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Old 01-15-2012, 08:58 AM   #1
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I know this has been discussed many times but what do you think is the best tire for my 2007 VRSCD. This will be my first tire change. My dunlops have cupped really bad.
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:33 PM   #2
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i put the metz 260 on the rear of mine about 1500 km in and now i am at 15000 km and it is starting to flatten out so i just bought new metz again , i had zero issues with the metz ,
i have heard the avons are good also and the avon 150 is as wide as the metz 260
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:06 AM   #3
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i put the metz 260 on the rear of mine about 1500 km in and now i am at 15000 km and it is starting to flatten out so i just bought new metz again , i had zero issues with the metz ,
i have heard the avons are good also and the avon 150 is as wide as the metz 260
Well I would not recommend a metz 260 on the Ds 5.5" rim. Both metz (ME880) and Avon (AV72) make a 200mm tire that is highly recommended with matching front. If you want you can stick with the 180 but many Nightroders prefer the extra meat of the 200mm tires.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/31/401/1/0/0/DEPARTMENT/Cruiser-Motorcycle-Blackwall-Tires-Tires.aspx
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:13 AM   #4
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Tried Dunlaps, Metzlers and am on my first set of avons.

Dunlaps cuped on front tire and did not like handleing on wet roads.

Metzler I liked, did not cup on front tire and averaged 5000 to 7500 on rear tire.

Avon I am on my first set with about 2500 mile on them. Although a little pricey they handle very well in all condition.

I have a 03 Rod with 75000+ miles on it.
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Old 01-16-2012, 02:22 PM   #5
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Bridgestone Excedra are a good bargain and the front wears evenly but no 200 is available.
The Metz is a good all round wear and grip and not priced too badly if you shop them around. And it's available in a 200 rear if you choose.
Order online if you can to save and find a local Jap bike shop to change them cheap.
American Motorcycle Tire online is good source.
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Old 01-16-2012, 02:29 PM   #6
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Most important with any tire-----KEP PRESSURES UP TO PAR !!!! IE; 40-40 f/r(at least)
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Old 01-16-2012, 02:32 PM   #7
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Well I would not recommend a metz 260 on the Ds 5.5" rim. Both metz (ME880) and Avon (AV72) make a 200mm tire that is highly recommended with matching front. If you want you can stick with the 180 but many Nightroders prefer the extra meat of the 200mm tires.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/31/401/1/0/0/DEPARTMENT/Cruiser-Motorcycle-Blackwall-Tires-Tires.aspx
sorry my mistake , i was commenting more on the tire brand than size although i didnt realiaze the bike was a ds
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Old 01-17-2012, 01:53 PM   #8
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My 07 Night has 32000 miles. Ran thru Dunlops like they were gummy bears. Front cupped badly. Put a brace on front forks, this will help take out fork flex.. I am running Pirellie Night Dragons now. Front and rear. Not any cheaper, but more rubber on the tire. Should wear a lot better than Dunlop. Handles as well as Dunlops, and doesnt lay over on rear sidewall. Seems to be better so far.
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Old 01-27-2012, 01:12 AM   #9
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Have Metzler ME880 (200 on the rear) on my 2008 D. I'm happy with it. Good grip in the corners. Will buy again
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Well I would not recommend a metz 260 on the Ds 5.5" rim. Both metz (ME880) and Avon (AV72) make a 200mm tire that is highly recommended with matching front. If you want you can stick with the 180 but many Nightroders prefer the extra meat of the 200mm tires.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/31/401/1/0/0/DEPARTMENT/Cruiser-Motorcycle-Blackwall-Tires-Tires.aspx
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:38 AM   #11
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Well I would not recommend a metz 260 on the Ds 5.5" rim. Both metz (ME880) and Avon (AV72) make a 200mm tire that is highly recommended with matching front. If you want you can stick with the 180 but many Nightroders prefer the extra meat of the 200mm tires.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/31/401/1/0/0/DEPARTMENT/Cruiser-Motorcycle-Blackwall-Tires-Tires.aspx

200 rear $228.00 120 front $158.00 I bought these exactly for my 06D I love them. As soon as you put them on you will think you have a different bike because they handle Soooo much better than Dunsucks
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200 Metzler, Progressive 440 rears
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:40 PM   #12
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I am gonna take the Metzeler ME 880 plunge myself... before I do, just let me confirm that for my 2006 VRSCD I need a 200/50ZR18 for the rear and a 120/70ZR-19 for the front?
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:58 PM   #13
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I am gonna take the Metzeler ME 880 plunge myself... before I do, just let me confirm that for my 2006 VRSCD I need a 200/50ZR18 for the rear and a 120/70ZR-19 for the front?
Yup that's the sizes I bought. You will like them especially if you still running the original Dunsuck tires!!
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200 Metzler, Progressive 440 rears
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:10 PM   #14
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Yup that's the sizes I bought. You will like them especially if you still running the original Dunsuck tires!!
That I am! They are wearing thin now and I just don't feel right replacing them with more of the same.

Alright the Tires Unlimited site says...
METZELER ME880 200/50ZR18 MARATHON XXL RADIAL REAR
METZELER ME880 120/70ZR19 MARATHON RADIAL TOUR FRONT

If that looks right I am pulling the trigger. Price is 400 bucks. Wanted to use the Motorcycle Superstore sale but they don't have the 200, just the 180.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:23 PM   #15
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That I am! They are wearing thin now and I just don't feel right replacing them with more of the same.

Alright the Tires Unlimited site says...
METZELER ME880 200/50ZR18 MARATHON XXL RADIAL REAR
METZELER ME880 120/70ZR19 MARATHON RADIAL TOUR FRONT

If that looks right I am pulling the trigger. Price is 400 bucks. Wanted to use the Motorcycle Superstore sale but they don't have the 200, just the 180.
Are they out of stock. I went through Amazon and also got free shipping. Just go to amazon and type in the brand and size and they should come up. Steve

I just went to Amazon and typed "METZELER ME880 MARATHON XXL RADIAL REAR" scroll to the bottom the last size on the right click on it then click on 3 new and it comes up.
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