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 Post subject: WHAT TIRES ARE YOU USING ON YOUR PC
PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:54 pm 
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Gentleman,

I'm hoping that you will answer with more than just; DUNLOP, or alternate brands. I recognize that some of you have actually placed on original sized tires on your bike.

I'd like to know the:
BRAND?
SIZE?
FRONT / BACK SPECIFICS?
WHY YOU CHOSE THIS TIRE?
COST?
WHERE DID YOU BUY THEM?
HAPPINESS LEVEL?

This should help not only myself, but anyone out there having to shop for replacement tires.

Thanks all!

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 Post subject: Re: WHAT TIRES ARE YOU USING ON YOUR PC
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:40 pm 
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OK - Heres probably mo info than you ever wanted - I'll try to be concise:

Metzler Marathons ME880

Front 120/80-17 61H
Rear 140/80-15 MC 67H

Some say they can run a 90 series on the rear but NOT on the 89 models.
I've stayed with factory sizes.

Bike came with the above from the dude I bought it from.

I'm on my 3rd set. Handling is great. Milaege is lousy.
I averaging 5K out of a set if I'm lucky and thats runnin' em till they are bald.

Bought em from Bike Bandit. I paid around $320 with shipping.

A couple a sets of tires ago I had a local bike shop install my rear tire backwards
(They are directional in case anyone didn't know). The more I thought about it the
less confident I became about letting anyone else mess with my tires and wheels or
anything else for that matter.

I change my own tires now. I clean everything I can while its all apart, check bearings
and brakes and whatnot........

I invested a little in tire tools and rim guards - you can't have too many of either when
changing tires - and a static balancer and stick on wheel weights.
Also right angle valve stems make it waaay eaiser to check pressures.
I've learned a lot. Like: Theres often a red dot on the sidewall of a tire. This indicates the
lightest section of the tire and should be aligned with the valve stem to minimize wheel
weights. Lots of videos on YouTube - some good - some.........
Use lubricant to allow bead to slip over rim.....

Metzlers web site has reccomended pressures - they were higher than
what I was running. I am hoping that will help with the milaege.

The 2 main tires you'll hear about are the "Moaning Metzlers" and the "Dancing Dunlops".
Supposably the Metzlers "moan" in turns and the Dunlops "Dance" on grooved pavement.

I've never considered myself as a very aggressive rider but I sure am changing tires a lot.
BUT: The handling is really good with the Metzlers. I had a Nissan Maxima once that came with
high performance tires - I switched to high milage Michilens and destroyed the performance.
I DO NOT want that to happen on the PC.

I'll shut up now...........

Stray

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 Post subject: Re: WHAT TIRES ARE YOU USING ON YOUR PC
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:17 pm 
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New to the PC, but not to motorcycles.

Just installed a new set of Dunlop K555's and yes, grooved pavement ( we have A LOT of it here in the Seattle Metro area ) makes the tires dance. Weirdest feeling ever, but ya get used to it...

Tony


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 Post subject: Re: WHAT TIRES ARE YOU USING ON YOUR PC
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:36 pm 
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Couple a pics FWIW........

Static Balancer without the stand:
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Tire tools, rim guards & some brake pads:
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 Post subject: Re: WHAT TIRES ARE YOU USING ON YOUR PC
PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:26 pm 
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Just don't wait this long:
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 Post subject: Re: WHAT TIRES ARE YOU USING ON YOUR PC
PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:32 pm 
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you racing nascar style? only left turns. how do you wear your tire like that?

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 Post subject: Re: WHAT TIRES ARE YOU USING ON YOUR PC
PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:39 pm 
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Thats a good question.
It didn't really wear that way until the end (which should have came before that pic was taken!).

Theres tons of discussion and opinions on the web bout tire wear and what causes what...
I've been thu it all and now understand less than I did before......

I think I was low on pressure according to what Metzler sez......

That tire had no cord showing when I left that day. I figured it would be my last ride on it.
Well - that last little bit of life went quickly.

Its really hard for me to make myself change a tire if it seems there might be a little wear left.
I may go with tread depth this time. That was pretty dangerous. I don't reccommend it.

But I've done it a couple a times. Ask FP.......

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"Last Ride" ..... yeah... I was worried it would be THE last ride.... For the record... Rogain does not help TIRE baldneses...


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Location: Leeds, Al
Crimson Tide currently has: Metzler Marathons ME880, Front 120/80-17 ,Rear 140/80-15

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 Post subject: Re: WHAT TIRES ARE YOU USING ON YOUR PC
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Doing the "Darkside" thing. BFG 155/80R15 on the rear & Bridgestone BT-45 120/80-17 rear tire mounted reversed rotation on the front. Mounted & balanced both myself, BFG takes about 90psi to seat the bead! Running pressure - BFG = 30psi, BT-45 = 38psi. No noticeable wear on either tire to date. No handling issues, I don't feel any difference from the MC tires I replaced (Dunlop). About 3K miles so far & all is well.

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