Some good discussions since yesterday, here and elsewhere. Here’s a great article that came up, and it is very much in agreement with a lot of the comments that I received: https://www.baggersmag.com/best-long...-touring-tires
. “Dunlop claims you can cross the US six times before needing to replace its new Elite 4 tires,” and Michelin Commander II’s are ‘rated for 25,000 miles’ (I’ve been running the bias ply on the front for 13,000 miles and it still looks nearly new) I’m sure most people won’t get near 25,000 miles on the rear
of a bike as heavy and high torque as a Valk 1800, but even half of the manufacturer’s claim would be wayyyy better than the 4,000 – 7,000 that many of us are seeing and accepting as normal.
But there’s a catch - apparently neither the Elite 4 and Commander II, are made in a radial in the stock size (180/60). I do find them both in a 200/55ZR 17 and I’ve seen reports where some Valk 1800 riders are running 200/55 and very happy, but there was also at least one report that (something part I didn’t recognize and now can’t remember) had to be modified. I spoke with my local Honda dealer and they thought the 200/55 would fit, and they had no objection to trying to mount it, or even darkside if that’s what I wanted!
Meanwhile, they mounted a Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT in stock size that I had ordered in a hurry so I can get riding again, and I’ll see if my next 10,000 miles are like Gonochi87’s, as I try to do as many rural twisties as I can, but there’s a lot of straight highway miles on the way out of town.