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New Metzeler Tire question ME 880/888

I bought the over sized Metzeler ME 880's 4 years ago with the recommendation from this site which worked out great. I got almost 18,000 mile out of these tires and its now time for new ones. Here is the issue I have: > The front tire is a 110/90 - 19 and this can be found in the 880's still > The rear is a 170/80 - 15 and there are no more around in the 880's but you can get them as the new ME 888's but you can not get a 110/90 - 19 in a ME 888 > just wonder if anyone else has come across this issue and what was the solution ?
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According to Metzeler both sizes are available in the 888's.
http://www.metzeler.com/site/us/mobi...hon_ultra.html
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According to Metzeler both sizes are available in the 888's.
http://www.metzeler.com/site/us/mobi...hon_ultra.html
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Every major internet motorcycle website selling tires do not have the 110/90 - 19 - 62H's for sale for some reason ?
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low demand for that exact tire/size? therefore they wont stock it?

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Have you tried contacting your retailer of choice to see if they can order it?
For what it's worth, the 880 lists both sizes available as well.

All of that said, I wouldn't hesitate to mix tires between brands and/or tread designs, but that's just me.
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I think calebj is saying you should be able to run a 880 front and a 888 rear without any problems....hell, it might even be better.

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That is what I was kind of leaning towards. But my only fear is the 880's are being discontinued and replaced by the 888's > I might get an old dry front and then a new rear.
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Before you go down that road, just call and ask the suppliers if they can get it for you. They may be able to order it directly from Metzeler even if they don't list it on their webpage.

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As a quick follow up to my original post. I ended up going with the new Metzeler 888's for both the front and the back. Had to settle, or I should say just made the decision on getting the front tire as 100/90 (19) and not what I had before which was the 110/90 (19) with the old Metzeler 880

So the reviews are in: The thinner front tire is a lot nicer pertaining to handling/maneuvering around turns, so much easier to get around bends and so much smoother.
And the lean angle is greater with less effort. Not sure if anyone else is in the market for a new set of tires or is now looking at the new 888 Metzeler's but I would say this new combination works out really nice.

I stayed the same with the rear tire on the 888's (170/80 - 15) as I did with the 880.
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