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Michelin Commander 2 Rear Tires Peformance Features Unrivaled tire life Michelin tests with a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic prove a rear Michelin Commander II is capable of covering up to 40,000 kilometers (Almost 25,000 miles). The Michelin Commander II creates a new standard in regards to durability, without making compromises in wet weather grip, maneuverability or stability Silica Rain Technology integrates silica into the compound of the tire tread in order to prevent all forms of uneven wear The exclusive architecture of the Michelin Commander II brings both maneuverability and stability. The tires rigid, high-density carcass improves maneuverability, while the aramid fiber crown ply of the rear tire enhances resistance and lightness for impeccable stability, even at high speeds Numerous longitudinal grooves of the new tire's tread pattern optimize water dispersal for outstanding wet weather grip Independent tests show that the Michelin Commander II rear tire lasts almost twice as long its main competitors, the Metzeler ME 880 and the Dunlop D407/408. Technological Features Amplified Density Technology A highly dense, more-rigid tire casing, which helps deliver excellent feedback and handling Aramid tread plies on the rear tire resist centrifugal growth, reduce weight and provide excellent stability All-new rubber compounds for remarkable wet grip, without compromising durability Square bead wires improve casing rigidity, handling and ease of installation Styling Features Unique tread pattern for head-turning looks Premium sidewall treatment complements cruiser styling Please Note Check your manufacturer's specifications for required load ratings when replacing OE Tires. Please Note 200/55R17 tire is a radial tire.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Don't even look at another tire.
PostedJuly 12, 2012
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geekysteve
From Madison
State:WI
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Grip 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tread life 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Wet Traction 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Michelin has done the impossible - they've transformed my 2004 Harley Davidson Road King from a wandering, wobbly, uninspiring slob of a bike into a sure-footed, stable, pavement-pulling Hoover.
The difference between the factory issue Dunlop tires and the Michelin Commander is immeasurable - there isn't any quantifiable way to accurately describe how fantastic the Michelin Commander II tires are.
Cornering and braking are drastically improved - I regularly scrape the foot boards on corners; lean angle confidence is unreal. The bike is as sure-footed in a full lean as it is when traveling straight. My braking distances have decreased significantly as well, and braking is much more predictable, with less lock-up. I can stop shorter and straighter than I ever could with the factory Dunlops.
My only complaint? I wish they had a wide whitewall option... I miss the wide whites, but given the increase in performance, it's something I can live with.
Do yourself a favor and buy these tires now. Don't hesitate - your bike will thank you! Revzilla's price and service were (as usual) beyond top notch as well. I ordered the tires on a Tuesday and had them on Thursday. WOW!
Oh, and for sizing... the 140/90-16 fit my stock wheel/bags/suspension perfectly on the rear, and the 130/90-16 fit the front without any issues, either. Get these!!
Rides: 2004 Harley Davidson FLHRC/I Road King Classic
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Alpinestars CR-4 Gore-Tex XCR Boots Brand new for Fall 2011, the Alpinestars CR-4 Gore-Tex XCR Boots offer motorcycle protection with hiking-boot style and comfort. They'll get you through the worst of weather conditions thanks to the Gore-Tex XCR waterproof and breathable membrane. Although it is quite a mouthful, the Alpinestars CR-4 Gore-Tex Boots deliver in performance what they lack in brevity. That is to say, we think the Alpinestars CR4 Boots will be some of the most popular motorcycle boots for Fall 2011. Features Upper constructed from a combination of PU coated leather, suede and textile Breathable mesh lining on the collar and tongue and features waterproof and highly breathable GORE-TEX XCR membrane Foam backed, double density impact protector on the both sides of the ankle Internal toe and heel counter are layered under the leather Hiking boot style lace system with metal eyelets and top hooks Wrap-around rubber outsole reinforced with metal shank in the heel and a TPU shank in the Plantar Arch for enhanced rigidity PU coated leather shift area Reflective inserts on the rear of the boot Shock absorbing EVA midsole Mesh lined, anatomically profiled EVA foam footbed Note Anthracite/Red colorway is more Orange than Red.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Good; not great
PostedJune 22, 2012
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geekysteve
From Madison
State:WI
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
Footbed
Narrow
Wide
Wide
I wanted a pair of riding boots that would provide protection to my feet and ankles without being overly bulky or screaming, "HEY! I RIDE A MOTORCYCLE!!"
After watching the reviews and doing a fair amount of research, I decided to give these Alpinestars a try. I'm quite familiar with Euro sizing and knew that I wear a 47 in dress shoes and a 46 in bicycling shoes. This put me in a quandary... I opted for the 46 (US 12.5).
The boots took a few days to ship; 'Zilla must not have them in stock. Once shipped, they arrived within 2 days - thanks again to 'Zilla and UPS!
The boots arrived and I immediately surveyed the ankle protection, and was disappointed to find none. I was expecting some type of armor or additional padding in this critical area, but these boots are nearly identical to what you'd find in a traditional hiking boot. If you're looking for armor, look elsewhere.
The toes feature a faux carbon toe protector; there isn't any additional protection like a composite or steel toe box. Again, think normal hiking boot with a little "motorcycle" trim.
The soles are standard issue - black rubber with the Alpinestars logo. A rectangular patch of reflective finish adorns the area just above the heel cup.
The fit is a bit large - I have plenty of wiggle room in the heel, mid-foot, and toe box. In hindsight, I should've ordered a 45, which is shocking because any other 45 would have me cramped-up something fierce (I wear a US 13 in most shoes).
Walking around in them, they feel only slightly bulky - primarily due to the oversizing and the stiff sole. Sitting in them after a full day of work, and my feet felt quite hot. On the bike, there's enough airflow to cool your dogs.
All-in-all, I'm not terribly impressed with the boot, but I'm not upset enough to return them... I'll keep looking for another option that features real armor/protection in the heel/ankle/toe area. I could've just worn my Marmot boots and had a similar experience to the $200 Alpinestars.
I'd like to give this product a 2.5 star rating, but I'll go with 3...
Rides: 2004 Harley Davidson FLHRC/I Road King Classic
Yes, I recommend this product.
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