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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-06-2011, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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Curtis, i too may try the storm with the metz up front. Tho i do worry a bit about the fact that Avon says "We will likely modify our Storm 2 Ultra rear to cope with the load". If they feel they need to do that, then maybe using the current one may not be safe? Not sure whether to wait or not. They say at least till end of the year for the change. One way or another i gotta do something because this 4-7k on a rear is just not cutting it for me.
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Curtis, i too may try the storm with the metz up front. Tho i do worry a bit about the fact that Avon says "We will likely modify our Storm 2 Ultra rear to cope with the load". If they feel they need to do that, then maybe using the current one may not be safe? Not sure whether to wait or not. They say at least till end of the year for the change. One way or another i gotta do something because this 4-7k on a rear is just not cutting it for me.
I see the load rating of the Avon 200/50/17R is 75W, which is about 853 pounds. That is the same rating as for the rear Metzeler. Did not find the Avon speed rating for this tire, but if Z or near, should be fine for the rear. Not sure what Avon is talking about by beefing up the rear tire. The current weight spec for the rear is identical to the Metzeler. Don't see their reluctance to make a matched pair, I hear 6 months more each time. At this point, I am going to put the Avon rear on next service and keep the Metzeler on the front and am NOT putting the Cobra on the front. Also, for me, 6-7k on the rear is not cutting it. It is an ill wind that blows no one any good. At least Metzeler can sell a lot of tires to Thunderbird riders..
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I don't have a Thunderbird yet, but I was planning on getting one next Spring. This whole tire situation is giving me pause though. I don't ride a ton, but I'll put 5-7k miles on a year. From the sound of it, I'd need to be looking at new tires every year...and they aren't cheap. I guess I'll hold onto the Bonneville a bit longer, or look at some Thunderbird alternatives, if there aren't better tire options within the next year or so.

I totally understand, a bigger bike equals greater cost of ownership, generally...but this seems a bit ridiculous.
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I don't have a Thunderbird yet, but I was planning on getting one next Spring. This whole tire situation is giving me pause though. I don't ride a ton, but I'll put 5-7k miles on a year. From the sound of it, I'd need to be looking at new tires every year...and they aren't cheap. I guess I'll hold onto the Bonneville a bit longer, or look at some Thunderbird alternatives, if there aren't better tire options within the next year or so.

I totally understand, a bigger bike equals greater cost of ownership, generally...but this seems a bit ridiculous.
It'll be the same with any big bike, tho if the rear tire is less than 200 your options will skyrocket. 190 rear sizes seem to the the point after which most manufacturers don't make a lot of tires. But also you need to know that there are guys getting 10k on thiers, so it may have to do with the conditions of the roads you frequent and your driving habits....how hard or soft your braking is, how hard you ride overall. And lastly, in time there will be more available, tho not sure how much more if any by the time you're ready to buy.
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Murphy's law states that you;ll start to get more tire options of the Tbird when Triumph bring out a Tbird derivative with a smaller rear wheel that more tires can fit - kinda like the R3 Touring situation.
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