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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-22-2012, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Time for tires!!??

Well its almost time for new tires on my thunderbird.

I was wondering what are all our choices or what people have found to be the best tire for the best compramise between handleing and milage. The factory metzler are good but wear way too fast for me especially considering the price tag on them.

Thanks for any help!
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How many miles on your stock Metz. ? A lot of guys are going to the Avons and getting a little better mileage out of them so I'm told and they say they are cheaper. I'm on my second set of Metz. got 12,781 mi. on the first set and on track to repeat this. 17,700 mi. and only half way through, and I like the grip of the Metz. so I'll stick with them.
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Check out the thread by Curtis41 on running a 200/55/17 Bridgestone. It is a V rated tire, not Z rated so it will last longer but still give the response needed for a cruiser. I am on my third tire at 26,000 miles and I just hit the wear bar. I took my Metzler to 9000 but should have changed it at 6500. My second tire was a Dunlop Roadsmart and had exactly 10,000 miles on it when it was changed. Again it was a slick in the center. My third tire is also a Roadsmart and I just hit the wear bar at 5800 miles. I will probably go another 1000 miles on it and change to the Bridgestone 200/55/17.

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How many miles on your stock Metz. ? A lot of guys are going to the Avons and getting a little better mileage out of them so I'm told and they say they are cheaper. I'm on my second set of Metz. got 12,781 mi. on the first set and on track to repeat this. 17,700 mi. and only half way through, and I like the grip of the Metz. so I'll stick with them.
12781?? WOW !! I havent even gotten half of that! I figure at the rate they are wearing I will be at right around 6000 when the cords start to show.
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Even though I live in Florida I try to run on the sides as much as posible
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Holy COW! I'm at 6,000 with a nice smooth as glass strip down the middle of my rear tire ready for a new one ASAP. I don't consider myself an aggressive rider at all but I can't imagine taming my riding to get to 12k or better. Never in my life have I had a tire last that long.
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Holy COW! I'm at 6,000 with a nice smooth as glass strip down the middle of my rear tire ready for a new one ASAP. I don't consider myself an aggressive rider at all but I can't imagine taming my riding to get to 12k or better. Never in my life have I had a tire last that long.
Have you tried leaning?
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Have you tried leaning?
I play in the turns more often than not and I dont ***** foot it! No chicken stripsat all and I have worn the feelers down to nothing already. I do use the bike for some slowwer rides with the other half on board and some of those rides dont get out to the edge of the tire as much as I would prefer. BUT 12,000 miles Holly S___!! As stated by joeperry I haver never gotten that many miles on a bike tire myself.

I really dont mind having to change the rear out at 6 or 7 thousand miles BUT at the cost of the metzler ?? If a tire for 130 to 150 bucks can do 6 or 7 thou and hold the bike in the corners it would be much more cost effective and I will simply buy 2 rears and a front and have the second rear ready to go when I need it. That should get me threw the summer as I doubt I will have the time to put more than 12,000 miles on this year.

I was hopeing more people had experimented with other tires and we had more feedback on how long the others held up before I started guessing at it.

Right now my short list consists of the pirrelli night dragons, Avon storm ultra 2, avon avz2 cobra, michellene commander 2 and the bridgestone you mentioned earlyer. I dont mind having to run a tire in 200/55 or mixing the front and rear brands but prefer a matched set when possible.

Right now the perelli night dragons are looking tempting- I could buy two rears and if they do 6k each they will save me something like 155 bucks compared to the metzler for the same milage.

Anyone run them yet?
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Have you tried leaning?
Wow, I still have so much to learn. I'll try that on the next tire. ;p
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