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I have two options for tires here where I live. One place is offering me the Metzeler ME880 tires for my C50 and the other is offering the Dunlop D404 tires. The Metzeler's are more expensive but the dealer is cheaper on the install. Both places are going to run me $550 installed for front and rear. What do you think? Which would you go with?
 

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I took off the stock Bridgestones with only one mile on them, when I bought the new Nomad, and replaced them with the Metzeler ME 880's. That's how high my opinion of them is. GREAT tires! :D Of course, that's only my 2 cents. :lol: ($345.00)
 

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Wow, where do you live? I just did metz front and back for less then $400 front and back installed and that was with new tubes and tax.
 

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I went with the ME880 last year. I bought mine from the dealer and both tire's,tube's,mount and balance + tax for $437. $550 sounds a little high to me.
 

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How far from the border are you? I'd take a ride south; the money you'd save would pay for a nice trip especially with the weak dollar.
Last Oct I went with the Metz 880's, great tire. I paid $108 for the front and $143 for the back plus $80 for mounting and balancing.
 

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bikerboy said:
Yup... go with the Metzlers. 8)
Gotta second this vote. When I got my bike, it had Dunlop tires. At about 7,500 miles, the rear tire was thoroughly shot and the front was pretty close. No, I'm not on commision for them, but I do love 'em.

I switched to Metzeler Marathon ME880 blackwalls and with over 18,000 miles on the front tire, it still passes inspection. The rear only got to 18,000 and had to be changed...only 18,000? I'll take that anytime. Not only that, you can get the ME880 XXL 200 series now and they fit our rear just fine if you don't have a chrome driveshaft cover. They handle extremely well in the rain and are very quiet on the highway. The mechanic that installed my rear tire for me said that this was the thickest, heaviest tire in it's size range that he's ever installed.

Nextly, they are always cheaper online, at places like:
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/ than stealers can charge. Just find out how much a local shop will charge to install them. Buy the tires and tubes at the website above and you'll come out ahead. I usually pay $90.00 to mount & balance both tires, $45.00 for one.

170/80-15 Rear tire currently $140.99
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.co...tzeler-ME-880-Marathon-Touring-Rear-Tire.aspx

130/90-16 Front tire currently $104.99
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.co...zeler-ME-880-Marathon-Touring-Front-Tire.aspx

AND [drumroll please...]
ME880 XXL 200/80-15 Rear tire currently $189.99
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/31/401/6130/ITEM/Metzeler-ME-880-Marathon-XXL-Rear-Tire.aspx

Good luck!
 

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tanker has dunlop 404 blackwalls on his shadow, i have the metz ME880's on my C50...i barely even notice imperfections in the pavement and tar snakes, but tanker's bike gets tossed around by them, especially in the wet. we're getting new tires for him in the next couple of weeks, and we're gonna try to find ME880's for him.

btw, $550 installed is a decent price for them. i paid about the same (well, my dad did anyway - he gets me awesome christmas presents :wink: ) last november from zdeno cycle in kitchener, ON. if you filled in your profile with your province and city, i might be able to make some recommendations :)

cheers!

-mistress k
 

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ME880's for sure.

Bought a set last week, Wide Whites ...Front and Back, installed and balanced with new rim bands and tubes for about $380.00 at B-K Motorsports in Oliver Springs, TN.

http://www.windrockmotorsports.com
 

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and now i dare ya to go ask what they'd want to ship those tires to canada...and add on between $50-150 for duty, tax and brokerage, depending on how they ship them...then add installation :wink:

cheers!

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mistressk said:
...i barely even notice imperfections in the pavement and tar snakes,
-mistress k
Tar snakes is the only complaint I've got about my factory IRC's. I hit one in a turn and the front wheel slips sideways. I'll need a new front tire next season...I'm going with the metzler 880. :wink:
 

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Windburn Bill said:
mistressk said:
...i barely even notice imperfections in the pavement and tar snakes,
-mistress k
Tar snakes is the only complaint I've got about my factory IRC's. I hit one in a turn and the front wheel slips sideways. I'll need a new front tire next season...I'm going with the metzler 880. :wink:
you'll love it! somehow they manage to bring excellent road feel and a pillowy ride together in one tire. i don't understand it, but i sure like it! it's also very easy to feel if your pressures are off - i notice a difference of 2psi up or down pretty much immediately :)

cheers!

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HI K!


The IRC's were on the bike when I bought it so I haven't been able to compare them with another brand of tire. Who knows, I might feel a lot of differences between the two. I just put a complete new zero mile wheel/ IRC tire assy on the back so I'm stuck with that for a while but the front gets replaced next year with a Met 880. Hate that squirrly feeling when I hit those tar snakes! In Arizona the road surface temps can hit 160 degrees and those snakes turn into goo.
 

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bikerboy said:
Yup... go with the Metzlers. 8)
Gotta second this vote. When I got my bike, it had Dunlop tires. At about 7,500 miles, the rear tire was thoroughly shot and the front was pretty close. No, I'm not on commision for them, but I do love 'em.

I switched to Metzeler Marathon ME880 blackwalls and with over 18,000 miles on the front tire, it still passes inspection. The rear only got to 18,000 and had to be changed...only 18,000? I'll take that anytime. Not only that, you can get the ME880 XXL 200 series now and they fit our rear just fine if you don't have a chrome driveshaft cover. They handle extremely well in the rain and are very quiet on the highway. The mechanic that installed my rear tire for me said that this was the thickest, heaviest tire in it's size range that he's ever installed.

Nextly, they are always cheaper online, at places like:
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/ than stealers can charge. Just find out how much a local shop will charge to install them. Buy the tires and tubes at the website above and you'll come out ahead. I usually pay $90.00 to mount & balance both tires, $45.00 for one.

170/80-15 Rear tire currently $140.99
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.co...tzeler-ME-880-Marathon-Touring-Rear-Tire.aspx

130/90-16 Front tire currently $104.99
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.co...zeler-ME-880-Marathon-Touring-Front-Tire.aspx

AND [drumroll please...]
ME880 XXL 200/80-15 Rear tire currently $189.99
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/31/401/6130/ITEM/Metzeler-ME-880-Marathon-XXL-Rear-Tire.aspx

Good luck!
Thanks for the breakdown IronMan. I have an 04 VL800 with about 10k on my factory tires and need to upgrade. What woud be the pros/cons of the XXL?
 

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Windburn Bill said:
HI K!


The IRC's were on the bike when I bought it so I haven't been able to compare them with another brand of tire. Who knows, I might feel a lot of differences between the two. I just put a complete new zero mile wheel/ IRC tire assy on the back so I'm stuck with that for a while but the front gets replaced next year with a Met 880. Hate that squirrly feeling when I hit those tar snakes! In Arizona the road surface temps can hit 160 degrees and those snakes turn into goo.
heya bill! :D

yeah, even on a hot day here (100 degrees), the IRCs felt like crap on tar snakes. with the metz, i don't even notice them, though i must admit i haven't had them out on a real hot day yet...only put 'em on in november :wink:

cheers!

-mistress k
 

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After running Metzlers for the past 7,000 miles, it would be difficult to go to a different brand unless they were half the price.
 
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