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post #81 of 89 (permalink) Old 08-19-2020, 09:45 AM
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I now have about 2,000 miles on the Bridgestone H50 Battlecruiser tires on my Valkyrie. I am still very pleased with them and they are still not showing any appreciable wear. I have had them in the rain a number of times including a storm that was blowing sideways so hard that when we finally stopped under a bridge overpass we were still getting soaked and the tires were great with almost an inch of water over the road.
Thanks BobR24, I still have the stock dunlops on mine and holycrap, i got caught in the rain three weeks ago and my back tire was breaking grip so easy, really unsafe if you ask me. I can't wait to get my new sneakers on her. Thanks for you input!!!!
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I know this is an old thread, but just mounted the Michelin pilot road 5 (maybe just called the”road 5”)
185/55-17 rear
120/70-19 front (road 5 trail)

I know any new tire is going to be a “wow” moment compared to the old worn ones......but WOW.
I don’t recall the bike feeling so planted or handling so well.
Just put on so no rain yet.

Few notes, the rear rim comes off just like a car, lug nuts and the studs and rotor remain behind. Careful of the now exposed studs as they will easily scratch the rim. I did not remove the fender as described in the service manual.

Front rim is straightforward, just follow the manual. I did not use new brake caliper bolts. Questioning the need to even remove them but I’m sure it makes it easier to get the wheel on.
Tire did not want to seat, but eventually did.

I did not balance. Static balance to least objectionable tire position, then used “ride on” sealant to balance out. 8 oz bottles. 2 in the rear, one in the front per their recommended dosage.

Bought from revzilla , awesome customer service. I had originally ordered the wrong front 17 instead of 19 (my fault entirely). They Emailed me new prepaid label, and sent the correct size. I can not recommend these guys enough if you’re in the market for bike stuff.

Anyway, hope this helps someone.
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Anybody using this combination ?

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Yup, those are the exact tires I just mounted.
listed wrong in my post, couldnt edit.
180/55-17 rear
120/70-19 front
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I'm running Metzeler Cruisetec 01s on Hilda, 180/55 ZR17 rear and 120/70 ZR19 front. Just completed a 3400km ride towing a camper with a mix of wet and dry roads and they worked great, 40PSI front 42PSI rear. The rear has actually done about 8000km towing so is starting to flatten out a bit in the middle but still sticks well in the wet. I see they have discontinued the 180 but they have a 200 in the lineup so that may be the next tyre.

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I actually stuffed up in my previous post. The rear is a Metzler Roadtec 01 180/55/zr17 in GT spec, (front is a Cruisetec). I went for couple of rides on the weekend and despite the slight flattening the rear still holds on very well. These tyres appear to wear very well. I'll be interested to see how they go over the next 12 months.

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I found some Avon Cobra Chrome: 130/60/19 bias ply front V-91 and a 200/55/17 rear radial that Dennis Kirk is selling and I bought that are supposed to be a purrrfect set for our 1800 VALK, they are scheduled for Friday being installed on Saturday... give feedback on Sunday 5-17-20... Todd from Tucson...😎
I didn't see the update. How easy a fit was the 200/55?

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I just put a new set front and rear of the stock Dunlops from my local dealer. I had the same ones on the bike when I bought it and never had problems. I do not generally ride in the rain, so I cannot comment on their handling in the rain but I have had no issues on concrete, asphalt or (gravel roads - going slow). If I ride them in the rain I will update here and let everyone know. I also ride South Texas where it is hot and humid vs potential ice and snow. Here are the specs and cost for me to replace.


These are factory part numbers from the receipt:

Front Tire - Part Number - 44711-MJR-673 $199.99
Rear Tire - Part Number - 42711-MJR-673 $229.99
Parts ST $429.98
Mount and Balance Labor $99.00
Total $528.98


This dealership also keeps a front and rear set of these tires in stock just for 2014-2015 Valkyries which is one reason why I use them for service. It also cost more if you bring in your own tires and let them mount them and balance. The $99.00 is a lower price if you use tires purchased from the dealership. They will find other tires, but since they are a dealer they can only mount what is recommended for the bike. So once again, your options are limited with radials. I just stick with these and as long as I can ride comfortably, I am happy.
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I didn't see the update. How easy a fit was the 200/55?
Still looking for confirmation before I buy a tire. Who is running a 200/55R with no modifications needed, and any of those Commander II or III?

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