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Old 11-12-2012, 12:26 PM
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Only got 5000 miles out of my OEM back tire. I'm sure I could stretch another 1000 maybe, but why chance it. The roads here in Mississippi eats tires pretty good. The eat up my tires on my Valkyrie also. I'm a sticker for correct air pressure so that is not the reason for wearing out. No cupping at all. Anyway I ride 100% highway so I'm trying the Avon Road rider tires. Ordered the 100/90-19 front and 150/70-17 rear. Will see how these does. See how these does and maybe next change out might give the Michelin tires a try.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:05 AM
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I've done well with a couple of ME880s rears on my DL650 (10,000 miles each) and better with a Michelin Commander II (9500 miles, over 50% left). Ian, Iowa

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Old 11-13-2012, 11:21 AM
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I too am a BIG fan of the Metzeler ME880 Marathon's. I ride 100% road and not too agressivly at that. Mainly day trips and solo touring. I just replaced my first set with another after....18,500 miles. I got less than 6,000 miles on the OEM tires.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:51 AM
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Big Fan of Metzler Tourance tyres, got 14,000 miles out of rear & 21,000 miles

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5000 miles seems awful low for me unless you ride like a bat outta hell !!!
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I ride 70% freeway, 20% winding road, and 10% city. The trailwings on my 11' DL650 have lasted 11,500 miles and I will probably put another 1,000 on them. The front tire has scalloped and one side/corner of the tread blocks are much more worn than the other. I vary the pressure from 40/38 (road trips) to 36/33 (two lane), more or less. The handling is great, especially on the windy roads where I am focusing on my cornering techniques, but when I wiggle the bars at 25 mph or so the bike seems to undulate excessively. May be due to the flattening of both the front (@10,000 mi) and rear (8,000). I have obsessed enough now over replacement tires and think I will go with the battlewings.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:11 PM
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I've done well with a couple of ME880s rears on my DL650 (10,000 miles each) and better with a Michelin Commander II (9500 miles, over 50% left). Ian, Iowa
Looked at the ME880's hard. Do like the Michelin. Will probably will be my next choice.
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I too am a BIG fan of the Metzeler ME880 Marathon's. I ride 100% road and not too agressivly at that. Mainly day trips and solo touring. I just replaced my first set with another after....18,500 miles. I got less than 6,000 miles on the OEM tires.
WOW that's some good mileage.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:15 PM
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Big Fan of Metzler Tourance tyres, got 14,000 miles out of rear & 21,000 miles

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5000 miles seems awful low for me unless you ride like a bat outta hell !!!
Might have to look into these tires.
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I ride 70% freeway, 20% winding road, and 10% city. The trailwings on my 11' DL650 have lasted 11,500 miles and I will probably put another 1,000 on them. The front tire has scalloped and one side/corner of the tread blocks are much more worn than the other. I vary the pressure from 40/38 (road trips) to 36/33 (two lane), more or less. The handling is great, especially on the windy roads where I am focusing on my cornering techniques, but when I wiggle the bars at 25 mph or so the bike seems to undulate excessively. May be due to the flattening of both the front (@10,000 mi) and rear (8,000). I have obsessed enough now over replacement tires and think I will go with the battlewings.
I ride about 5% city, 10% Interstate and 85% back roads, and curve roads. Wore out pretty quick.
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I too am a BIG fan of the Metzeler ME880 Marathon's. I ride 100% road and not too agressivly at that. Mainly day trips and solo touring. I just replaced my first set with another after....18,500 miles. I got less than 6,000 miles on the OEM tires.
I'd be interested to know what size ME880s you're using? I've trawled the Metzler sites and can't find the correct size for the wee listed.

I'm currently using battlewings and getting about 11,000km (7,000miles) out of the rear and 18,000km (11,000 miles) out of the front.

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