Oh NO, a girl in the "Garage"...
I was just curious as to what everyone thinks is the best brand tire for general riding on a Harley Davidson Softail. I have always gone back to the Harley dealer, but they seem too expensive. But when I called the local motorcycle shop, they asked me what brand tire I wanted. I guess I didn't realize you could actually choose a brand, I thought they were just Harley Davidson tires.
You are welcome in our gargage any time.
I have tried just about every manufacturer of motorcycle tire available, and have now gone back to the standard Dunlop that comes with the bike. You should be able to get these tires at a lower cost from your local motorcycle shop. You can get them with or without the Harley Davidson written on the side.
I have always run the Dunlop D402 (comes stock on most Harley touring bikes), which has the best load carrying ability. I am going to try the new D407 on my next change. they say it has everything the D402 has with an improved thread pattern.
You can compare the different Dunlop Motorcycle Tires here
Just for reference, here is what I thought about each of the different tires I have tried.
Dunlop - Best all round value. These tires are just soft enough to give the average rider all the traction they need, and the thread pattern works pretty well on wet pavement. The tires are not so soft that they wear out too fast, so economically they will save you money in the long run.
Metzeler - To me these had a little better performance. They are softer then the Dunlop which gives them a little more grip in the turns, but they wear out much faster because they are soft...especially on a Harley which has a lot of low end tourque and wears back tires faster then many other bikes. If you are not scraping your floorboards going into turns, then the diference in cost is probably not worth it to you.
Avon - Did not like these tires at all. Very splippery on wet pavement and did not last at all.