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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old May 2nd, 2009, 6:01 pm Thread Starter
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metzler me880

I am wondering if anyone has tried running Metzler ME880 tires front and rear on a late model GT. I remember reading about using one on the rear but if anyone has tried them front and rear I would like to know how the handling was and how long they lasted.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old May 31st, 2009, 12:26 am
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Sorry, I must have missed this post the first time around.

Yes, I've run two full sets of ME880's on my '07 GT, for ~20K miles.

First off, they don't make ME880s in the correct size for the rear of the GT (180/55-17). The front tire is no problem (120/70-17). You can run a 170/60-17 ME880 on the rear without any problems, except for the normal 880 issues of front tire cupping and howling, severely reduced handling in the corners, excessive squiggliness over painted lines and tar snakes, and complete lack of traction in the wet. Other than that, they're fine.

I did get 12,700 miles in about two weeks from the first rear (almost exclusively highway miles), with the front still looking good. The second rear only lasted 7,800 miles (lots more back roads), while the front still looked new. But I hated the tires the entire time I had them on the bike.

In fact, I still have some half-worn 880's hanging in the garage for my GT and my old LT, and I just can't be bothered to put them back on. Nope, no thanks.

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Ken,
Thanks for the info. Looks like I will avoid the 880's.
I am looking for a long wearing tire to use when touring two up with my wife.
any suggestions? I have tried Avon storms, Pilot roads and bt020's.
I am sure we are at or above the maximum weight for the GT with me (6'9" 300lbs)
my wife (170lbs) plus full bags.
any air pressure recommendations?
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 2009, 10:55 pm
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Yeah, with 87K miles (that's 11 fronts and 16 rears) on my GT, I've had some experience with tire choices.

Check this thread for my thoughts, and this post for my most recent update. Note that I'm notoriously hard on tires, but that's how I ride so I expect the tires to hold up to that.

But it sounds like you've already tried the best options here.

The short version is that for me, the Avon Storms provide the best combination of wet & dry grip, handling, longevity, and perhaps most importantly, handling that holds to the end of the tire's life.

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'09 Magnesium Beige Metallic K13GT, 60K miles miles and counting...
'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
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All lower 48 states plus Alaska on the K13GT in two weeks . . .

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