Originally Posted by b1rdman
Sounds like your only consideration is price up front. I've worn out 2 metzlers and they both went about 6K. I have also worn out one Commander and it went almost 10k and the Commander is cheaper than the Metzler. I don't think their is any difference in handling. Also, I started using Dyna-beads in my tires instead of rim weights. They are about $4 dollars for a 2ounce bag and you can do it yourself. Even if someone else does it when they mount the tire it should be cheaper than a spin balance and the beads are far superior. Perfect balance for the life of the tire = a better ride and a longer lasting tire. I have beads front and rear, their is zero cupping or feathering and no issues with balance up to 115.
No, my only consideration is not price. My first consideration is performance and I am totally satisfied with the handling of the Thunderbird. Also, the Commander does not come in the correct size ... it uses a 55 sidewall ratio instead of 50, meaning the bike sits a tad higher. Regardless of other opinions, I chose not to do that because I don't want to even take a chance changing the ride ... I am totally satisfied with it. I respect everyone's opinion on the handling of different tires. My point is why would I bother with experimenting when I am absolutely satisfied with performance, especially if I'm not particularly worried about mileage or overall tire cost? In short, I like the product the way it is.
Mileage is not the issue. I don't care if I only get 6,000 to 7,000 miles on a tire vs 10K. Performance is my main concern and I have been very happy with Metzeler.
The price between the ME880 and other tires is also not an issue. First, I decided, after a lot of research, to stick with the Metzeler. Once I chose to stick with the brand, then price and service became an issue. Of course I want the best price on the parts I decide I want to purchase. However, price is not my criteria when choosing which brand to go with in the first place.
Regarding AMT, they clearly offered the correct size ME880 at the lowest price when all things (item + tax + shipping + "surcharges") are factored. They answered questions quickly and they shipped immediately. I suggest that you keep them in mind when you shop for tires. I don't know how they price compare on the Michelin brand because as described above, I didn't even bother with pricing until I selected what I wanted, but I do vouch for their service.
Regarding Dyna Beads, the performance of that product is superior to weights for the simple reason that the balancing is dynamic ... it changes with the tire as it wears. Also, not having to look at ugly glued on weights is a side benefit.