786-242-5400 | SE HABLA ESPAÑOL | MON-FRI 9-6 EST. Though I never broke traction, I erred on the side of caution, applying throttle judiciously and cornering carefully. If you do not agree to these terms, do not use the services. Michelin Commander III Touring Tire 180/65B16 Rear [81H]. I’m not the only one who thinks favorably of them because Michelin said the Commander III’s will be the OEM tire on the soon-to-be-released BMW R 18 cruiser. Even on dirt and gravel the tires handle well. Been riding, reviewing, and writing about this industry I love for 14 years and not letting up on the gas anytime soon. From upright-cruise boulevards of Daytona Beach to the grippy-edge asphalt of Southern California’s backroads, these new Michelins do the trick on both heavyweight cruisers and touring bikes. I opted for a run over to St. Augustine, Florida, the “oldest city in the U.S.” which has a rad 17th-century Spanish stone fortress that sits right on the water. Back in January I swapped the Michelin Commander IIs on my 2017 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited and 2018 115th Anniversary Heritage Softail for new Commander IIIs. The new Commander has a more rounded tire profile, and when cornering provides a bigger contact patch than its predecessor. : Michelin advises to respect the maximum load that is recommended bythe bike manufacturer. By using the any of our websites and/or making online requests of products, you agree to the terms and conditions of EPG’s Policy. Is there a specific load recommendation for Commander III ? Many products featured on this site were editorially chosen. The newest MICHELIN tyre for all types of V-Twin Cruiser bikes. Your email address will not be published. Class-Leading Mileage for Touring Bikes. Doing long days on the Ultra was a pleasure on these tires, rain or shine. I really like them over the stock rubber that came on the Heritage. Performance Without Compromise. Performance Without Compromise: MICHELIN® Commander® III tires deliver enhanced wet grip AND exceptional longevity. Class-Leading Mileage for Touring Bikes: MICHELIN® Commander® III Touring tires offer an average of 25% longer tread life among leading competitors. Michelin contributes the striations in III’s tread for the optical illusion. To ensure the best level of performance and safety, our ranges are developed based on a uniform fitting to the front and rear. Michelin had an outside company from Texas do a tread life test on the touring version of the Commander III as well. Michelin's latest cruiser tire reportedly bested its competitors’ stopping distance by an average of 16.5 feet. As we wrote in the April issue, the initial hello from the Commander IIIs at slow speeds is crisp and direct on both bikes, which is good when you’re aboard a 700-plus-pound motorcycle. 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As you’d expect, I use the Ultra for longer-distance runs and the Softail for commuting, or when I want a lighter weight machine when venturing into the Southern California mountains. The newest MICHELIN® tire for all types of V-Twin Cruisers and Touring bikes. We may offer you the ability to connect with our websites or use our applications, services, and tools using a mobile device, either through a mobile application or via a mobile optimized website. It is therefore recommended that different ranges are not mixed on the same motorcycle. We want you to know that we respect the privacy and security of our users. The sun hung high in the sky and the weather was almost perfect for riding. The MICHELIN Commander III  tyre is designed to deliver even more unmatched durability than the MICHELIN Commander II tyre. Launched in 2012, it helped Michelin establish a foothold in the North American cruiser market, a niche where its presence was lacking. Use or upgrade/install one of the following browsers to take full advantage of this website. Michelin Commander III Touring Tire 180/65B16 Rear [81H]. Granted, I didn’t get to test the Michelin Commander III tourers on its edges as much as I would have liked, but they did provide a comfortable 200-mile ride and plenty of reassurance in their abilities. A new mold profile that optimizes the contact patch for a better homogenous pressure on the ground : regular wear and wet adhesion, even when curving. For the most part it was a leisure ride on rural roads through scenic palms and Spanish moss-covered oaks. In all, I’ve put in about 500 miles on three different motorcycles fitted with Michelin Commander III tires and have been impressed with the amounts of grip they give and the feedback they provide. I was pretty happy with the Commander IIs on both bikes, but especially on my Ultra, as they wore slowly and lasted a good, long time – 18,000 miles, to be exact. If our Policy changes in the future, we will notify our customers and website users of any such changes by posting an updated policy on our website. Michelin Commander III Preview. Learn more today. I have ridden on all types of road surfaces with them, from smooth pavement to really crappy and rough Route 66 stuff in the California desert. Fast forward to 2016, Michelin began work on the tire’s successor, the Commander III. We’ve put 15,000-plus miles on these new skins and they’re still going strong. : To ensure the best level of performance and safety, our ranges are developed based on a uniform fitting to the front and rear. Michelin has unveiled two new Commander III motorcycle tires at Biketoberfest in Daytona. By touch they mean styling. Class-Leading Mileage for Touring Bikes: MICHELIN® Commander® III Touring tires offer an average of 25% longer tread life among leading competitors. Photos by Friedman and courtesy of Michelin. Michelin Primacy 3 tires deliver excellent wet and dry handling and are the best summer tire for your luxury touring vehicle. Still, the change to the Commander IIIs made me smile even harder, which bodes well for both Michelin and touring and cruiser riders everywhere. Confident with the break-in process, I next took the Sporty out on one of my favorite runs, a twisty stretch along the Rogue River through Hellgate Canyon. All rights reserved. Is there a specific load recommendation for Commander III ? Speaking of leaned over, the CIII is noticeably better than the CII while cornering at speed. If you do not continue to use the EPG’ websites following a change to our Policy but take no other action with respect to your personal information, our use of that information will remain subject to our Policy as it was in effect prior to the change. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Words by Mitch Friedman. The front and rear tread compound use 100% silica reinforced rubber for maximum performance in wet conditions. Michelin had mounted them on a Harley Heritage Softail Classic and had given our group the freedom to roam some of the popular Bike Week destinations since the rally was in full swing. If the vehicle is over loaded (in reference of the manufacturer recommendations), tire failure and loss of control of the vehicle can happen. The design of the Commander III was in large part consumer-driven with the question “how does it look on the bike” at the forefront of research. Michelin advice to respect maximum load recommended by bike manufacturer. The Commander III’s have an impressive amount of grip on their edges.