from them anymore. Luckily some will price match online stores though.

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I switched my Nomad 1600 to Bridgestone dual compound radials. Bike rides and handles better than the stock bias tires.

I wanted the Michelins but they don't make them in the correct sizes.
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