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I finally got new skins! I went with the Michelin Commander 2's. The front tire is the stock size 100/90 19 57H, while the rear I went off the reservation and got a 160/70 17 73V a bias tire. Excited to see how it does.
 

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I finally got new skins! I went with the Michelin Commander 2's. The front tire is the stock size 100/90 19 57H, while the rear I went off the reservation and got a 160/70 17 73V a bias tire. Excited to see how it does.
I put those on my old Harley Dyna. Seemed like they would last forever. Gave me no issues tho.

A close up of how you’ve mounted your license plate would be appreciated when you get a minute too!! :grin2:
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I've nicely squared off the rear in 5K - maybe time to look for some skins for the bolt wheels I have sitting around … so I can truly be an outcast here and as we all know del-petey over on Bolt forum has already outcasted me from there - so I'll be my own forum.
Just me and my SCRTloB and 2 sets of wheels and a koso DL-03 gauge and a dream …
 

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I finally got new skins! I went with the Michelin Commander 2's. The front tire is the stock size 100/90 19 57H, while the rear I went off the reservation and got a 160/70 17 73V a bias tire. Excited to see how it does.
I'm curious how the larger, non-radial rear tire does in place of the OEM one, too. The Commanders were a big improvement over the stock Dunlops on Genny's V-Star 950.
She's gotten a ton of miles out of them and they still have good tread.
 

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I'm curious how the larger, non-radial rear tire does in place of the OEM one, too. The Commanders were a big improvement over the stock Dunlops on Genny's V-Star 950.
She's gotten a ton of miles out of them and they still have good tread.
Eddie,
100 miles doesn't really give me an accurate picture of how these tires are going to fair but, what I did notice right away is how much looser or free the bike is. it just seems to want to dive into the turns without feeling like I have to force it into them. At low speeds it doesn't feel like a slug either, it feels like its on edge maybe because the rear tire still has a radius on it :smile2: I don't know, we'll see.
 

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One other thing I noticed is that my rear wheel was way out of alignment!! possibly when the dealer fixed the rear flat I had a while back they just threw the wheel on and didn't check the alignment, but I've been scrubbing down the road sideways chewing up the factory tire. The lesson here is never assume the dealer knows what he's doing always check their work.....
 

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Ben, I'll look up some pics and post when I get a chance
Cheers, el-duderino.

One other thing I noticed is that my rear wheel was way out of alignment!! possibly when the dealer fixed the rear flat I had a while back they just threw the wheel on and didn't check the alignment, but I've been scrubbing down the road sideways chewing up the factory tire. The lesson here is never assume the dealer knows what he's doing always check their work.....
Yeah, if they only used the marks on the swing arm, they’re pretty inaccurate.

Eddie,
100 miles doesn't really give me an accurate picture of how these tires are going to fair but, what I did notice right away is how much looser or free the bike is. it just seems to want to dive into the turns without feeling like I have to force it into them. At low speeds it doesn't feel like a slug either, it feels like its on edge maybe because the rear tire still has a radius on it :smile2: I don't know, we'll see.
Ive been wondering about this for a while with the stock treads - being knobbly tyres mainly used on tarmac/asphalt, how inefficient are they? As in, are they sapping a bit of power which could be more usefully/efficiently transferred into forward-motion? A guy responded to @srinath on the Bolt forum recently re this, and suggested we could be losing 10% by persisting with knobblies on asphalt, which I think could maybe be about right.

What this leads me to think is that, when it comes time to change, I may take @eddie ‘s advice re the Anakees, given they still have a funky-looking tread (to suit the style of bike), but look like they will probably roll a lot smoother, with less resistance etc.
Ben
 
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yeah, if they only used the marks on the swing arm, they’re pretty inaccurate.
Ben
They didn't even use the marks! my adjusting bolts were about .160 different. Thats a lot. Now their about .040 measuring from the front swing arm to the axle bolts on both sides
 
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