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...I'm soon to replace mine. Has anyone here gone with anything other than the Metzeler?

It looks as though Conti, Dunlop, Pirelli and I'm sure some others make tires our size.

If you have, please let me know what and how it worked out.
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The majority of those who have deviated from metz have gone to avon storm ultra 2 one the rear. I have one, mileage appears to be much better. One guy said 8k so far and not nearly done. it's dual compound which is why the mileage yet still sticks like the metz in corners. But as i've discovered with this dual compound Avon, the straight line traction is noticeably less than the Avon. I've had it lock in a hard stop where the metz wouldn't have, and had it spin during take-off out a driveway in a underground parking lot where the pavement is slick. That wouldn't set off an alarm except i pull out of that lot 5 days a week and the metz never once did that.

So beware....any tire you get that wears better than the metz is also going to grip less in the middle. And if it's NOT dual compound it's also going to stick less in the corners which is a disaster waiting to happen if you ride aggressively at all. I intend to keep using the avon rear if it wears to at least 9 or 10k which from reading other's reports seems it will. I'll just have to try and be more careful where applicable. I have always said that i think any tire that wears better is going to be less sticky in the center at least, and this has proven my point to me at least. Happily tho, in the corners are where i demand the best it is as good as the metz. That part i would never sacrifice.
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The majority of those who have deviated from metz have gone to avon storm ultra 2 one the rear. I have one, mileage appears to be much better. One guy said 8k so far and not nearly done. it's dual compound which is why the mileage yet still sticks like the metz in corners. But as i've discovered with this dual compound Avon, the straight line traction is noticeably less than the Avon. I've had it lock in a hard stop where the metz wouldn't have, and had it spin during take-off out a driveway in a underground parking lot where the pavement is slick. That wouldn't set off an alarm except i pull out of that lot 5 days a week and the metz never once did that.

So beware....any tire you get that wears better than the metz is also going to grip less in the middle. And if it's NOT dual compound it's also going to stick less in the corners which is a disaster waiting to happen if you ride aggressively at all. I intend to keep using the avon rear if it wears to at least 9 or 10k which from reading other's reports seems it will. I'll just have to try and be more careful where applicable. I have always said that i think any tire that wears better is going to be less sticky in the center at least, and this has proven my point to me at least. Happily tho, in the corners are where i demand the best it is as good as the metz. That part i would never sacrifice.
Thank you for that...

...what about the front?
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So far i haven't considered that myself because the metz up front is getting great mileage and there is no issue at all running different brands. Some have used the avon cobra tho. I don't know if they even make dual compound front tires, but if they do i wouldn't touch them with a 10 foot pole. Last thing you need is a front with a harder compound in the center during a emergency stop. But like i said, i don't know if the cobra is dual or if anyone even makes dual compound fronts. It just seems insane to me. Not sure about how people are liking the cobras either because thats a relatively new experiment. Seen people using the rear storm tho now for a good year or more.
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By the way, it seems really odd, but since i got the BB kit my front tire has been lasting far longer then they were as a 1600 ! The only thing i can think of is maybe the 1700 has more engine braking. What else could cause this?
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I too am runnin the Avon Storm II Ultra,but in a 180/55/17 size.It started out new with 8/32 of tread and now has 5/32 of tread left after almost 6,000 miles.So it's definitely an improvement over that piece of sh** Metzsler.And I see no difference in tire performance over the Mets,other then better mileage.

Up front,I'm runnin a Bridgestone G851 and got alittle over 10,000 miles out of the first one,and again with no noticeable difference in tire performance verses the Mets except better mileage.I recently replaced it with another Bridgestone and have no complaints.

And both the Avon and the Stone were cheaper than the Metzsler tires. Dave!!!
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Avon suggestion

I was told the Avon Cobra front would be a good tire to pair up with the 200/50/17ZR Avon Storm 2 ultra tire. Kind of an ugly tread pattern, but pretty is what pretty does. Keeping the Metzeler on the front for now and will see next front change if the Cobra is in the stars for my bike. On the Storm, any tire that takes you to 8-10k on the rear is an improvement on the Metzeler. The Metzeler is a pretty good tire in its own right, but mileage life was never a prime consideration in its development. One could drive to the poor house on the Metzeler rear tire, but not much farther. :-)
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I've just put on a dunlop Roadsmart on couple of days ago and am still scrubing it in.Feels good so far but I've only done 95 km on it, still have 3/4 inch chicken strips nor have I practiced a quick stop so I haven't given It a real hard workout yet mainly due to a bit of drizzle on the road here, so I cant really give a fair review yet, but so far so good. I'am pretty sure pirelli don't make a rear tyre in our size,avon, bridgestone, metz and dunlop with 2 tyres were the only ones I could find here.
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