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I realize this has probably been discussed in the past, however I'm a new owner of a 2014 Burgundy Valkyrie.

I am looking to replace my tires and having a hard time finding a exact match. I have found a couple Bias ply options, but since the book calls for a radial I'm curious what others are running.

Also I have found several options in a 200/55 R17...will this fit the rear of the bike. The reason I ask is it is made by more manufacturers and is easier to get.

One last question...ME888 or Commander III...preferences?
 

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You are not alone. As far as I know, Dunlop is the only manufacturer of radial front tires in the Valkyrie size of 130/60R19. There are several options in the stock rear size.

To answer your last question, I like both the Metzler and the Michelin. I think the ME888 comes in a 200/50R17 which is a closer match to the stock size, 180/55R17, than the 200/55R17. I think the 200/5017 Metzler would be a good choice for two-up and touring with heavy loads. Metzlers are frequently attributed to having long mileage which I have never been able to achieve. I'm strongly considering the Metzler ME888 in 200/50-R17 when my current rear Dunlop wears out.
 

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I realize this has probably been discussed in the past, however I'm a new owner of a 2014 Burgundy Valkyrie.

I am looking to replace my tires and having a hard time finding a exact match. I have found a couple Bias ply options, but since the book calls for a radial I'm curious what others are running.

Also I have found several options in a 200/55 R17...will this fit the rear of the bike. The reason I ask is it is made by more manufacturers and is easier to get.

One last question...ME888 or Commander III...preferences?
I recently installed Avon tires. Front is Bias rear is radial but I cannot tell any difference in the ride and Avon tech support recommended this match up. I have had great mileage and service from Avon in the past and the bike handles really well since replacing the factory Dunlop's, I think there are many other tires that do just as well:

COBRA CHROME 130/60B19 FRONT
Avon Spirit ST Sport Touring Tires Rear 180/55ZR17 (73W)
 

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I did a lot of looking and these are the best match I found and both are radials. The load rating on the front is about 30# lighter, however the heat rating on both are higher. Thanks for the link Sixshooter...good information


Michelin Road 5 Trail Motorcycle Tires
Michelin Road 5 Trail Motorcycle Tires

J&P Part #305-3664
Position: Front
Tire Size Description: 120/70ZR19 60W

Michelin Road 5 GT Motorcycle Tires
Michelin Road 5 GT Motorcycle Tires

J&P Part #440-1736
Position: Rear
Tire Size Description: 180/55ZR17 73W
 

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ME 888 or Mich Cdr III... I've had both and strongly prefer the Mich, but to each his own. Having had to replace a flat with whatever the shop had on hand, I learned it wasn't so critical to me to have a matching set anymore. I've heard Avons are also highly rated by a lot of Valk 1800 riders, but I've not tried them.
 

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I realize this has probably been discussed in the past, however I'm a new owner of a 2014 Burgundy Valkyrie.

I am looking to replace my tires and having a hard time finding a exact match. I have found a couple Bias ply options, but since the book calls for a radial I'm curious what others are running.

Also I have found several options in a 200/55 R17...will this fit the rear of the bike. The reason I ask is it is made by more manufacturers and is easier to get.

One last question...ME888 or Commander III...preferences?
yes the 200 55 17 will fit and its the biggest one you can use, I use Michelin Road commanders, if they are good enough for the police then they are good enough for me...
I hoped that I was able to help you in some small way...
 
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