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Old 12-29-2014, 06:12 PM
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I was hoping someone could give me some tire advice. I need new rubber front and back. I know a lot has been posted on tires but I was looking for a specific brand and model suggestion. This will be my first time buying tires for my 1995 Max. I have read lots of good things about Shinko's handling but they are soft so wear quickly. The bike shop I use of thumbs their nose at Shinko's and suggests oe tires. I was looking for some real advice from people that ride so of course this is the place. Thank You for being here.

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Old 12-29-2014, 06:56 PM
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Metzler Marathon 880's, in the stock sizes. More expensive than the Shinkos, but great handling and long wearing. I wouldn't use anything else.
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Old 12-29-2014, 06:57 PM
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I'm a fan of the Meltzer me880 too, long lasting, good tire..
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Old 12-29-2014, 07:06 PM
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When I bought my Vmax.....I had OE Dunlops (hard stock tires). I didnt like then.....they are hard, and have great mileage....suck in the rain, and I could feel them move when I had the bike leaned over.

I like the shinkos.....because a softer tire GRIPS better. They may wear out quicker, although most people got 4000 miles out of a rear, and 6 to 7 out of a front, but they are cheaper in cost as well. You can buy front and rear together for under 200, and usually have some 20's left over as well.
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Old 12-29-2014, 07:37 PM
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Get a 17" or 18" X 5-1/2" rear wheel and go radials. The best handling improvement you can make (my opinion).

You probably want to just replace the stock tires, but this is a good time to do the upgrade. You can use the stock front wheel and just replace the rear wheel.

For tires, I like Dunlops, Bridgestones and Metzlers, either bias or radial.
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:15 PM
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Personally I like the Shinko Tour master 230 Rear and a decent sport touring front like the Batlaxx BT45-V or the Metzeler Lasertech.
But I tend to ride pretty hard on back country twisty roads and need the bike to stick to the road as well as possible.
And the Shinko TM230 sticks like glue.
I get around 5,000 Miles out of a rear and usually about 10,000 out of at he front.
But if you don't ride very hard in the twisties the Metzeler ME880's are good all around tires that will last a bit longer.

Here's an Excel Spreadsheet that lists all known BIAS ply tires (mileage, handling, etc) that fit our stock rims:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...x%20Tires.xlsx
If you don't have Excel installed you can use this viewer to look at the tire spreadsheet:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl...ils.aspx?id=10
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Old 12-30-2014, 02:18 AM
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Check out the Michellin Commander 2 tires. They make a 170 rear and stock size front and I've heard nothing but phenomenol things about them.

I know the 880/888 series seems to be the go to favorite around here but the michellins are probably as good, potentially even better.
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Old 12-30-2014, 03:22 AM
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Man did you open a can of worms. From what I can see is that didn't help much at all. Lol.
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Old 12-30-2014, 03:33 AM
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Rule of thumb is shinko if you want drag race traction or high speed safty. Rated for 149mph. Or if you will be hitting the twists hard . Michelin are great for rolling burnouts but be careful in the hard twists because the rear tire will slip on hard acceleration out of a turn. If you got the money go with different rim size set up but the Gen 1 will only give you $5000 or less when you go to sell it. In most cases
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Old 12-30-2014, 04:01 AM
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Man did you open a can of worms. From what I can see is that didn't help much at all. Lol.
LOL I just got a bike with the vgas set up pre-installed so everytime I ask about it I open one up xD

From what I can tell this Jon guy was the wrong type of superstar around here o.o

Either way, I'm sure the Michellins have cons as well, I know the shinkos grip crazy well but I think the 880/888s handle the same as the michellins (michellins just last longer due to higher density rubber or something like that)

But hey I'm no tire expert xD seems like most here like the 880s, so there's probably a reason I'm alone on this

Before I say anything else, I haven't had the chance to try the 880/888s or shinkos
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