I have 4000 miles on my Michelin Commander II on the rear of the Strat now. Going to be lucky to get 6K out of it. The tire is no better than any other tire on the Strats!!
Stratoliners/Roadliners have way more HP & Torque than the HD Electra Glide Michelin used for testing and hype for advertisement claims. No increase in mileage for us!!
Im kind of glad I ran into this post and cant wait for results (which will be years) from people with lighter bikes like the 1300.
I have heard some compliants about the Commander IIs as well. Such as being hard and also some kind of "harmonic vibration" at certain speeds. Most love them though.
Bottom line for me though is last I checked, they do not make a direct replacement for the 1300. Meaning I wanted the exact fit as called for by Yamaha and not settle for a size made for Harleys.
Anyway, for the time being, I just put on pair of Bridgestone Exedra MAX. The Maxs are supposed to be a little more long wearing the the old Exedras but no claims like the Commander II is making.
Thats ok though, I wanted and exact replacement size and Exedra Max had it, also at $248 For both tires delivered to my house I will hope and pray if I can just get 10 or 12 k out of them I would be thrilled.
I will say this, been riding quite a bit on them since being installed 2 weeks ago. I love them, never had such a well controlled feeling ride, very responsive, requires light input from the rider and really feel comfortable leaning further then I ever did into turns, in fact just naturally. With that said, I almost threw myself off the bike when I first had the tires mounted!!
Picked up the bike, for fun I was swerving s shaped out of the parking lot, feeling the reaction of the tires, holy crap, they were so responsive I almost threw myself off the bike!!! Scared the crap out of me, never felt tires like this and after a brief period of less then 100 miles it became second nature to get used to them, man, Im just amazed, now if they just last a little longer, I will be sold on these tires, right now, all I can say is flawless handling on my bike.