I replaced the stock Dunlop’s with Metzeler ME880 90/90-21 front and 200/70-15 rear. I was pleasantly surprised with the transformation. The stock tires were somewhat nervous or not very positive over rough pavement and especially over grooved pavement or open grated bridges. I understand that the front tires aren’t that wide, even with the new one, and you can only expect so much from their contact patch. The more I rode on the Dunlop's; the more I felt they just weren’t that good. And there were times the bike would surprise me with a little wiggle or something on the Dunlop’s, squirrelly I’d best describe it. So I bit the bullet and had it shod with the Metzeler’s this morning. Within the first few miles I immediately felt a difference. The front end felt more planted, more positive and the overall ride felt much smoother. Gone was that slight buzz at speed in the handgrips and it seemed to track straighter over the undulations in the pavement. Now I do want to clarify that the tires didn’t give the bike razor sharp sport bike handling, and it is a V-Twin so it will never be as smooth as an inline 4 or Honda/BMW boxer powerplant. I’m not delusional. But I will say it is a noticeable improvement over the stock tires in ride and handling for this type of bike with such a skinny front tire. And they look better, too. The front fills the fender nicely now and the rear just looks great. No modifications to anything were required. I can’t wait to put some more miles on them solo and 2-up. I’ll update the post as I put more time on them. I hope I see an improvement in wet handling, too, but that can wait. So now I have a spare set of Dunlop's with less than 3k on them. That's not such a bad thing come to think of it.
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