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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-14-2011, 11:20 AM
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please let us know how you do with the Dunlops. They always wore like iron on my Harleys.
Remember tho....if a tire "wears like iron" it's also going to stick to the road like iron. So if you use tires like that i would be very careful. When i was a kid i went down more times than i can count due to rear tire slippage, and usually in circumstances that today would never happen in a million years due to the fact today tire compounds are far softer and stickier than they were then. Today you can still buy tire with hard compounds like that, but the majority of tires are softer. be careful and choose a tire based on how you ride, not just mileage. I used the avon for better mileage, but the sides are not soft, only the center. And i would never buy a front tire thats anything less then the stickiest of tires out there because that would be asking to die. I don't know if they even make dual compound tires for the front, but if they do i'd consider them suicide tires. If i were you i'd stick with the metz or a avon up front. (assuming the avon is not dual compound) I get good mileage out of my metz up front lately and i never did before. no idea why thats happening but it's nice !
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post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-15-2011, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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The write up on the tyre says "Roadsmart features a new pattern with higher groove concentration in the central tread area to maximise wet performance. the triple tread rear construction places the traction compound in this area to enhance tyre life,whilst the"flex steel" jointless belting system increases high speed stability by better absorbing shocks from road surface imperfections. The "grip" compound is placed in the shoulder section to give high wet and dry grip performance in turns. New compounds have been developed for this latest sport touring tyre from dunlop using ultra fine carbon enriched with silica." They do another one in our size called a Sportmax Q2 that is more sport than touring that also I considered.
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Replaced the factory Metz with a Avon Ultra Storm 2 and really, really like it . The bike rides and handles as well or better. Will put the Avon cobra on the front on soon. Only got 6800 miles on the rear Metz.
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Lots of differing mileages from the rears, i got 12,000 kms from mine and run 39 psi front and 41 psi rear and would consider myself a mildly agressive rider. I weigh 85 kgs or approx 170 lbs...
I,m wondering if my choice of rear shocks has helped me...i,m running progressive 440 from my speedy with heavier springs,,,,I found the stock rear shocks tended to be too stiff and bouncy even on the softest setting and this could accellerate tyre wear due to the induced slippage..just a theory....Plus i rarely carry a pillion...cheers, Tadpole
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goodness. either yall tear up the roads or you carry a lot more weight around than i do. ive got 10,300 miles on my storm and my factory metz is worn down a bit bit still has decent tread and no cords showing through at all. i bought a new tire but havent had it installed. looking like ill be able to get 12k miles outta the rear tire. im 220lbs and ride solo 99% of the time.
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goodness. either yall tear up the roads or you carry a lot more weight around than i do. ive got 10,300 miles on my storm and my factory metz is worn down a bit bit still has decent tread and no cords showing through at all. i bought a new tire but havent had it installed. looking like ill be able to get 12k miles outta the rear tire. im 220lbs and ride solo 99% of the time.
I would be very wary and keep a close eye on the metz when you have done that many miles on it.They get to a point then will deteriorate and show the belts very fast!.The tone of my post on this thread shows how I got caught out and the same has happened to a mate I was riding with who ended up getting stuck in a town waiting for a tyre.If you are going for a long ride strap your new tyre on the back of your bike cause you may need it unexpectedly.
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goodness. either yall tear up the roads or you carry a lot more weight around than i do. ive got 10,300 miles on my storm and my factory metz is worn down a bit bit still has decent tread and no cords showing through at all. i bought a new tire but havent had it installed. looking like ill be able to get 12k miles outta the rear tire. im 220lbs and ride solo 99% of the time.
What pressure do you run?

I met a guy with a 2010 Tbird who said he had the original tire on the rear, and the bike had 15,000 miles on it. The tire definetly looked ready to be replaced, but was still serviceable.
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Thanks for all the imput fellas.My dealer in perth reckons I've done well to get the mileage I got and my local bike shop guy said the same so thats the end of that.The bloke here says he has problems getting avons (something to do with delivery he said) so we've looked on the net for other options.Couldn't find the dunlop D208 thats in the manual, so I've gone with a new one dunlop make called a road smart sport max.It's a sport/touring tyre, dual compound 200/50zr17, with all the correct ratings for the bike.It'll be here on tuesday and fitted wednesday so I'll see how that go's.Thanks again.
I went with this tire about six month ago, and it has done well for me. I have about 7500 miles on it (will have to check my records) and it is now time to change it, but I think I would have gotten more out of it had I been able to keep pressure in it all the time.

I sucked up a nail or something early on, and while it did not cause a total flat, it did cause a somewhat slow leak, which means that I was not always riding with the tire at 40-42psi (that seems to be the magic number for this bike).

At this point (7500 miles) the center tread is now worn out, and it is time to replace.

I have ordered a full set of Avon's to go on it this time, and I guess I will see how that set works for me. At least I am finally getting rid of that bloody Bridgestone off the front!

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