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post #1 of 28 Old 01-08-2017, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Made in USA Tire for DL650?

Won't be too long until I need a new rear tire. Have searched the net and this forum to find a USA made rear tire that will fit my 2014 DL650 but have found nothing. Did find out that Dunlop makes some motorcycle tires in USA but not in the size or type needed. I believe in buying at home first to support my fellow citizens if the item needed is "in the ballpark" regarding price and quality. I'm pretty confident those on the forum from other countries do likewise. I'm certainly not trying to dis anyone or any country...after all I bought a Japanese Motorcycle as adventure bikes made in USA are pretty much non-existent. Anyone know of a dual sport (80% street or so) tire that will fit DL650 that is made in the USA?
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post #2 of 28 Old 01-09-2017, 07:43 AM
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Dunlop built a tire plant in New Jersey I think a while back. They have a Roadsmart rear in the correct size, but that is a road only tire. Any not particularly good. I bought one, like you glad it was USA made, for my RT and found it to be a poor wearing, poor handling tire compared to others. I don't know of any other brands made in the US. Dunlop probably only went with the USA plant to appease Harley Davidson as they are the main supplier to them.

While I respect the "buy USA", it is not likely to work in this case.
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WERKS modified clutch baskets for DL and SV 1000's.
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WERKS Quiet Ride windshields for 2012+ DL 650-transform your V strom. Nothing compares.
Have questions about the Quiet Ride or clutch in your DL or SV 1000? E-mail Terry info@werksparts.com
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Or, drive a US made car from an American car maker and feel better.
Taurus!
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The top five cars for American content are all from foreign companies. https://www.cars.com/articles/the-20...1420684865874/
It's a global economy. Thinking we know which products support American companies and workers the most is, at best, low odds guesswork.

BTW, rubber is not a USA product.
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Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014+ DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012+ DL650s
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Greywolf's point is quite correct.
However my Taurus endorsement is also correct.
Taurus Cyclone engine made in Lima, OH
Taurus 6F50 Transaxle made in Sterling Heights, MI
Taurus assembly plant: Chicago, IL
That's American made.
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If you can believe Wikipedia Corker tires are made in America.
I was just looking at these recently. Modern materials and the tread patterns are certainly what we would describe as 80/20 today.
https://www.cokertire.com/tires/styl...ycle-bike.html

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Coker tires are not mainstream. They buy rights from Firestone, Goodyear, etc. and make tires for restored cars and bikes. Good tires, definitely improved from the originals, but not tires you would buy for your everyday bike or car. I have seen many sets on cars at shows, and may get a set for the Shelby soon.
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Taurus Cyclone engine made in Lima, OH
Taurus 6F50 Transaxle made in Sterling Heights, MI
Taurus assembly plant: Chicago, IL
That's American made.
There you go. If you want to support an ideal, do your homework and make sure what you are supporting actually fits your ideal, don't assume.

Also, spending your money on poor quality supports shoddy manufacturing, which ultimately is bad for the company and its workers. Such a company isn't likely to be around long with that attitude. Support quality as part of your ideals, like Real Shelby did with his tire report.
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Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014+ DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012+ DL650s
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Last edited by greywolf; 01-09-2017 at 01:03 PM. Reason: Whoops, transposed two of my favorite people on that tire report
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Dunlop Trailsmart, used to be called the Trailmax........damn good tire, I ran the Trailmax and really liked it.

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/2...10trailsmarts/

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That this thread is running on a Japanese motorcycle forum is about as funny as the sticker I saw on a Mazda many years ago...

Save the Whales. Boycott Japanese products.
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Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014+ DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012+ DL650s
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