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post #1 of 22 Old 09-15-2006, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Tires for V-Strom

I have an DL650K6 V-Strom that is piling up the miles pretty rapidly and will be needing tire replacement before too long. I have no intention of ever taking my bike off-road or on any surface more crude than a gravel parking lot so although there's nothing wrong with them I really don't need the "dual purpose" tires like the Bridgestones that came on it. From past experience I'm sold on Metzler tires and in checking their product line I see correct size availability in both the Roadtec Z6 which is a sport touring highway tire and the Tourance dual purpose tire with tread like the stock tires which, according to their "fitment guide" is the recommended tire for the V-Strom. Anybody on here gone with a strictly highway tire? Would using a strictly highway tire upset or or have a negative impact on the handling?
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Although you say you will never take it off road why close that door, get the Tourance. I love them more than enough on the pavement and also good off road, I've got a ST1300 with Z6's and a DL1000 with Tourance the V-Strom will out corner the ST, I recomend the Tourance, also it fits the bikes look better.
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Gregg,

Have you had any issues with the semi-famous "Tourance wobble" with the front tire?

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Gregg,
I have no doubt the Tourance is a terrific tire and I appreciate your enthusiastic endorsement of them and that may be my eventual choice but my question was: Would the Metzler Roadtec Z6 sport touring tire have a negative impact on the handling or performance of the V-Strom in strictly paved road riding? Has anyone on here gone that route with any brand of tire?
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Hillbilly,

At the other V-Strom forum, they've had a long, lengthy discussion about the Michelin Pilot Road. It's a Sport-Touring tire that is definitely a street only tire.

The consensus was that this was an outstanding street tire with gobs of grip.

The downside was that the rear tire seemed to be toast at 4-6,000 miles.

Right, now that's the big problem with street-only tires for the Strom. The only ones available that fit are so grippy, that tread life suffers massively.

I've looked around, and just can't find much of anything specifically on the Z6 on the Strom. I did find this though:
http://11109.rapidforum.com/topic=10...earch=metzeler

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Re: Tires for V-Strom

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Anybody on here gone with a strictly highway tire? Would using a strictly highway tire upset or or have a negative impact on the handling?
I pitched the stealer installed D607 Dunlops for Bridgestone 020's after 1 trip up the coast in the rain. Been thru 1 1/2 fronts and 3 rears in 24K miles. Traction, wet weather handling and braking are all superior. And they are a very predictable tire at or beyond the limits of adhesion. No surprises. YMMV

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I went street only on my DL650. 12.7k outta the rear Trailwing, 9k so far on the rear Michelin Pilot Road. It is now squared off, but still grips well enough. Should have at least another 3k in it. The front TW went about 20.5k, but that was seriously worn. Mounted up a Metzeler ME880 Marathon front and do not expect to have to touch it until 45-50k rolls around. No problem with the (mis)matched radial rear and belted front tire either. I have a ME880 ready for the rear now, too. I apparently do not push the bike hard enough to wear the tires as fast as a lot of guys on this board. But I do like the handling of the street only tires, and so far, the wet traction is at least as good as the stockers.
BTW, the ME880s are a little bigger than stock sizes-10mm taller in the rear, and 10mm wider in the front-no issues here either.
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Well I'm running a ME880 rear that currently has 26,000km or 16,000 miles and it shows no sign of wearing out yet. My Avon Venom X front has 7500 miles and it works perfectly with the ME880

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Hillbilly,

Right, now that's the big problem with street-only tires for the Strom. The only ones available that fit are so grippy, that tread life suffers massively.

I've looked around, and just can't find much of anything specifically on the Z6 on the Strom. I did find this though:
http://11109.rapidforum.com/topic=10...earch=metzeler

Hope this helps,

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Well I'm running a ME880 rear that currently has 26,000km or 16,000 miles and it shows no sign of wearing out yet. My Avon Venom X front has 7500 miles and it works perfectly with the ME880

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Hillbilly,

Right, now that's the big problem with street-only tires for the Strom. The only ones available that fit are so grippy, that tread life suffers massively.

I've looked around, and just can't find much of anything specifically on the Z6 on the Strom. I did find this though:
http://11109.rapidforum.com/topic=10...earch=metzeler

Hope this helps,
~Mike
The ME880 Marathons are actually what I had in mind when I started this thread. That's what I put on my old Vulcan and they really made a big difference. I don't see V-Stroms sizes listed for the ME880's on the Metzler website. Are you using 150/80R instead of 70R?
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BTW, the ME880s are a little bigger than stock sizes-10mm taller in the rear, and 10mm wider in the front-no issues here either.
HTH
That's

160/70/17 rear

And

110/90/19 front

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