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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 12:13 PM
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I'm using an Avon Cobra and a Commander on my 2010 Tbird with ABS. Mileage on these tires is way better than the Metzlers, fact. I didn't notice any difference in performance from the Metz, opinion. I have had a few oh**** moments on dry pavement and the ABS was definitely working. I don't have the cahones to try testing the limits of my tires or ABS when it's wet. I had an oh**** moment on a wet street this week when some Bozo hit his blinker and his brakes at the same time and stopped in front of me so he could make a left turn. My only option was to get on the brakes hard. I was completly satisfied with how well these tires stopped and they didn't slip because the ABS didn't kick in. I'm 100% satisfied with this tire combination.
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I'm using an Avon Cobra and a Commander on my 2010 Tbird with ABS. Mileage on these tires is way better than the Metzlers, fact. I didn't notice any difference in performance from the Metz, opinion. I have had a few oh**** moments on dry pavement and the ABS was definitely working. I don't have the cahones to try testing the limits of my tires or ABS when it's wet. I had an oh**** moment on a wet street this week when some Bozo hit his blinker and his brakes at the same time and stopped in front of me so he could make a left turn. My only option was to get on the brakes hard. I was completly satisfied with how well these tires stopped and they didn't slip because the ABS didn't kick in. I'm 100% satisfied with this tire combination.
Thats what i'm using....commander rear, cobra front. The corbra front so far is wearing great, but then so did the last metz i had on the front. It's the rear that wears so quick. But the cobra is great because the handling improved what i'm tempted to call "drastically" from the metz. Not in the typical way, but in that the bike falls into turns twice as easily. It makes corners much more effortless. I won't be using anything else on the front unless michelin comes out with a commander in our size. But thats unlikely, and even then it would have to turn in as well or i'd go right back to the cobra. Great tire, but i WOULD like a matched set and the commander on the rear is looking like it's going to be my permanent choice. So a commander up front would be ideal as long as it matches the cobra's "turn in". And i think it might because someone here said the reason i noticed that isn't that the cobra is so good, but that metz tires tend to turn in slow like that.
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200/50-17 ZR 75W Avon VP2 Viper Sport this is the exact tyre and at£90.00 not bothered if it lasts half as long as metzlers are about £190.00 +
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Here metzelers are about the same or a bit less than the VP2. The michelin commander however is about 1/3 less than either.
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