Michelin Commander 2 Review: A Contemporary Cruiser Tire with Enhanced Performance

Welcome to our comprehensive overview of the Michelin Commander ll, a new cruiser tire that hit the market in 2012 and is still with us today.

This tire is designed for American and metric cruisers and replaces the long-standing original Commander.

In this article, we will first look at all the technical stuff. Then, if you stick around until the end, I will let you know what I think about this tire after a thorough test.

But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Is this the best cruiser tires for you? Let’s find out!

Michelin Commander 2

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Features

  • Remarkable Wet Grip
  • Excellent Feedback and Handling
  • Silica Rain Technology Prevents Uneven Wear

Key Features and Advancements

Enhanced Lifespan

One of the most notable claims made by Michelin is that the Commander 2 will have double the lifetime of competing tires from other manufacturers (as much as 25000 miles).

Cruiser Compatibility

The Commander 2 is designed specifically for the cruiser tire market, including Harley-Davidsons and metric cruisers.

The tire is available in a variety of sizes and styles, with radial and bias options for rear tires up to 200mm and front tires up to 130mm.

Contemporary Styling and Tread Pattern

The Commander 2 features modern styling on both the sidewall and the tread pattern. However, the aesthetic is not just for show, as the tire incorporates rain technology that has been developed over the past decade.

This results in improved traction, maneuverability, and stability in wet conditions, thanks to the longitudinal grooves.

Tire Sizing

Tire SizeLoad Index / Speed Rating
130/90B1673H
140/90B1570H
140/90B1677H
150/80B1677H
150/90B1574H
160/70B1773V
MT90B1672H
MU85B1677H

Note: Load Index indicates the maximum weight a tire can carry, and Speed Rating indicates the maximum speed a tire can safely travel at.

H and V are examples of speed rating symbols used in this chart, where H stands for up to 130 mph (210 km/h), and V stands for up to 149 mph (240 km/h).

Advanced Technologies for Improved Performance

Silica Rain Technology (SRT)

The Commander 2 utilizes Silica Rain Technology (SRT), which incorporates additional compounds into the grooves to enhance performance further in wet conditions.

Aramidic Fiber Construction

The tire also employs aramidic fibers within the plies of the tire, which allow for increased density without adding weight.

This results in a stronger cruiser tire construction that deforms less while maintaining a lightweight tire. Aramidic fibers, also known as aromatic plies or Kevlar, are known for their strength and lightweight properties.

What I Like and Don’t Like

After fitting these tires onto my 2017 Indian Scout, I instantly felt the difference. I found them to be smooth, grippy, and easy to lean into turns.

I found them to give me a different sensation compared to the Avon Venom tires on my previous bike, a VS 800 Intruder.

While these tires didn’t feel like they took the weight off my bike, they still provided excellent grip and easy maneuverability.

Features and Benefits

FeaturesBenefits
Enhanced LifespanDouble the lifetime of competing tires, leading to cost savings
Cruiser CompatibilityDesigned specifically for cruisers, available in various sizes
Contemporary Styling and TreadImproved traction, maneuverability, and stability in wet conditions
Advanced TechnologiesImproved performance, including Silica Rain Technology and Aramidic Fiber Construction
Real-Life ImpressionsSmooth, grippy, and easy maneuverability for a comfortable ride

Conclusion

The Michelin Commander 2 is a contemporary, advanced tire designed for the cruiser market. With its extended lifespan, compatibility with a variety of cruisers, and advanced technologies for improved performance, the Commander 2 is a tire worth considering for your next cruiser tire upgrade.

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