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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-27-2012, 05:27 PM
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It was a joke, But I think with the profile and design of the tire there is a portion of the center that's always in contact with the road. Also different states have different textures to their roads. Would I be able to get the same mileage if I lived there? Who knows.
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It was a good joke linkdog. I know I'll never inquire about putting a car tire on my bike.
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I'm going to put on a Michelin Commander II rear and Avon Exedra front, got 4,500 miles on the OEM ME880's, poor mileage for sure. High speed and limestone chip seals in Wyoming, Montana and Colorado wear tires fast. Michelin is not making a front for the t-bird in the commander II.

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Well I finally decided to order a Michelin Commander 2 for the rear and try it for this year. The front metzler looks like it should make the summer so I figure this will get me threw and maybe next year I will have more choices when its time to replace them both with a matching set.
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I did that too. Put a Metzler back on the back, I will look to try another brand next time, once the front is worn too. Thought I'd stick with the matched pair this time around.
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I only got 5,800 on my first Metz rear tire when I hit wear bars - and I'm a new rider, this is my FIRST bike so I reckon I was riding fairly gentle. 12K??? Are you sure you aren't looking at kilometers and not miles, mate?

I'm running the Avon Storm 2 ultra or whatever it's called on the back - so far so good - sometimes when I pull hard in 1st gear in a turn, like leaving a driveway it feels like it slips - never felt that with the Metz - but probably never gets that much strain in the corners with regular riding. I have about 1500 miles on it and too early to tell how it will do. Running the Avon Cobra up front and it is doing well too.

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12,781 MILES to be exact, right now I'm at 17,991mi. and the tires are almost half gone. You do the math. This time the front is wearing at the same rate as the rear. Like I said before the road surfaces you ride on make a big difference,If I rode where you do I might be looking at 6000mi. also and yes that would piss me off.
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Even though I live in Florida I try to run on the sides as much as posible
You might get just a tiny bit of wear on the sides going up and down that tremendous 345 foot hill, the highest point in Florida. :-) (Native Floridian here)
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Well I finally decided to order a Michelin Commander 2 for the rear and try it for this year. The front metzler looks like it should make the summer so I figure this will get me threw and maybe next year I will have more choices when its time to replace them both with a matching set.
A lot of us have been looking for the elusive set of tires for the Thunderbird that also get decent tire mileage. Michelin did well with this tire and I was willing to give it a go. It will probably take a good 100 or even 200 miles to get the slick surface down on the sides of that tire, fresh out of the mold. I got 6200 miles out of the last rear Metzeler and no more than about 6500 miles out of any of them. Great, sticky tire, but a new tire every 6k or so is just not in my future. Got a couple thousand on the Michelin now and the tire seems to get even better as I get more miles on it. If Michelin got bombarded with requests for a front 120/70/19 tire, they might ramp up and offer one in their line. I do not like to mix tires, but cannot afford to support Metzeler forever. The treads are deeper on the Michelin and it does very well on water. Took a couple of trips with rain and almost needed to swim on one of them. So far, so good.

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A lot of us have been looking for the elusive set of tires for the Thunderbird that also get decent tire mileage. Michelin did well with this tire and I was willing to give it a go. It will probably take a good 100 or even 200 miles to get the slick surface down on the sides of that tire, fresh out of the mold. I got 6200 miles out of the last rear Metzeler and no more than about 6500 miles out of any of them. Great, sticky tire, but a new tire every 6k or so is just not in my future. Got a couple thousand on the Michelin now and the tire seems to get even better as I get more miles on it. If Michelin got bombarded with requests for a front 120/70/19 tire, they might ramp up and offer one in their line. I do not like to mix tires, but cannot afford to support Metzeler forever. The treads are deeper on the Michelin and it does very well on water. Took a couple of trips with rain and almost needed to swim on one of them. So far, so good.
Thanks for the info Curtis.

It should be here tomorrow sometime so now I have to figure the best way to jack this bike up so I can change it.
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