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Old 07-14-2008, 04:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just looked at the Suzuki C109R. Mainly to see the rear tire. It carries a 240/55-16 Bridgestone which would be a viable alternative to the Metzler. Only slightly larger in diameter(.94") which would result in a more relaxed cruise RPM at highway speed. There appears to be enough room to accommodate that size. I have not been able to find any aftermarket info on this yet. Does anyone have any on this tire?
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Old 07-14-2008, 06:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not anymore than you have there. The tire is a Bridgestone Exedra G852. I believe they are H rated tires, but not sure. That wouldn't stop me from buying them though, I don't spend alot of time at 120+ MPH.. hahaha.. I just recently did alot of shopping as well, but ended up buying Avons this time around. The Avons prices are slightly higher than the Metzs, they are pretty tires though! With a cute little Cobra on the side tread... Almost too pretty to put to pavement, but.. they will be on pavement tomorrow evening.. Maybe that Bridgestone will be readily available next time around. Bridgestone also makes a 150/80-17 front tire designed for the Valkyrie.
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I know on the R3 there has been endless talk about car tires, but after carefull consideration I have decided to stick with the metz. I went to one Triumph dealer today and they did not have arrangements with tire distributors and they would have had to order it direct from Triumph at a cost of over $500. I found another dealer where the tire was only $275. not counting installation.
I was tempted to get a car tire, but the issue with air pressure and banking just made me uncomfortable. I know I rarely had to put air in my tires. I got 11000 miles out of my metz but I thought it was time to replace it.

What do you think?
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Dealer tire prices seem insane are they all like that?
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Old 07-15-2008, 09:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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$250 installed. Lee I can see how you got 11,000 miles out of that tire. I would be afraid to push that out of my garage with a tire on it looking like that, let alone ride it.
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Old 07-16-2008, 08:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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After riding on a squared off Metz now for a while, I'm pretty sure riding with a car tire would be the same thing. I just had new Avons put on yesterday and had forgot how easy the Rocket leans into turns with new tires on! I'm almost having to learn to ride all over again!

Here's some links to pics of the Avons on my Rocket. Excuse the quality, I'll have to steal my wife's camera next time. I got the Avons at http://www.tireexpress.com $413 for the set, including shipping. I ordered them at lunch on Thursday and they were on my door step Friday afternoon!

http://www.r3owners.net/photoalbum/r3d/500/DSC00465.JPG
http://www.r3owners.net/photoalbum/r3d/500/DSC00459.jpg
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Lee,

Go on-line and purchase the tire from some other distributor.
I went to Dennis Kirk and had my Metz delivered for $215.00.
My dealer is charging me $50.00 to have the tire mounted.
I was able to get 10882 miles out of the rear...and it was not as bad as yours...but had a pretty good flat spot.

http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/tpl/ti...eafCatId=40402
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Dave,

Nice pictures.
Love the paint job!

Keep us informed on how you like the Avon tires.
I did seriously consider them but I factored in the cost and the lack of information of rider satisfaction (or dissatisfaction) on the Rocket version of this tire and decided to go with the Metz.

Looking at Avon tires as a whole, I'm betting you'll have great results from them.

They certainly look cool on the bike.
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:11 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for the compliment!.. I was going to kind do a subdued paint job, but the Rocket is such an outrageous machine anyway, so I figured, why not just go all out..
Trying to go for that 50's hot-rod, 60's muscle car look. After all, the Rocket is the only "big-block" bike out there. I saw a '34 Ford coupe with this paint job, and thought "that's it!".

I used to run Metzler MeZ4s or Avon Azaros on my Thunderbird Sport and had really good service out of both of them. Of course, those are different models of tires than the ME880s and Cobras, so there's really no comparison.

I'm betting these Avons last about as long as the Metzelers, no better or worse, but we'll see.. Planning the 677 mile one-way trip to Eureka Springs coming up, so that will put some good miles on them.
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Going on a trip myself

Dave,

Sounds like good ride.
I'm leaving Friday for Colorado Springs for a week.
Should be able to put about 2500 miles on the Rocket.
I hope the weather cooperates.
Ride safe!
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