The most popular tire I would say is the Michelin Commander II. I've have about 6,000 miles on the set on my 800 Classic and they handle very well wet or dry and show very little signs of wear. Many tires are rated "tubeless" but can be used with tubes which is a must with spokes. Jakewilson.com is a good place too start a search and read reviews. They have a good selection to meet you budget.
+1 on the MCII's. Have them on my Voyager and love them. Stock Bridgestone's were shot at 5000 miles when I bought the bike. Have a little more than 6000 miles on the MCII's and they are handling beautifully and show very little wear.
My 1700 Nomad came with Metzler tires on it. During a day trip with my wife I noticed that the bike was a little loose in a curve so at the next stop I inspected the back tire to discover it was flat! To get home I had to stop a couple of times and air it up but we made it without a problem. That makes me a devout follower of the Metzler ME880 and will continue to put them on my bikes.
Plus 1 with Michelin Commander II. Pricey yes, but very worth it or Dunlop elite 3, you'll surely won't go wrong with this 2 brands. I believe 4 Wheel Online are selling them for a big discount check them out and you might get lucky getting them cheap.
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