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Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 180/70B16 77H that also comes in a 180/65B16 81H

I have a few questions if you feel like answering them like ....
what is the difference in teh H ratings
which of these two sizes 65b vs 70b would be the better fit on a xvs1300A .... I am thinking the 180/70 as the 70 is the same as my original .....
and has anyone tried them for longevity?

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I bit the bullet and fitted a matching pair of those Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 tyres 180/70 rear, time will tell if they are a good alternative to Michelin Commander 2's or not. though my first impression after picking Olive up after fitting was that my steering seemed lighter and quicker and felt quite comfortable, going for a squirt up into the hills tomorrow but I will take it easy just in case......
 

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A motorbike is very sensitive to the physical weight of the tires and wheels, because the mass of the spinning wheel and tire is one of the factors that creates the gyroscopic effect that keeps the bike from falling over, and from resisting being pushed off its course.

If the bike feels more nimble and responsive the new tires must be lighter.

Personally I like heavier tires. I like being able to take my hands off the grips, and the bike feels stable and planted at speed.
 

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A motorbike is very sensitive to the physical weight of the tires and wheels, because the mass of the spinning wheel and tire is one of the factors that creates the gyroscopic effect that keeps the bike from falling over, and from resisting being pushed off its course.

If the bike feels more nimble and responsive the new tires must be lighter.

Personally I like heavier tires. I like being able to take my hands off the grips, and the bike feels stable and planted at speed.
I rode around 250kms today and I am really impressed with the "feel" of these tyres, definately quieter on the road and very responsive to handlebar movements, the bikes handling seems really light and responsive yet totally solid ..... feels like a different bike, at this point I think I like them more than the commander 2's I had on my last bike a 2015 Star Stryker XVS1300CU .....
 

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I left something out of my post yesterday, if your old tires were worn to the point where the rear tire was somewhat flat across the middle, you will also notice the bike turns easier with new tires, simply because the profile of the new tires is round again, like its suppose to be.
 
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