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I probably should be more concerned about matching tires front and rear, but I have had several so called pairs that performed badly, and lots on non-pairs that worked well, over the years. I must note that when the match have been poor, it has been tires with different model names, but claimed to belong together. Like Metzeler ME33 and ME99 that on my CB1100 worked poorly. When I substituted the front with a Michelin A49, the bike was transformed and went from nervous and wobbly steering to being on rails. The OEM tires on my VN800A was horrible as a pair, but the Pirellis I replaced them with (also not carrying the same designation) worked fantastic. The Heidenau recommended pairing (again not carrying the same designation) for my old KZ650 was a horror, but the front Heidenau worked great with a ChengShin rear. And so on. Currently, I have a 120/70-17 radial Maxxis on the front of my Honda 650 together with a Michelin 150/70-17 radial on the rear, and they too work superbly. That was a risk I took, though, but I would never have considered worrying about mixing any combination of PR2, 3, 4 or 5 as they are all fairly similar in their construction. I think. So I probably should have worried a little :unsure:
 

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Any updates on these tires??
 

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I've only got 750 miles on mine. No issue or concern. Show zero wear so far. Ride is still very good. I've ridden in rain a few times, good grip. I would buy again without hesitation. Mileage will be tracked to see what tread life is. Here is picture at 750 miles.

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Nice pics, better than the web sites that sell them.

If you had not specified good in rain I would have thought they were a type of racing slicks.
 

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I have the Michelin Commander III as my rear tire in size 200/55R17 for my 2006 Roadliner. I have usually put on Bridgestones (190/60R/17), but replacing them every 8,000-9,000 is getting old. So far I have only ridden about 500 miles and I have no complaints on my Michelins. Not riding again until Spring as Michigan winters are too cold and I am too old. lol
 

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There have not been many tires over my 40 years on the road that have made it past 8k miles. The one that lasted the least, a Pirelli MT28 Phantom Comp+, was bald in less than 1500 miles. I got just over 6000 miles out of the Michelin PR4 on the rear of my Honda 650, and 8k miles from the front and rear PR3s fitted to the MT-07. I found that to be fantastic longevity.
 

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Quick update on the Commander III. Plan was to document every 1000 miles, well I forgot. Here's thread at 1200 miles. Still no issues or concerns, I like them.



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Lesblank: gotta ask, have you done any "sporty" driving on them? How do there compare to others you have had on it??
 

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Lesblank: gotta ask, have you done any "sporty" driving on them? How do there compare to others you have had on it??
Yes I have. No issues and felt good. I would say same as my Commander II that was replaced and better than the Dunlop that was on before that.
 
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BINGO! That's what I wanted to know. Thank you. ☺
 

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Here's a 2500 mile update. Still no issues or concerns, look almost new. Yes tire has some oil dry powder I put on my driveway so my car tires wouldn't slip on ice last week.

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Thank you sir!

No concerns, good. But have you noticed any difference / better on the 3 over the 2?
 

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Possibly a tad firmer of a ride with just me. Feels same with wife on. I think it might have a firmer sidewall. Cornering, braking, acceleration, wet and dry all seem the same.
 

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So other than a slightly stiffer sidewall, in your opinion they are the same?

I ask because I have seen the "2" tires cheaper than the 3's.
 

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I've used twos for years on several bikes and only the three on current bike. I say both are very close. The tread wear will be the deciding factor. Got a tad over 16k with Commander II on this bike, will be interesting what I get out of the III. I got over 18k on my 1100 with the twos on it, did that twice.
 
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Since I will be need of new rubber for my Strat soon, I just wanted to be following this thread and see real results on these tires. BTW ya I finally registered here, so hello everyone.
 

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Here's a picture taken this morning, 3100 miles. Still no signs of wear, no issues or concerns. I'll definitely rebuy again. Yes, bike is filthy.

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They look like they were mounted TODAY and you only drove it home. Nice, they might yet have a longer milage lifespan.
 
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