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View Poll Results: What Brand and Size tires are you running?
Avon Venom 2 4.55%
Dunlop D404 9 20.45%
Kenda Kruz 3 6.82%
Metzeler ME 880 15 34.09%
Pirelli MT66 5 11.36%
Shinko 230 5 11.36%
Other 1 2.27%
Stock 100/90 & 150/90 13 29.55%
Combo 100/90 & 170/80 2 4.55%
Oversized 110/90 & 170/80 13 29.55%
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What Brand and Size tires are you running?

I am presently searching for tires and have come to the conclusion, for my style of riding, that I will go oversized and any tire without a center groove.

What are you guys running?

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I am presently searching for tires and have come to the conclusion, for my style of riding, that I will go oversized and any tire without a center groove.

What are you guys running?
Why without the center groove?
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Using the oversized ME880, front and rear. Very happy with the wear patterns. 11k+ on both. Rear looks good for about 10k more; front looks good for another 7-8k. Using 40 psi pressure in front and rear. Have rode the bike in the rain some as well and these tires have not given me problems with traction there, either.

The oversized tire sizes give the bike a "bigger" look, too.

Note also the ME880 is the factory tire of choice on Yamaha's Raider and the Triumph Thunderbird.

Check the mftr dates on the sides of the tires before installing--make sure they are not any more than several months old. After the install and the first 100 miles or so, put "Ride On" tire sealant in them--it's good peace of mind for those longer rides....

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Why without the center groove?
For tracking reasons. I don't want the tire to get hung up on railroad tracks or any other obstructions on the road.

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VN750 #9300 & VROC #33453

EMGO Handlebar, V&H Exhaust, Drop Shocks, Raised/Painted Fork, MeanStreak Seat, Tank Bib, ME880 Oversize Tires, Engine Guard, Custom Mirrors, Chris Products Turn Signals, Ear Shave, 150/42 Jets, PINGEL Fuel Valve, MCCT, Volt Meter, Shendegen R/R, AGM Battery, Coastered, .020 Coils, Relo Gauges & Headlamp, SilverStar Ultra, LED Flashing Brake Light, Center Stand Delete, WOLO Airhorn.
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I have an oversize Metzeler on the front and a stock Avon venom on the rear of the Kaw. Has been great so far! I have dunlops on the Valkyrie. The rear is wearing quickly.
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Check the mftr dates on the sides of the tires before installing--make sure they are not any more than several months old.
That is exactly why I am leery of purchasing tires online. I won't know the manufacture date until they arrive.

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EMGO Handlebar, V&H Exhaust, Drop Shocks, Raised/Painted Fork, MeanStreak Seat, Tank Bib, ME880 Oversize Tires, Engine Guard, Custom Mirrors, Chris Products Turn Signals, Ear Shave, 150/42 Jets, PINGEL Fuel Valve, MCCT, Volt Meter, Shendegen R/R, AGM Battery, Coastered, .020 Coils, Relo Gauges & Headlamp, SilverStar Ultra, LED Flashing Brake Light, Center Stand Delete, WOLO Airhorn.
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I was out looking at my bike the other day and discovered that I bought my scoot with two different tire brands.
I didn`t notice any particular problem with the mismatched tires when I was riding.

My front is a Kenda Challenger 100/90 (DOT K31 P G19)

Rear tire is a Bridgestone Spitfire 150/90 (74H) 827 lb @ 41 psi cold

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stock sized 404's, front has 12k on it and is looking a little scary ( bald) the rear has a tad over 9k on it and well im going to need new tires by next season

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For tracking reasons. I don't want the tire to get hung up on railroad tracks or any other obstructions on the road.
o0oh I get it... I remembered someone mentioning something about that center groove... maybe it was you. I just didn't remember what difference it made.
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Maybe a stupid question but why no more than a few months old?

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