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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-05-2011, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Question Pirelli vs Dunlop

Had to replaced both tires at the beginning of the season last year. Did a lot of search on the internet and finally decided to go with the Dunlop. Rode the season with tire manufacturer air pressure for 2 up, 40 psi (checked and adjusted every week). I rode for about 9000 KM and the rear is pretty well gone. Probably could squeeze another 1000 km out of it but no more. So I have to get a new rear tire next spring. I am undecided between Pirelli MT66 and Metz Marathon 880. I am a bit concerned with the wet traction of the Metz (according to a few reviews). I might just go with the MT66. Your thoughts
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My bikes came with Dunlop, The Yamaha shop has Dunlop so I use dunlop. I have read many a post on tires and most all report from 8000 too 12000 miles no matter what tire they are running.
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Had to replaced both tires at the beginning of the season last year. Did a lot of search on the internet and finally decided to go with the Dunlop. Rode the season with tire manufacturer air pressure for 2 up, 40 psi (checked and adjusted every week). I rode for about 9000 KM and the rear is pretty well gone. Probably could squeeze another 1000 km out of it but no more. So I have to get a new rear tire next spring. I am undecided between Pirelli MT66 and Metz Marathon 880. I am a bit concerned with the wet traction of the Metz (according to a few reviews). I might just go with the MT66. Your thoughts
Hi Mac, anyone who has read my posts know I am a big Metz880 fan, best I have ever run, comfort, stickieness, long wear,on my Silverado they are by far the best(for me). I run Dunlop on my 750 and that's all I run there, love em.

I do not know about the wet traction thing, I have read that too, but I slow down so much in the rain, it would not be a fair test. Mileage lies in your right hand, right foot and tire pressure Ride safe

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Had to replaced both tires at the beginning of the season last year. Did a lot of search on the internet and finally decided to go with the Dunlop. Rode the season with tire manufacturer air pressure for 2 up, 40 psi (checked and adjusted every week). I rode for about 9000 KM and the rear is pretty well gone. Probably could squeeze another 1000 km out of it but no more. So I have to get a new rear tire next spring. I am undecided between Pirelli MT66 and Metz Marathon 880. I am a bit concerned with the wet traction of the Metz (according to a few reviews). I might just go with the MT66. Your thoughts
On the 1100 metzler only, on the liner 205/55/17 c/t.
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Smile most sold tire

Thanks to everyone for their feedback. One thing that seems obvious from the review I read on various sellers internet site is that there is more Dunlop tire sold than any of the other brand. I reached this conclusion based solely on the number of reviews (favorable or not).

Anyone out there working in tire sale could confirm this?



Also based on the general comments found in various forums , the Dunlop seems to be good tires but the main complaint is poor tread life. If it is the case and based on tread life alone, I would have to put 75% more mileage on a Metz compared to a Dunlop (based on the cost difference) to break even. Since I put 9000 km on my last Dunlop I would have to put 15750 on a Metz...

Because the Pirelli MT66 are just slightly more expensive than the Dunlop, I would be OK if I can put the same mileage on them as I did on my Dunlop.

So the question remains: D404 or MT66?

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i couldn't find any article that shows which is the best selling motorcycle tire or even the best selling motorcycle tire company. and it's even tougher to determine since there are so many different motorcycle classes and different tires for each class, but i'd have to guess that Dunlop is the best selling based on no evidence whatsoever.
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Dunlop 404's are listed as an economy tire, try the Dunlop k555. Just ordered 1 for the rear and a Dunlop Cruisemax for the front(www)
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In my opinion, i believe that metzlers or avon makes the best tire for cruisers. Metzlers being a little better.
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just put on a dunlop elite3 on my rear and it's a huge upgrade over the bridgestone. i cut across lanes a lot smoother and it seems to make the bike a little more responsive
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