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Harley-Davidson Michelin Scorcher Tire

Friday, September 11, 2009
Harley-Davidson Michelin Scorcher Tires.
The Harley-Davidson Michelin Scorcher will come on the 2010 Harley-Davidson Dyna models and will be available in-store at Harley-Davidson dealers. Price unavailable at this time.
Tire manufacturers based in France have been feeling the economic crunch, with manufacturing plants closing and the resulting job losses as result of the world economy. This month it is better news for Michelin at least thanks to a tie-up with iconic American brand Harley Davidson.

The two companies have joined forces to develop a new tire specifically for Harley motorcycles. Called the Michelin Scorcher “31” tire, it carries both companies’ trademarks on its sidewalls and the signature Harley-Davidson logo is molded into the shoulder of the tire.

Michelin claim the new Scorcher “31” delivers superior performance in three key areas - grip, durability and handling. The first is achieved by a deep-cut tread design that improves grip and helps disperse water on wet roads and is helped by the tire’s new synthetic polymer rubber compound.

Aramid belts under the rear tread help to stabilize the contact patch, while the carcass plies are made from polyester to allow flex and help give a more comfortable ride. The new tire will apparently be original equipment on four of the 2010 Dyna models.

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Charlie -I won't buy an inferior American product  January 20, 2011 07:33 PM
If you guys slamming Michelin want to buy Dunlop that is your choice. I however, refuse to compromise my safety and handling buy sticking with inferior Dunlops. I have actually written letters to Harley-Davidson complaining about the extremely poor wet weather grip afforded by the stock Dunlops. Any of you that ride in the rain or actually lean your bike steeply through a corner know what I'm talking about.

If an American company made a good motorcycle tire I'd buy it, but they don't and I won't compromise the enjoyment of my ride just to buy American.
Lo Lo -Metzlers  December 7, 2010 08:26 AM
I am currently running Michelin Scorchers. So far not too bad. The Dunflops, they run awesome...if there is no air in the tire. But other wise I am no fan of them. They slip and are a hard ride. I changed to Metzlers and thought I had a brand new bike, wow! Nice ride! When these Scorchers were out on this bike (Super Glide) I will go to Metzlers as a test. If they prove better...well, I'll keep them...if not, I will go back to to these Scorchers...which seem just fine so far.

As far as buying America...get over it. We have been sold out to the highest bidders. Budweiser is a foreign owned company. Only American things left are HD Riders and also an American possessing a firearm, no matter where they were made.
luc -Anti french racism? think better...  October 13, 2010 04:54 AM
The Michelin compagny is French, but it's a big multinational compagny with factories all around the world, and most of the tires sale in the USA, are made in the USA, like trucks tires, Aircraft tires (for example the Michelin tires are the only approved for the space shuttle and the new F22... The Scorcher tires are made in the Spanish Michelin factory...and it's possible, if the sales and choices rise up, next in the USA with US jobs... On my sportster R, the Dunlop tires are a realy shit for Europe roads (bad grip), the Michelin commander or Metzeller Marathon are excellent, specialy on wet roads... if you like slipery tires, its your choice but no cry if you crash your bike...
Ed -Which one?  September 12, 2010 06:44 AM
Well, when I find a product that is consistently good, I stick with it. I have bought several NEW cars that came with Dunlop tires and they all have been consistently CRAP. Noisy and unable to get them balanced. Couldn't wait till they wear out to put better tires on. I have owned cars for 40 years and the best consistent tire has been Michelin. For wear and ride. I tried Goodyears once. They were CRAP too. I used to buy Michelin when I had Yamaha's years ago. I'm ready for my fourth rear tire on my 08 Heritage. I've put all Dunlop's on the rear but the life of these tires has been to un-consistent. Less than 5k on the first. about 10k on the second and now about 6k on the third. There are several new Harley models coming out with Michelin as stock equipment on them. Sorry guys. I'm going to try the Michelin this time. If I like it, I will put one on the front as well. When it comes to my life, I put the best consistent tires between me and the road. Especially when on two wheels.
black dyna -tire  October 24, 2009 06:31 AM
maybe dunlap will make a better 160x70x17 tire now for our dynas
ron from delaware -Dunlop tires  September 28, 2009 10:19 AM
I have been in the market for a rear tire for my 2007 low rider. I have looked at alot of different brands such as, Michelin, Pirelli etc.. I have paid special attention to the buyers comments, all have gotten good reviews. The one thing that stood out the most about Dunlop was the miles per tire. All the other tires ranged from 3,000 to 7,000 miles per rear tire,the Dunlop ranged from 9,000 to 12,000 miles per rear tire. I personally have gotten 11,600+ miles from my Dunlop k591 160/70R17. I have found two good prices for this tire one at Denniskirk. com at $123.99, and $121.99 at MotorcycleSuperstore. com. Both claim they will beat anyones price and offer free same day shipping. We must impose more (HIGHER) taxes on imports to secure American jobs. GO U.S.A...........
bigdaddysdaddy -France sucks  September 26, 2009 09:29 PM
I was planning on buying a Michelin until I read here that they're made in France.
critter -hd tires  September 25, 2009 12:01 PM
quit buying foriegn stuff or this country is going to be owned by foreigners- its close now . support the home team . or get out-
Yusuke -By the way... Mike  September 19, 2009 05:57 PM
All of HDs Dunlop tire "Made in USA" is made by Dunlop factory in Tonawanda, Newyork. It's only 1 bike tire plant in States. The factory is operated by campany of "Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America".
Goodyear have 75% stock of the campany. Sumitomo Rubber (Japan) have 25%. So, Goodyear is still making bike tire partly.
Dunlop Japan (Dunlop Falken Tyres Ltd.) is 100% owned by Sumitomo Rubber. I think HD support for only 1 bike tire plant in States is good thing.
Yusuke -Typing from the other side of Pacific  September 18, 2009 12:56 AM
Made in USA is No.1 must have element for HD Japan. They are doing business very well in here, big4 makers home islands. Many HDs were sold in Japan in last decade.

Now, what I type above is felt more strongly, because 4makers are moving their factorys very quickly from Japan to cheap labor countrys like a Taiwan, China, Thailand. Sadly I knew that Kawasaki will close most of bike line in Akashi, then move to Thailand.
Mitch -Want freedom fries with that, Mike?  September 14, 2009 10:02 PM
Mike, why not take your boycott one step further? Insist that they remove all parts that are not made in the U.S. before you accept that new Harley. You could probably take all the "good" parts home in a shopping bag.
milwaukee mike -Up till 2010  September 14, 2009 03:11 PM
All HDs come with Dunlop tires.
Don't believe me? Just walk around anywhere Harleys gather and look at what the majority are using.

Harley switched from Goodyear to Dunlop back in the late seventies when GoodYear got out of the M/C tire business.

Big Dog, OCC, and other HD clones might use any typer that they can get, but HD has used US made Dunlop exclusively
Jonathan Morse -You're kidding, right Mike?  September 14, 2009 09:50 AM
I mean the stock Dunlops are such awful tires that no one really leaves them on their Harley. Do they? No one ever one an intelligence test in order to buy a Hog, but they're not ALL that stupid. Am I right? I mean you do know that Harley has been supplying Michelin tires for years, and Buell has switched to Pirelli. Ain't that so Mike?
milwaukee mike -french rubbers  September 12, 2009 03:49 PM
C'mon now!
Potential HD buyers should be outraged that the now bikes don't have US made Dunlops, but now come with metric crap for tires.

I was considering replacing my wifes Sportster and getting her a new Dyna Superglide. Well I will not accept a new bike with any metric tires as long as US made tires are still available. I will insist that those french ticklers are replaced with Dunlops.