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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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Getting a new rear tire

It's time for a new rear tire again. I've got a Metzler Marathon ME 880 on it now and plan on replacing it with the same thing. I'm lucky to get 10,000 miles out of a tire I don't think I/m that hard on them, but they just don't seem to wear that well. My friend in Nevada with an America swears that he gets 18,000 out of his tires just by keeping the tire pressure up. He runs 40 in front and 41 in the rear.

I'd like to hear what others are getting and what kind of tire you're running.

Oh ya, the dealer wanted $250 for a replacement, mounted and balanced and I talked him down to $225. I can get the same thing at Testa in Minden, NV for $200 but don't feel like riding over the Sierras this time of year.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 01:39 PM
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i hear ya about not doing the ride in the winter. i don't want to know what donner pass is like on a bike this time of year. as for the tire, i only get about 9k so you're bout right. no way 18k is possible.
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My original is coming up to 13200 and it's about ready to be replaced. I already bought another ME880 but with hindsight, that was probably not a good idea. They wear well but the grip in the wet is not great.

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I am getting ready to put my 4th ME880 on the back of my 06 Speedmaster. I am sitting right at 57K miles and I run my pressures at 36 front, 42 rear. I weight 220 lbs and my mileage is just about split between local and long haul riding. The long haul is done loaded with camping gear and supplies. I get a max of 8K miles on the front Lasertec. It works for my style of riding, I am not real aggressive on the Speedmaster, I save that for my RS.

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