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Old 10-29-2012, 08:05 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Everytime I starty my bike the abs light stays on till the wheels make a set amount of turns. This is time needed to calculate the difference in tire rotation speed and my assumtion is it will take into account the difference in the tire size. I have been on the breaks really really hard since adding the commander 2 to the bike and the rear tire hasnt done anything more then a quick cirp just as it did with the stock tire before the ABS took over and started pulsing it.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:30 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Ok guys, thanks for the heart starter!! I can relax a little now.
I started reading the posts and was reading 8k, 7.5k, 9k, etc as the average distance or a rear tyre. I started thinking, I am riding like an old woman as my tyres make at least 12.5k. I thought you guys were riding like maniacs o wear your tyres down so quickly, especially at 7.5k!!
Then I started to weigh up the costs of tyres I'll be spending throughout the year. I panicked as 8k average distance would cost me a fortune in tyres at $400 a pop (Australia). (i can get my Vespa a new tyre at $55 including fitted!!)
However as I read further, I then realised you were speaking in MILES... Not kilometers!!! Thank f@&k for that!!
Thankfully I'm on par with the rest of you guys and the "riding like an old woman" status can be passed onto someone else!


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Old 10-31-2012, 02:22 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Ok guys, thanks for the heart starter!! I can relax a little now.
I started reading the posts and was reading 8k, 7.5k, 9k, etc as the average distance or a rear tyre. I started thinking, I am riding like an old woman as my tyres make at least 12.5k. I thought you guys were riding like maniacs o wear your tyres down so quickly, especially at 7.5k!!
Then I started to weigh up the costs of tyres I'll be spending throughout the year. I panicked as 8k average distance would cost me a fortune in tyres at $400 a pop (Australia). (i can get my Vespa a new tyre at $55 including fitted!!)
However as I read further, I then realised you were speaking in MILES... Not kilometers!!! Thank f@&k for that!!
Thankfully I'm on par with the rest of you guys and the "riding like an old woman" status can be passed onto someone else!


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I have now around 7300 km on my 2010, and the Metzler rear is flat and have around 1500km left, or less.
My riding style, well, this year we went to Norway, somewhere around 4000km and It was a bunch of Kawasaki Vulcans, so the speed was very mellow and calm. One had a Vulcan 2000, a löt of torque, he had a Metzler 880, lasts around 8000km with 2 up for him, face it, our bikes eat rear tyres, they are not small plastic rockets.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:49 PM   #34 (permalink)
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We just put Avons on one of our thunderbirds.... MAN what a difference. Mine is still running on Metzlers and now I'm deliberating on simply changing now as the difference is huge. Feels like you're running on velvet instead of tarmac.


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Old 11-30-2012, 01:39 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Wow, I would like to get more than 4,000 miles from an ME 880 rear, that's all I get on Wyoming highways with limestone chip seals. I'm currently on a Commander II that looks like it will outlast the ME 880,s.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:52 AM   #36 (permalink)
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So, I am looking at replacing my rear tire in the near future (again)... this will be the fourth tire on the bike.
  • First tire (Metzeler ME 880) lasted up to about the 6k mark, when I had it replaced early due to an upcoming long-distance trip that I knew I was not going to be able to complete on that tire.
  • Second tire (also an ME 880) lasted right up to the last fifty miles of that trip, when I holed it on the Interstate.
  • Third tire was a Bridgestone Exedra Max (I think... it could also be an Exedra G852-G... not sure, and I need to look more closely at it) which I have about 6k on at the moment.

    The wear bars on the Bridgestone are now showing, which tells me it is time to start looking. I am thinking I will replace it at the same time that I do the 18k oil change and other maintenance, which means I will get about 7k out of this tire.

    My question is, are there any recommendations for other tires? I am looking around, and the only three that come up as cruiser style tires are the Metzeler and the two Bridgestone's mentioned above.

    There are some Sport-Cruiser mentions as well, but they are mostly from companies that I do not have any real experience in.
Congratulations! You just hit on the third most popular subject on this forum, right behind the "best oil" and "regular or premium".

I stuck with the Metzelers for one simple reason. Although I'm sure there are several excellent replacements for these tires, the design engineers picked the Metzeler and continue to use them.

They do wear a little quick (6K with aggressive riding is about right for the rear), but they grip and ride great. I have no complaints and as far as cost, who really cares if the tire costs a few bucks more when you spread that out over 6K?

I figure that as long as I like what I've got and the manufacturer recommends them, I'll stick with the Metzelers.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:15 AM   #37 (permalink)
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OOPS! Didn't notice that this thread goes back to 4-11 before my last post. Sorry for wasting everyone's time.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:29 PM   #38 (permalink)
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I picked up a nail in my new rear metz, I can't afford tires every ride out. I'm so pissed rite now.***!!! ITS 60 freakin degrees outside.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:00 AM   #39 (permalink)
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I picked up a nail in my new rear metz, I can't afford tires every ride out. I'm so pissed rite now.***!!! ITS 60 freakin degrees outside.
I would plug it and ride. Check the pressure each time you ride the bike.
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I did the same with a new metz. Had way under 1000 miles when i got a nail. I think it may have been just a couple hundred miles. Anyways, plugged it and rode it about 2/3 of the way to being wore out. I think on a tire this size and the fact todays tires are much better than they were when plugging was first said to be unsafe, there is no issue with plugs. It does sometimes cause another issue tho....plugs often don't hold air as well. Thats why i didn't ride it till it wore out....i was sick of pumping air into it every ride.
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