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COMMANDER 2

MICHELIN

RANKING: #6 Cruiser Tire

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Tire Description

A new standard in cruiser tire longevity Commissioned third-party tests show that the Michelin Commander 2 rear tire lasts almost twice as long its main competitors, the Metzeler ME 880 and the Dunlop D407/408. Amplified Density Technology: A highly dense, more-rigid tire casing, which helps deliver excellent feedback and handling. Commander II Square Beed-WireSquare bead-wire package improves casing rigidity, handling and ease of installation. 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. A groundbreaking new look Unique tread pattern for head-turning looks. Premium sidewall treatment complements cruiser styling.

PROS:

  • Stability

  • Wet handling

  • Value 

CONS:

Overall Review

The Michelin Commander 2 is one of the highest rated cruiser tires. Many riders who have been riding for a while say this is the best tire they have used. Riders prefer the Commander 2 over the Avon Venoms. The Metzeler 880 is also one of the highest rated cruiser tires and multiple riders say the Commander 2 matches up very well.

Reviews by Source

234 reviews. 4.7 of 5 stars. On a 2012 Road Glide – handles well in rain, is stable and tracks straight. On an Ultra Classic – have tried Avon, Metzeler, Dunlop and the Michelin Commanders are the best of the group. On a 2001 FLHT – used on a trip in varied riding conditions, best performing tire has used. On a 2008 Harley FXSTC – had Pirelli Night Dragons on but had terrible tread life, best tire in 35 years of riding Harleys. On a Harley Ultra – has been riding motorcycles most of their life, best tire have owned. On a 2004 Wide Glide – had been using Metzeler 880, matches up very well to the 880.

Front and Rear. 43 reviews. 4.8 of 5 stars. On a 2005 Harley Ultra Classic – grip is awesome and handles like a dream one or two up, much better than Dunlop. On a Suzuki Boulevard M50 – have ridden 5,000 miles and tires still look new, on dry road can scrape pegs, stable in the rain, huge bang for the buck. Another says the Commander 2 handles better than OEM Dunlop in wet and dry, ride is smoother and quieter.

131 reviews. 4.7 of 5 stars. On a 2006 Super Glide – have had all different types of tires, has never felt more in control, have deep tread so wet traction is fantastic. On a Road King – have tried all brands and this is the best so far, old Dunlops would track on grooved pavement. On a 2009 Harley Super Glide FXD – had used Metzeler 880, handles just as well. On a Victory – had Avon Venoms before and had cracking, handling and cornering is superb. Another says Commander 2 was half the price and twice the tire compared to Avon Venoms.

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COMMANDER 2

MICHELIN

RANKING: #6 Cruiser Tire