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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 09-20-2010, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, my second post. (first was newbie intro).

The 1991 I just bought last week has on the front:
METZELER 100/90-19
date 2601
and on the rear:
Dunlop Qualifier K525 150/90-15
date 0502

They appear to be in pretty good shape tread wise, and sidewalls do not show any signs of problems.

However, many have said 8 and 9 years is enough and I should replace them. I kind of agree. I have no idea what the current tires have been through.

I'm thinking ME 880 for both front and back.

Metzeler Rear ME 880 150/90HB-15 Blackwall Tire
Metzeler Front ME 880 100/90H-19 Blackwall Tire

Any and all opinions are greatly appreciated, thanks.
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i have dunlop 404's on mine, and so far a tad over 1100 miles on em

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Metzeler ME 880 110/90/19 on the front and 170/80/15 on the rear. Rock solid and makes the bike feel like it is glued to the road. But this is just my opinion...

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Originally Posted by psvines View Post
Ok, my second post. (first was newbie intro).

The 1991 I just bought last week has on the front:
METZELER 100/90-19
date 2601
and on the rear:
Dunlop Qualifier K525 150/90-15
date 0502

They appear to be in pretty good shape tread wise, and sidewalls do not show any signs of problems.

However, many have said 8 and 9 years is enough and I should replace them. I kind of agree. I have no idea what the current tires have been through.

I'm thinking ME 880 for both front and back.

Metzeler Rear ME 880 150/90HB-15 Blackwall Tire
Metzeler Front ME 880 100/90H-19 Blackwall Tire

Any and all opinions are greatly appreciated, thanks.
Yes - your tires need to be replaced due to age, regardless of tread wear
Yes - Metzelers are one of the best tire choices. Expensive, but worth every penny. Search this forum of lots of reviews, all positive.
JakeWilson.com has good prices and great customer service (if ordering online), but get the latest coupon from RetailMeNot.com before ordering for the best deal.


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The Metzler's are excellent tires from what I've read and heard. But my Pirelli's are every bit as good, made by the same Brazilian company too, and cost about a third less. I absolutely love my Pirelli MT66 tires. So much traction compared to the stock Bridgestones.

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Metzeler ME 880 110/90/19 on the front and 170/80/15 on the rear. Rock solid and makes the bike feel like it is glued to the road. But this is just my opinion...
I agree whole heartedly with the tire and sizes mentioned here and it does make the bike handle more to suit me too.




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Metzeler ME 880 110/90/19 on the front and 170/80/15 on the rear. Rock solid and makes the bike feel like it is glued to the road. But this is just my opinion...
You can also go up to a 180/80/15 in the metzlers. I have the Dunlop 404's 110/90/19 on front and after 15k miles still has good tread but cupping (may be balance issue). The 170/80/15 on the rear got me through around 8k miles but needs to be replaced already. I am not a constant aggressive driver and not bashing the Dunlops but I'm thinking of going with a car tire 165/80/15 for my next rear tire. The Dunlops handle great but for the extra $50 to $60 the Metzlers sound like a longer lasting tire.

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You can also go up to a 180/80/15 in the metzlers. I have the Dunlop 404's 110/90/19 on front and after 15k miles still has good tread but cupping (may be balance issue). The 170/80/15 on the rear got me through around 8k miles but needs to be replaced already. I am not a constant aggressive driver and not bashing the Dunlops but I'm thinking of going with a car tire 165/80/15 for my next rear tire. The Dunlops handle great but for the extra $50 to $60 the Metzlers sound like a longer lasting tire.
Darkside forum link, ie. running a car tire on a motorcycle:
http://forums.delphiforums.com/DarkSiding/start

Our very own craznurs ran a Vredestein 165H R80-15 CT on the rear wheel of her vn700 for 15K miles before selling the bike and getting a Yamaha V-Star 1600, which is also running a CT on the rear wheel. The car tire on the vn700 still had 3/4 of the tread left when she sold it. She says she will never go back to a motorcycle tire on the rear of a cruiser style bike. She describes herself as a fairly aggressive rider in the twisties too. See posts #12 and 13 on this thread for more info.
https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...t=13243&page=2

Not that it has much relevance here, but I saw a reference to an FJR forum yesterday which has several members going to the darkside too.

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I have the 880's and love them. They don't follow tar snakes and such.....
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