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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-27-2019, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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I own a 2010 1800, on the back I gave Michelin 2 commander . I've had it for over a year an 20 k with no issues. I want to put the same tire on the front but the dealership said its not recommended, any suggestions
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-28-2019, 05:25 AM
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Ask him about a Bridgestone Battlax BT45 for a front tire. If he says the same thing then I would question his negation of the Commander II. Now I have never heard of a Commander II on the front of a Wing, but there are plenty of Battlax BT45 Wing riders out there. I will be one on the next front tire change.

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I don't have any experience with the Michelin tires. I do run a rear battle axe on the front of my Wing for the same reason a car tire is on the back. Don't think I've seen a Michelin rear up front either like Lee said but I really don't know why it wouldn't work.

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Unless things have changed, the Commander tire wasn't rated for the Goldwing, medium to (some) heavyweight cruisers yes, but not full dress tourers. The Battlax is an alternative to a regular m/c radial (709, E4, Avon etc) for the 1800, just not one I happen to subscribe to...
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-28-2019, 08:32 AM
I tried a Michelin Pilot Ativ 130/70 18 rear tire on the front a few years ago. Used 2oz. of balance beads in it, removed tire after 10k miles due to severe cupping. Used an Avon Cobra trike front tire after that and got 17k miles out of that. I am now running a Bridgestone Battlax BT45, have 12k on it and can barely see any wear yet.

tread depth 9/32" new-----7/32 with 12k
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The verdict is in. The Battlax BT45 is the alternative tire for the Goldwing and no one should tell you it's not recommended.

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here is the dealio in my opinion. at least partially gathered from working in a tire store and seeing what we were allowed to mount on what vehicle.

the profile of the rear rim and front rim are the same, the only difference is width and diameter.

if it is a motorcycle tire designed to handle at least the weight of the wing, it should perform just fine on the front. Tiresdesigned for the rear of a bike are engineered to handle an acceleration load and a braking load. The front tire only needs the braking load, so a rear tire would be more than capable for the front.

otherwise, both tires lean the same, the both go the same speed.
A Dunlap E4 is barely rated to handle the weight of an empty wing.

I run the BT/45 on the front, will be posting its update at the anniversary of its install in the Darkside thread later in the year.

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I had the battlax bt-45 on my 04 wing. Had 34,000 miles on it when I sold it this past February, and it passed state inspection. Plenty of tread left. I will definitely go back to that tire when the time comes.
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I had the battlax bt-45 on my 04 wing. Had 34,000 miles on it when I sold it this past February, and it passed state inspection. Plenty of tread left. I will definitely go back to that tire when the time comes.
Another testimonial .

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