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post #1 of 23 Old 03-21-2017, 06:16 AM Thread Starter
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What's the best rear tires to put on the newer Stroms?

I have a 2014 DL1000. It will be ridden mostly street with some gravel and virtually no dirt.

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You will get many answers but my pick for on-road touring tire would be Michelin Power Commander 2 and for 50/50 Mitas E07.

Both have good grip and go the distance.
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I was at a safety course last weekend hosted by the local police. They mentioned they have tubeless run flat tires on their bikes that can run up to 50miles at 50mph with no air pressure. Does anyone know the details of what brand, cost, performance when inflated, etc are? My only fear in riding is having a front tire blow out on a slab doing 75. I can be more common in Arizona where it's 110deg.
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I was at a safety course last weekend hosted by the local police. They mentioned they have tubeless run flat tires on their bikes that can run up to 50miles at 50mph with no air pressure. Does anyone know the details of what brand, cost, performance when inflated, etc are? My only fear in riding is having a front tire blow out on a slab doing 75. I can be more common in Arizona where it's 110deg.
Dunlop makes, or used to at least, a run-flat tire for Police bikes. It may have required a special rim, though.
For the rear, at least, you might want to look into a dark-side run-flat.

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Dunlop makes, or used to at least, a run-flat tire for Police bikes. It may have required a special rim, though.
For the rear, at least, you might want to look into a dark-side run-flat.
Thanks. What's a dark-side run flat?
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What's the best rear tires to put on the newer Stroms?

I have a 2014 DL1000. It will be ridden mostly street with some gravel and virtually no dirt.

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I was very happy with the Metzeler Tourance NEXT tires front and rear for street use. Just about perfect for me, ok for some gravel. It's a 95/5 street biased tire. I'm currently running the old standard Tourance 80/20 to explore more forest service roads.
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I'm a big fan of Michelin Pilot Roads on the Strom. Decent mileage, good traction, lovely turn-in feel and great feedback at high lean angles.
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Just the rear? No front?
You pulling a perpetual wheelie?
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Thanks. What's a dark-side run flat?
Dark Side = car tire on rear.
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I'll throw in some love for a Shinko 705. Good in gravel, good on pavement, I get about 5000 miles out of one (with a lot of two-up and loaded riding), and they're inexpensive. I like them better than the Battlewings I'm currently running on.
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