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Metzler Tires OK?

My local tire guy has them on sale. Are they ok? Was looking for Avonís, but he doesnít carry them. He says Michelin doesnít make the rear size any more.
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Hmm, I’m going with these. Hope they are ok. I had them on a VTX many years ago, and thought they were fine. Hopefully I’ll get decent wear out of them.

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Ok, Iíve found the Michelin Commander II tires at a decent price. The 55 in the rear wonít bother me. My biggest concern is running a radial on the rear and a bias ply on the front. Iíve never done that. Is anyone running these? What kind of tire life are you seeing. Without any responses on the Metzlers, Iím thinking they may not do well.


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I didn't post before since I have no experience with either of those brand tires on a bike. I've used Dunlop on my Gold Wing with good results, but not good results with the stock Dunlop that were on my CTX (good wear but bad performance... slipped on almost anything but dry pavement). I've used Bridgestones on almost all my previous bikes as well as my current scoot and like them really well. Good wear and good performance. I've used Avon tires in the authorized sizes on both my ST and CTX and like those the best on those bikes of all the tires. On the CTX it was Storm 3 xd on the rear and Cobra on the front. Very good wear and also very good performance. I tried Shinko tires on my CTX and while those gave the best performance but they wore out faster than others. Those didn't last long enough to make the lower price worth it since I could find Avons for only 20% more and was seeing at least 50% longer life, possibly 75% longer wear.

I've heard good things about the Michelin C2 tires by members here (surprised no one has posted). I don't recall hearing about any issues with Metzler tires so cannot say anything on those.

Know that your speedo will be reading different compared to actual with the taller tire.
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Had Metzlers on my Shadow Spirit 1100. Were a decent tire. Heard some bad reviews about sidewalk cracking, but I never experienced that. ...Until I bought a used VMax with Metzlers on it with a crack all the way around on the sidewalks.

Have been using ExedraMax tires on the CTX, and fairly happy with them. However, am changing to Michelin Commander II’s. Front is already on, rear is in the garage awaiting install. Really liked them on my 3G Magna, and seems like a marked improvement so far on the CTX. Quite a bit more money than the ExedraMax’s, but those tires are a pretty damned import part of what keeps you “off the pavement”. And I have been “on the pavement” before...
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Thx. Iím thinking of going with the C2s. I have my gps in front of the speedometer any way, so thatís how I watch mph.


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Ordered the C2s. Hope to get them installed later this week. Depends on Revzilla shipping. Iíll post back her what I think.



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Sorry for not stating it earlier, MoPops - should have checked into americanmototire.com . When ordered mine, were cheaper than anybody around, date codes were less than 5 months old, and included FREE shipping. Might keep them in mind for later ...
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My last rear tire was the commander II. Performance of it was just fine, no complaints at all. I wasn't happy with the wear however as I had read so much about how this was a high mileage tire which I didn't get. I think @fbnewell1 was probably correct in why my mileage wasn't so great tho - the back roads around my house are a chipseal type which is rough on any tire. When I got the commander, I put an Elite 4 on the front as I didn't want to mix radial and bias - although many have said they do it with no problem. I'm still running that elite 4 with a Pilot 5 on the rear now, which was all I could get in stock at the time. I was thinking about ordering a set of Metzler 888's to have on hand so I don't get stuck again, having to use whatever dealer has in stock.
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Hi, I had a Ducati 906 Paso many years ago that also had unusual tire sizes and only one manufacturer made radials for them, Michelin the original supplier (in Europe the original tire manufacturer has to make 200 pairs min for 15 yrs after the bike ceased production) It had a radial on the back ( 160/60/16 ) and a cross ply on the front ( 120/80/16) stock size was (130/60/160) radial the handling was odd and it tended to fall into corners at the front ass the side wall was far to high so you got the very unnerving feeling it was going to fall over. the cure was to fit the wheels off a 900 ss series Duke to it.
You may or may not have similar issues.
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