I've run Dunlop, Metzeler, & now Pirelli. I prefer Pirelli's grip & performance over the other two, with Dunlop being the lowest performer for handling. Longevity goes to Dunlop IMHO, but grip and handling are more important to me than life cycle.
That being said, 5k miles on the Pirellis and they still look like they have another 5k or more in them
pop over to the suspension section of this forum and you will find at least 200 threads regarding this same question
My brother runs some weird style cruiser tire from Michelin that gives him 20,000 miles from the rear.The compound is so hard I have to keep the bike straight up and counter steer around corners so it doesn't slip out from me.
I get about 11.000 miles out of the 240's on the ass end of my 03 V-Rod and about 2000 miles on the 260's on the X.The difference is in the way I ride.
IF I had two bikes, I could see using one strictly for my long commutes/highway runs and using hard tires, while keeping the other bike set up for handling.
Even then I just don't like compromising handling quite that much.
I have Metzelers on my 03 and have gotten about 12k. I am ordering the same this winter to put on before next season. They have performed well for me and they consistently have good reviews on most sites I've checked as well.
The Metzler 880's are traditionally a harder compound tire. Thats why the cruiser/touring guys like'm,cause they tend to last longer. The Michelin mentioned is the Scorcher I believe(no experience with it). Avons are good for grip and so so on tread life. Dunlops wear fast and are picky about running proper pressures. No experience with Pirelli's . I for one would rather have something a little on the sticky side to grip the road on accel and turns. JMO-------Ken
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I have ridden about 5K miles since my last post on this tire thread. The Michellin Scorchers have handled well this riding season in varying riding conditions (including rain), and are also wearing well.
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