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Steering - Dunlaps vs Metzler Tires

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  1. Coolpreese
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    I've had my 1100 almost three months and have put 3,000 miles on it. All the time, I felt as though the steering was difficult..had to wrestle during turns. Last week I picked up a nail in the rear tire and experience my first flat which I heard before I felt. It sounded like a truck coming up behind me. Once I realized what it was I stopped and checked it out. Still enough air to turn around and head back home about 1 mile...thank God!

    Not having a motorcycle jack (yet), I loaded up the bike and took to a local shop. They convinced me to go ahead and replace the tires. If I could have removed the tire at home, I could have run at least another thousand miles. Cost me $600+ to replace the tires....an expensive lesson, and I now have a motorcycle jack...paid $50 from Harbor Freight.

    The old tires were Dunlaps. I've never had good experience with Dunlaps even with autos, so I had Metzlers put on. And, WHAT A DIFFFERENCE! The bike now corners like it should. I detect no pulling at all at normal speed. I'm sure it would be there if I pushed it harder. I just wonder if anyone else has had the same experience.

  2. Ravhite
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    I have found that Metzlers and Avons are the best handling tires IMHO. I like a bike to ride like its on a rail and that is what I get from Metzler and Avon. I'm not opposed to the increased mileage either, these things are expensive even when you buy them at a discount.

  3. oltkeeser
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    I run Avon's and am extremely pleased with them. Even though I don't get the mileage from them that I would a Dunlop, I like their handling much better.

  4. 2WheelPik
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    Just curious, what psi did you have your Dunlaps set, and did you check it frequently?

  5. aplumnj
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    I replaced my factory Dunlops with cheap crap Maxxis White Walls on my 1100 Classic. Big mistake. The quality of the whitewall was terrible and the ride was worse.

    I switched to Metzler white walls and will never stray from the brand again. Best ride ever and the quality is tops.

    I also invested in a jack and a few tire irons. Did the whole thing myself with the help of the Clymers manual, not difficult at all if you have the slighest mechanical ability and some common sense.

  6. mopoj
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    I replaced my factory Dunlops with cheap crap Maxxis White Walls on my 1100 Classic. Big mistake. The quality of the whitewall was terrible and the ride was worse.I switched to Metzler white walls and will never stray from the brand again. Best ride ever and the quality is tops. I also invested in a jack and a few tire irons. Did the whole thing myself with the help of the Clymers manual, not difficult at all if you have the slighest mechanical ability and some common sense.
    since i'm new here what is the Clymers manual?

  7. chilibebber
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    It is like the Chilton book for cars and trucks. A product worth buying if you plan on doing any work yourself on your scooter.

  8. Coolpreese
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    Hey Guys!
    Thanks for the feedback on the Metzlers. I've been out of town for a few days and could not get back on the web. I feel better about the expensive purchase. Come to think of it, I may not have checked the air in the Donlops. Anyhow....its water under the bridge. I've changed tires before and will probably try to do it myself next time. Although I'm ready with the new floor jack, I hope I don't have to do it for a while.

  9. DYNA270
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    I replaced my factory Dunlops with cheap crap Maxxis White Walls on my 1100 Classic. Big mistake. The quality of the whitewall was terrible and the ride was worse.I switched to Metzler white walls and will never stray from the brand again. Best ride ever and the quality is tops. I also invested in a jack and a few tire irons. Did the whole thing myself with the help of the Clymers manual, not difficult at all if you have the slighest mechanical ability and some common sense.
    DYNA270270 beads 10.00 does both wheels works great DYNA270

  10. yg1zdarz
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    I've read a lot lately on many forums about tires. The opinions are as varied as the riders. Many have complained about the Metzelers, others Bridgestone, Dunlop and on and on. Seems each manufacturer has a bad run in their manufacturing processes at some time or another. My 1100 came with cast wheels and Dunlop tubeless. I check the air pressure regularly, and have 12k miles on them and still going. Can't say I've ever had any problems with cornering. One think I've noticed is that the tread design is never mentioned in most of these posts. Try to use something that matches your riding style and you might find that your ride handles better (for you). And that's what counts in the end.

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