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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 14th, 2010, 3:25 pm Thread Starter
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Model Specific Metzeler for K1300S?

Just discovered a nail in my rear tire (just over a 1,000 miles on the tire). I want to replace the tire with the exact tire that came with the bike (2010 K1300S). The tire is the Metzeler Sportec M3 190/55 ZR17. My question is whether I should order the "E" model specific version of the M3. I think this is the exact tire that is OEM, but am not 100% sure. Does anyone know for sure?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 15th, 2010, 12:03 am
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Currently, Metzeler's international website lists the "E" version for the K13S 2009 up, front & rear. The US Metz website lists only up to K1200 models.

A sheet metal screw punctured the rear OEM Conti SA on my new '09 K13S at 700mi. I plugged the tire myself with motorcycle plug kit and ran it without problems for another 4000mi (replaced f/r just before trip). I knew I didn't want the the SA's again. Since then I've been running only Mich Pilot Power 2's... longer mileage, sharper handling, but think I'm going to try the new 190/55 Pilot Road 2's to see how much better mileage I can get without losing much in the handling dept.

Here's the link. If the sizes don't show right away, just check "I accept" then click "Go" and you'll see the f/r "E" tires recommended:
http://www.metzelermoto.com/web/fitm...#fitmentanchor

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Save yourself some coin and dsmnt the tire and get it patched on the inside..if it was just a nail it will be fine
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Save yourself some coin and dsmnt the tire and get it patched on the inside..if it was just a nail it will be fine
Two motorcycle dealerships and even a tire center in this area would not repair my tire as part of their service policy (patch or plug) when it needed a fix. That's just part of their general service policy (no liability); no big deal to lose one m/c customer. By the time he pays someone (or buys tire irons, etc) to dismount the tire, he might be thinking I'll just put the $$ toward a new tire.
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Two motorcycle dealerships and even a tire center in this area would not repair my tire as part of their service policy (patch or plug) when it needed a fix. That's just part of their general service policy (no liability); no big deal to lose one m/c customer. By the time he pays someone (or buys tire irons, etc) to dismount the tire, he might be thinking I'll just put the $$ toward a new tire.
True....plugs work fine as long as its just a hole and not a rip..but you never know what it looks like inside...but so far I have been fine with plugs as long as its the rear only...A front I would never plug..new for sure cha ching
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True....plugs work fine as long as its just a hole and not a rip..but you never know what it looks like inside...but so far I have been fine with plugs as long as its the rear only...A front I would never plug..new for sure cha ching

shed some lights on why tire plugs restrict to rear not the front...

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shed some lights on why tire plugs restrict to rear not the front...

much appreicate it
because it is far less dangerous to have one give way on the rear than the front and the front tire is less expensive
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BAK's right,
Plus: front tire takes all the forces from steering and braking, doesn't have as much meat on it, and less volume of air in front, thus it deflates faster if it fails. Get new front tire; forget fixing unless it gets you to nearby tire source. Drive slow!!!
Emphasis again: M/C plugs, not the car/truck variety. M/C plugs don't "cut" as they maintain a sticky, soft seal through the area of penetration.

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I would agree on no plugs for the front....but, in all the punctures I have experienced, all have been on the rear as the front must flip it up and the rear hits it?

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I called Metzeler today...they confirmed that the "E" is model specific (and OEM) to K1300S.

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