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Recently oversized my tires to Metzler 880 Marathons with the 110-90/19 in the front and the 170/80-15 in the back. What a difference!

Didn't think it would do much but cracks/tar ribbon repairs/grooves on the pavement, no longer an issue. Still brace for what's coming but ends up being very smooth.

Also noticed the true speed vs speedometer change which was surprising but welcomed. Like the new "beefier" look as well.

Had the shop mount/balance but changed them out myself (including spline/speedometer lube, of course) which takes a little patience, but well worth the effort. Toughest part is meshing the rear tire assembly with the final drive gears. No real trick other than patience, swearing, and more patience.

Anyway, thought I'd post the results in case anyone others were considering oversizing the next time they change treads.

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R/R Replaced/Relocated
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Metzler 880 Marathons
Front - 110/90-19
Rear - 170/80-15
Carbs Balanced
Carb Mix Adjusted
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I oversized the front and rear with the same 880's last Thursday. Went for a 360 mile ride this past weekend to break them in. Very happy with the new sneakers for all the reasons mentioned above.

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I didn't go with the ME's but I did go oversize with Dunlop 404's and I have to say it is a much better handling bike and I stayed with the same brand,so at this point I'll have to attribute it to more rubber on the road.I agree in this case Bigger is better.




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Recently oversized my tires to Metzler 880 Marathons with the 110-90/19 in the front and the 170/80-15 in the back. What a difference!

Didn't think it would do much but cracks/tar ribbon repairs/grooves on the pavement, no longer an issue. Still brace for what's coming but ends up being very smooth.

Also noticed the true speed vs speedometer change which was surprising but welcomed. Like the new "beefier" look as well.

Had the shop mount/balance but changed them out myself (including spline/speedometer lube, of course) which takes a little patience, but well worth the effort. Toughest part is meshing the rear tire assembly with the final drive gears. No real trick other than patience, swearing, and more patience.

Anyway, thought I'd post the results in case anyone others were considering oversizing the next time they change treads.
I'm not ready for tires just yet, but Metzlers are on the short list. Would you mind posting a few pictures of your new setup when you have a chance?


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I'm not ready for tires just yet, but Metzlers are on the short list. Would you mind posting a few pictures of your new setup when you have a chance?
Will do. Will try to get them uploaded over the weekend.

'89 Vulcan 750

VROC# 30232

HID Headlamp Conversion
V&H Cruzers (great sound)
Kaw V-Force Windshield
Kaw Rear Luggage Rack
Kaw Engine Guard
VN750.COM Grill Cover
W&M Black Magic Saddlebags
Diehard M/F Battery
R/R Replaced/Relocated
Stator Replaced
Voltmeter Installed
Splines Lubed
Metzler 880 Marathons
Front - 110/90-19
Rear - 170/80-15
Carbs Balanced
Carb Mix Adjusted
Fuel Tank Derusted/Lined/Sealed
NGK Iridium Plugs
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I'm not ready for tires just yet, but Metzlers are on the short list. Would you mind posting a few pictures of your new setup when you have a chance?
Here are a couple pics othe Metzlers (110-90/19 and 170/80-15) I put on last week. The first pic is of the stock size Dunlop 404.
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here is a picture of the Dunlop 404 170 on the rear of my bike




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I put a new rear 404 on my bike but just aired up the front one for a week or two till I can buy a new front, just air alone in the front made a big difference on the road cracks and uneven pavement. so no matter what you got, keep an eye on that tire pressure!

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Bigger is Better......I put the Avon Venoms on front and rear and it is like the bike is glued to curves that I used to take a lot slower. It also helped the stability when running over the patches and cracks in the road.

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Here are a couple pics othe Metzlers (110-90/19 and 170/80-15) I put on last week. The first pic is of the stock size Dunlop 404.
Thanks for the pictuures!


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