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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 10-13-2008, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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Preference of tire brands?

Has anybody had better luck w/ different tires for a v star 1100?
Dunlop d404's were good, but thought about trying something else. The only thing is , the Dunlops tend to wander at low speeds, and follow cracks. Would a diff. tire help? Been looking @ continnentals, or Kenda tires. Anyone tried this to see if it helps?
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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 05-27-2009, 08:51 PM
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I switched to Metzlers on my Victory. Seem to be better than the Dunlops that came on the bike.
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post #3 of 41 (permalink) Old 05-31-2009, 10:31 AM
 
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Metzlers FTW!!! Spend the money and upgrade to metzlers. You wont be dissapointed. Pirelli's are good to.
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post #4 of 41 (permalink) Old 07-30-2009, 09:45 PM
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I dont know i like the dunlop myself. Great long lasting wear pattern, handles very well wet or dry, and even handles the dirt and gravel very well.

My last bike was a adventure tourer (suzuki V-Strom) came stock with a tire every one labbled as really poor a bridstone trail wing better known as death wings. So when the time came for tires i "upgraded" to metzlers and was VERY dissapointed. Ended up with highspeed head shake, and very poor gravel road manners. The only thing they did better than the stock bridgstones was handle wet roads very well. After that i will NEVER own another set of metzlers.
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My 1100 vstar came with Bridgestone, I was ready to get rid of the bike, hated the ride, handling,the whole thing. Went to Metzlers, WOW, had a new bike, sticks like glue, smooth as silk, this is just what happened to me, but I will run nothing else on this vstar as long as I have it. They do cost more that a lot of the others,like Avon, also a very good tire. This is just how it went with me. Also, I will not run Bridgestone again if I can help it, on anything.
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I have an 06 1100 Vstar silverado with 60k mile. the bike came with Brigestone, next I put on Metzlers. Hated them always felt like I was riding on marbles on wet roads. I live near Seattle and ride year round. Next I put on a set of Dunlops D404 love them. Right know I have on a set of Pirrelies. Not a bad tire but I think I like the Dunlops best.
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post #7 of 41 (permalink) Old 11-14-2009, 08:10 PM
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guess thats why they sell more than one brand and type of tire. I run Dunlop on my 750 and love them, wear very good, ride good, but on my 1100 vstar, Metzler 880 marathon is it for me, in 45 years on the road, never had tires that felt, handled, and are wearing like these, So. Ind.plenty of hills, curves ect, like I said, these are great for here and the riding here. Just depends on what works for each guy,(or girl).
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when i bought my 1100 classic, it had d404 on the rear an exedra on the front...
i hadn't owned or riden a bike in 30 plus years, i HATED the ride. then a friend told me to buy a new rear (which was going to be due at the end of the summer anyway), just before i got the new tire, i checked tire pressures, WOW !!! 12 measly pounds in BOTH tires... lesson learned, ANY tires stink under-pressured, and my life was probably in jeopardy, anyways, the only tires recommended (by yamaha) were front and back d404's
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when i bought my 1100 classic, it had d404 on the rear an exedra on the front...
i hadn't owned or riden a bike in 30 plus years, i HATED the ride. then a friend told me to buy a new rear (which was going to be due at the end of the summer anyway), just before i got the new tire, i checked tire pressures, WOW !!! 12 measly pounds in BOTH tires... lesson learned, ANY tires stink under-pressured, and my life was probably in jeopardy, anyways, the only tires recommended (by yamaha) were front and back d404's
You make a very good point on pressures, my 1100 book says 33 and 36, Ask my shop guy, he said run 40 and 40, I tryed that and the whole ride changed (for the better,much better) Just for the few that don't know, cupping on your front tire is more than likely due to lower than needed pressure. Just a note, do not inflate over what is printed on the tire itself, but I have found up to max works well.

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sugar bear 06, i was wondering, what kind of mileage are you getting from the metzelers?? i considered getting those this spring, but i read they dont give the mileage of d404s
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