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post #1 of 25 Old 12-28-2005, 12:05 PM
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If you're shopping for tires, this could help.

Considering we're in between riding seasons here in Pennsylvania, and I'm about due for some tires - I've been taking my time and doing some research on which make and model I'd like to put on my 650 Strom. This web page has some useful info.

http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/VStrom3.html

I had been recently given a magazine article (either out of Motor Cyclist or another major publication) that tested the Dunlop D607. The writer gave 'em a thumbs up over the stock trailwings.

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post #2 of 25 Old 12-29-2005, 10:34 AM
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yup...BUT if you ride only on the street get the Me880's and don't look back. They did not test them. ..Not that I expect them to test EVERY tire.

I find "track" tests to be different from real road driving ... 1st I cant be flying around at speeds that will remove my license from my wallet. (this means tire temp is different than on the track) 2) I don't drive a sport bike I drive a regular old "street" bike you know where the middle wears down first.

At speed limit speed I can't get much off "center" wear.. at 2x the speed limit I'm still not even close to the "edge" of the tires.. at 3x MAYBE I can ..... Well unless you try, and cut your corners sharp on purpose (a bad line) to try and touch your pegs.

My wear looks like this \---/ with a chicken stripe about an inch or so. The side wear is if fairly decent about 1/2 the wear as the middle.. Soooo if you add the left and right = 50% it equals the same as the middle ... This means I spend about 50% of the time in a corner and 50% of the time straight up. I will take a picture and try to post.

I have found that Metzler's Me88's and Me880's have worked well. A sport touring tire is a sticky tire that lasts about 3-4,000 miles. That for me is not enough. I want a touring tire that just happens to be sticky.. For me the Me880's do that.

I have yet have them loose traction in the corners... Work well in the wet, and seem to last a lot longer than the "sport touring tires" I have tried.

Last set of BT020's cost me $400 at the dealer installed. Having to do that 2x a year hurts. The Me880's will at least last the season....

I am trying out the Conti Road Attacks next on the V11 will see how those work out.

But back to the Strom... I don't need "off road" but do live in twisty road country. I ride moderately fast and want a tire that both sticks and lasts. The Me880's do it for me.

If I start to ride more "adventure" style than I will get the dual sport tires the rest of you use... but till then I honestly really only ride my Strom on the pavement. If that's what you do too than look at the Me880's .... A tad taller in the rear. More gear and corrects odometer error.

With the advancement in rubber over the years tires can last and stick pretty good too.
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Interestingly enough, every single one of the V-Stroms (both flavors) that I saw at the Iron Butt Rally checkpoint in Maine, were wearing Metzeler Marathons. 88 or 880 whichever it is...

These folks know about the importance of getting a lot of miles out of a good tire. 11,000 in 11 days. No big deal, right? :wink: They don't like to take too much time getting gas, so I bet they'd skip a tire change if they could safely do it, eh?

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But back to the Strom... I don't need "off road" but do live in twisty road country. I ride moderately fast and want a tire that both sticks and lasts. The Me880's do it for me.
+1 for everything JohnInNH said except that, for Stromette, the Metzeler Z6 takes the cake by a long shot. (yeah, yeah, I know, they don't make them for the Strom but they still get my vote :lol: How do we get Metzeler to make the Z6 for the Strom?!) :cry: Aside from not having a Z6 as a choice I'd suggest the Metzeler Tourance...it's no M1 or Z6 but definitely better than that OEM junkwing thing IMHO. Lastly, JohnInNH, go throw a set of Z6s on that V11! :wink: (The V11 Sport here loves 'em!!)

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post #5 of 25 Old 12-30-2005, 08:34 AM
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Pirelli Diablo or Metzeler Z6 Roadtec= allmost the same thing. Both of them are made in the same factory with the same compound, with the same rubber, with the same machines, with the same workers, with the same money etc. The difference in the tyre is the profile. Maybe the handeling is different too. I dont know, because I do not know nobody with those tyres on his bike (Z6).....

These wear to fast for me... That's why I like the Me880's

On the V11 The Conti Road Attack's are next in line.. I am HOPING they last 6K (rear) http://canyonchasers.net/blog/archiv...ks-Tested.html

However I am hearing the Z6 gets better wear than the Conti's but I have the tires already... Next time the Z6 for the Le Mans!
post #6 of 25 Old 12-30-2005, 10:03 AM
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On the topic of tyres, I just found out from my pals Chad and Justin at American Motorcycle Tire that a long-awaited shipment of Dunlop D607s has finally arrived. This is a very good 90% street-use tyre at bargain pricing.

They've been in very short supply and on national backorder for months now. Glad to see Dunlop whipped up another batch! :wink:

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post #7 of 25 Old 01-03-2006, 01:50 PM
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Found the referenced article...

The Dunlop D607 article was in the November 2005 issue of Rider magazine, page 71 - in the Rider GearLab. I can scan and email it, but I'm not sure how to post it here. You could probably catch it online at Rider's site.
post #8 of 25 Old 01-03-2006, 02:11 PM
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Thanks man! That's exactly where it was reviewed.

I have heard more than one first hand account of that being a fine sticky tire at a good price. That's an attractive combination.

Thanks again for looking that one up!

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'06 KLX 250S (more fun than people should be allowed to have)
'72 SL-350 K2 (bump start only)
'72 CL-350 (on injured reserve list at this time)

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post #9 of 25 Old 01-16-2006, 11:16 PM
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tires for v strom 650

I've used Michelin Anakees since the Trailwings wore out. I like 'em--you can corner hard and they wear fairly well. Don't know about the Metzlers...
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post #10 of 25 Old 01-18-2006, 08:54 PM
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When my ME880's are toast I will be looking for something else. I don't like the shake on decel

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