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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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A nail in the rear tire...

Yep. During last nights weekly inspection, I found a nail right through the center of the rear tire. I pulled it out and put a plug in it, and started calling around for a rear tire. Believe it or not, the dealership came in with the lowest price, $280.00 including mounting and balancing. That was $31.00 cheaper than the closest indy shop, who came in at $311.00.

The plug worked, and the tire lost no air overnight. I had 6000 miles on it, with plenty of tread left, and probably could've just let it ride and would have been OK. But, my life is worth more than a rear tire, so I replaced it. Same tire, Made-in-Germany Metzeler with a production date of December 2011.

Never even considered a car tire...

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-16-2012, 10:56 AM
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Ouch! $280 for a rear Metzeler? When I replaced my rear with a Metzeler the first time, I figure I was down in the $210 range (about two years ago).

Right now I am running the Avons, and am very happy with them. They seem to be lasting longer than any of the other tires I have put on this beast so far (Dunlop, Metzeler, and Bridgestone)

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$280 for a new Metz out the door and on the bike isn't bad. I would have paid for it and not had a second thought. Nails in tires suck.

But at least you got 6k out of it.
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Seriously consider the Michelin Commander 2 in a 200/55/17 V-78. Now about $148 - $169 delivered to you or your dealer. This tire fits well in the fender, corrects the slight underestimated speed on the speedometer, takes 100-200 miles to break in and it looks like Michelin hit a home run with this tire. 5-6 k on the Metzeler did not cut it for me, and I would predict, for a number of other riders. Got a couple thousand miles on it now and no problems of any kind.
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Seriously consider the Michelin Commander 2 in a 200/55/17 V-78. Now about $148 - $169 delivered to you or your dealer. This tire fits well in the fender, corrects the slight underestimated speed on the speedometer, takes 100-200 miles to break in and it looks like Michelin hit a home run with this tire. 5-6 k on the Metzeler did not cut it for me, and I would predict, for a number of other riders. Got a couple thousand miles on it now and no problems of any kind.
Hey curtis,

Do you mean corrects the underestimated speed on the speedo, or the overestimated?

My speedo consistently overestimates ... it reads about 7% higher than my actual speed according to those roadside radar signs. When I ride past exactly at 110km/h on my speedo, the sign will say 102km/h or 103km/h.

I'm interested in that tire, but wouldn't want the gap between my speedo and actual speed to get any wider... what do you think?

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I am sure he meant over-estimates. Just about every speedo out there on motorcycles over-estimates by 6-8% by design, it seems. Heck, it even says so in the manual for the Thunderbird, from what I remember!

I know my 919 is over by about 9%!

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