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Dunlop 250 Tire question

What are the problems that people have with the tire? I have heard a few that like the tire, but the vast majority do not............why? Is it a harder tire, too soft and wears to quick, too slick?
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I like the rear D250 it is a harder tire and I get about 14000-15000 out of it . I do a lot of slab driving back and forth to work and this tire wears good for me. It is a harder tire and I think that is what most that ride the curves hard don't like about it.

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D250's were on my 08 from factory, got 17K out of the front and 18K from back. Most of my driving is on two lane roads with one up. Watch your air pressure and you will be fine. Many flame Dunlop tires but I never had any problems with them. I currently have E3's installed.
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I didn't like them much at all, wasnt real happy with the wet weather performance and the noise/cupping, mine were replaced at 9k and man were they junk! However its like anything and everything else, some love them and some don't , I just happen to not like them and tried Metzelers, Stones and Avon Cobra and thanks to Bulldog at www.shinhopples.com. He convinced me to try the Avon Cobra's and that's now my tire of choice, I have had great luck with them, rode on a set to Alaska,12K plus miles in 39-106 degree weather, many different road conditions and made it round trip with them and no issues, actually when I went for new tires the installer could not believe I rode that far in those conditions on those tires.Anyway its personal preference and what makes you feel confident and comfortable, I also use Dynabeads and have Racetech front suspension and traxxion rear shock.

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What are the problems that people have with the tire? I have heard a few that like the tire, but the vast majority do not............why? Is it a harder tire, too soft and wears to quick, too slick?
Thanks for the info.
The 250 is one of the best tires I ran until I went to a car tire. Got around 22K, but got over 40K from the Kuhmo runflat I ran after that. Now I'm a double dark sider. I think you will be happy with the 250.
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I'm not a good enough rider to quantify "why" I do not like the E3 I currently have on the front of my bike. All I can say is the feedback I get from the tire does not inspire confidence when I try a spirited ride on a twisty road. Could definitely be a symptom of the Michelin CT on the rear, too. The bike just does not want to lean (and stay leaned) through corners. "Nervous and active counter-steering" is the best way I can think to describe bombing a corner. On the Bridgestones the dealer installed when I bought the bike used it was just, well, fun to hit the twisties.

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I suspect the D250 is a harder grade of rubber. I just know it slid around when pushed hard in the rain. I suspect if you just go in straight lines and slow they are OK

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The 250 is one of the best tires I ran until I went to a car tire. Got around 22K, but got over 40K from the Kuhmo runflat I ran after that. Now I'm a double dark sider. I think you will be happy with the 250.
Who cares..........LOL...Don't ya think if he wanted to hear about car tires he would go to the darkside forum..
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What are the problems that people have with the tire? I have heard a few that like the tire, but the vast majority do not............why? Is it a harder tire, too soft and wears to quick, too slick?
Thanks for the info.
Back to the question: They seem to wear really good but hard rubber and wet roads do not mix...Only ever ran one set they came on the bike stock...Never again...Just my 2 cents...
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I'm not a good enough rider to quantify "why" I do not like the E3 I currently have on the front of my bike. All I can say is the feedback I get from the tire does not inspire confidence when I try a spirited ride on a twisty road. Could definitely be a symptom of the Michelin CT on the rear, too. The bike just does not want to lean (and stay leaned) through corners. "Nervous and active counter-steering" is the best way I can think to describe bombing a corner. On the Bridgestones the dealer installed when I bought the bike used it was just, well, fun to hit the twisties.
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