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Which 70 Series Rear Tire Do You Like?

  • Dunlop – Elite 3 - 180/70R16 H (130 mph) 77 (908 lbs)

    Votes: 1 16.7%
  • Bridgestone – G702 180/70HR16 77H (910 lbs)

    Votes: 2 33.3%
  • Metzeler – 180/70HR16 H (130 mph) 77 (908 lbs)

    Votes: 1 16.7%
  • Avon Cobra - 180/70HR16 H (130 mph) 77 (908 lbs)

    Votes: 2 33.3%
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I'm thinking of trying a 70 series GL1800 rear tire. At the risk of starting another tire thread, which 70 series tires are most popular? There are four that I've looked at:

•Dunlop – Elite 3 - 180/70R-16 180/70R16 H (130 mph) 77 (908 lbs)
•Bridgestone – G702 series Rear 180/70HR16 77H (910 lbs)
•Metzeler – 180/70HR16 H (130 mph) 77 (908 lbs)
•Avon Cobra - 180/70HR16 H (130 mph) 77 (908 lbs)

I am leaning towards Elite 3 or the Stone. Generally I like 60 series Stones, but 70 series MC tires are a bit of a different animal for all brands. (Like sidewall strength.)

PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND IF YOU HAVE NO EXPERIENCE WITH A 70 SERIES TIRE. I'M ONLY INTERESTED IN 70 SERIES EXPERIENCE.
 

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This poll seems to be biased as far as my preferences for a rear tire.;) However I did have the Elite 3 and it served me as well as I could imagine.
 

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I liked the E3 best for 70 series because of exactly what you mentioned, sidewall strength. If you go to the tire dealership, put an unmounted E3 next to any of the other three and compare the sidewall strength. You will find that the E3 is the most solid. I noticed the same when the tire was mounted and aired up. The E3 had the most stable sidewall. Now I run a 205/60/16 Falken ZE912.
 

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If it is extra height and load rating you are looking for you might consider the Michelin Commander II as well. It is a 180/65/16 but man is it tall. I replaced a tire that was 25.2" tall and I noticed the extra height right away--must be 26" tall anyway. It's load rated at about 1,050 lbs. I believe. It's a bias ply but I noticed no difference from that over a radial. It seems to ride great--I was coming from a car tire so I thought the motorcycle tire would feel rough. But it feels very good with the Centramatics.

I've run the 180/70 E3 on my lowered cruiser and it's a fine tire as well--seems to be holding up well to the start/stop riding I do with that bike. But I don't care for it on wet pavement.
 

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I run the Avon Cobra 70 rear and I trust it more in the wet than any of the others. I have enough miles on it now that it is cupping. But every tire ever ran on this bike has done that. Next time the centramaticis might help.
 

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The Valkyrie came stock with the180/70/16 E3 and that is what I run on my 97 Tourer. Have considered it for my 2012 Wing but it is somewhat taller. Am seriously thinking the Commander ll 180/65/16 will be the next one on my Wing. A friend got 16,500 on his E3s on his Valkyrie. The E3 could almost be considered a run flat with the stiff sidewalls. Have accidently ran the front E3 flat and the only thing I noticed was I had to muscle it to turn, that's when I decided something was wrong.
 

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If it is extra height and load rating you are looking for you might consider the Michelin Commander II as well. It is a 180/65/16 but man is it tall. I replaced a tire that was 25.2" tall and I noticed the extra height right away--must be 26" tall anyway. It's load rated at about 1,050 lbs. I believe. It's a bias ply but I noticed no difference from that over a radial. It seems to ride great--I was coming from a car tire so I thought the motorcycle tire would feel rough. But it feels very good with the Centramatics.

I've run the 180/70 E3 on my lowered cruiser and it's a fine tire as well--seems to be holding up well to the start/stop riding I do with that bike. But I don't care for it on wet pavement.
How long have you been running Michelin Commander II? Im thinking of them, but worry that they are bias tires and not radia.
 

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How long have you been running Michelin Commander II? Im thinking of them, but worry that they are bias tires and not radia.
I just put it on this Fall--I only have about 1,000 miles on it I think. One of my riding buddies is running one on his Victory Vision and has 15k on it and he's been quite pleased--he's trying to wear it out so he can put his Centramatics on. He thinks he'll get a few thousand more miles before he changes it out. I can't feel any difference in how it handles as opposed to the OEM radial--but others may be more sensitive.
 
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