I had intially had issues with these tires they seem to be tempermental to tire pressures, I found you either need to be on spec or just a tad under, if your over pressure even 2 PSI they seem to be twitchy. I dont care for the stock tires much but I have had good luck with Avon's and the Excedra Max tires.Hey folks,
new CTX 1300 owner here. Thanks for having me on this forum
I've just bought a CTX 1300 here in Germany with 15.000 km's on the odo and it looks like the bike still has the original stock Dunlop tires on it. On my first 700 km ride where I brought the bike from the previous owners place to mine I noticed that the cornering wasn't very smooth at all. Very 'wobbly' with lots of adjustment needed mid-corner. It could be that I'm out of practice but I'm going to go with worn tires, for now So I'm on the hunt for new tires.
I've read through many of the threads on this forum and read that many people get lots of km's/miles on the Dunlops but aren't excited about the performance, which matches my first impression, although, mine are worn so that's not the fairest of first impressions.
I've further read that some people are using Metzeler 888 and 880, however, my previous experience with Metzler tires on an enduro bike (Yamaha XT600 and/or KTM 640 Adventure, can't remember) weren't the best in terms of longevity. So I don't remember what bike I had them on but I do remember that I wasn't happy with the durability. So they're out of the race.
Apart from these two and the Bridgestone stock and Excedra Max, which seem to give reasonable mileage and good performance, I've read that some people are excited about the Avon tires in terms of them being a good balance between performance, price and mileage, however, I think I read that someone had a blown rear tire, so that's not comforting at all.
I then saw that many people seem to be happy with the Michelin Commander 2 with some getting up to 40.000 km's! out of them while still getting very good performance. I then looked them up and saw that Michelin has just released the Commander 3, which is supposed to match the mileage of the MC 2 while further improving performance (especially in wet conditions).
So naturally, I am wondering if anyone has already given these tires a go and has some real-life experience that they are able to share?
I hope all is well with all of you in these crazy times and look forward to your thoughts