Tire Brands

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by OTRA, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. OTRA

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    Hello everyone. I have a 97 fLHTCI and am in need of new tires, frt and rear. I have always used OEM dunlops, but have never been happy with the mileage. Can anyone tell me anything about Mitsotoma tires or reccomend a better alternative than the Dunlops. Thanks in advance:cheers
     
  2. dbmg

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    What mileage are you getting out of the Dunlops and what mileage are you looking for???
     
  3. 89 FXRS

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    What kind of mileage were you getting with the Dunlops?
     
  4. OTRA

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    Only about 6500 on the rear, bought bike used so don't really know on the frt
     
  5. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

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    I average 8,500 rear and received 19,500 miles on front.
    Unable to find Manufacture website about tires just dealers that sell them. I would be careful........
     
  6. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    I have never heard of the brand you mentioned. Dunlops are a good tire and some of our members get excellent milage. I personally run Avon Venon X and get 9000 to 11000 miles on the rear and a little more on the front, although I change both tires when the rear needs changing.
     
  7. 70_West

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    Caveat emptor... Just saying, run a google search on them...
     
  8. OTRA

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    Thanks guys, will do some internet searching.
     
  9. There's more to tires than wear mileage. I think the Dunlops provide above average performance and should last in the 9k to 10k mile. To me that's a workable combination.
    Your driving style is probably the biggest variable in tire mileage, especially when dealing with performance tires. Your mileage may not be all that bad.
     
  10. The Tourist

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    I also run Dunlops, and I just changed out a rear tire on my 48 at 10K. I considered that I got good performance and reasonable life. The problem here was 'style.' Let me explain.

    When I first bought the bike, it was new and needed a break-in period. I *assumed* it would be a short hauler. As such I did slower speeds on back roads, and as I broke in the engine I scrubbed my 'chicken marks.' As I got to know the bike, I rode it more on highways.

    In the last few thousand miles, over 2/3s of the distance was on the slab puttin' for fun. I wore a 2-inch section down the middle of the tire.

    I scrubbed in the new tire, but returned to my highway schedule. In other words, two identical tires but two separate demands. I think most people evolve in their styles over time.

    So when a guy asks about a tire or a tire company, I'm not always sure that he can accurately foresee how his riding will be in the future. Had you asked me as a new 48 owner, I would have surmised I needed a short-haul, sticky, apex grabbing, saloon hopping tread. In reality, I made a mini-touring bike out of her.

    The moral of the story? Find a tire with numerous features to ensure the most options. As you get to know a bike, your desires might change.