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Old February 17th, 2010   #1
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Default ST1300 Tire choices and sizes

Let's add our comments and reviews of the various tire brands and models. I'm currently trying out the Michelin Pilot Road 2's but, I think I'll be switched back to the ME 880's for my rear tire. Not sure about the front yet.

Important Note: The Metzler ME 880 Radial should be used for the ST1300 at 42 psi, not 50 psi. The 50 psi refers to a bias ply used on the older ST1100 models.
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Old February 17th, 2010   #2
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1606900 is the ME880 120/70ZR 18 TL (59W)

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Z6 Front and ME 880 rear for best performance and mileage

I've tried 'em all, and I've not been able to beat this setup. I will never have another Z6 on the rear. Sure, it held like glue. It was also toast in 5,000 miles, and that's not doing burnouts either.
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I concur with Paul. There is a Metzler ME880 front available in the 120/70ZR18. Replacement tire for the Yamaha Warrior.
I have the Z6 on right now but I wear them out too quickly. Since I plan a long trip this May, I have a replacement set of ME880's on hand.
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Z6 Front and ME 880 rear for best performance and mileage

I've tried 'em all, and I've not been able to beat this setup. I will never have another Z6 on the rear. Sure, it held like glue. It was also toast in 5,000 miles, and that's not doing burnouts either.
I also run a Z6 on the front and ME 880 on the back. I get 10k on the set, so have fresh rubber front and back come replacement time. I am currently on my second set since discarding the OEM Dunlops.
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Z6 Front and ME 880 rear for best performance and mileage

I've tried 'em all, and I've not been able to beat this setup. I will never have another Z6 on the rear. Sure, it held like glue. It was also toast in 5,000 miles, and that's not doing burnouts either.
Which Z6, "Interact" or the other? There is 2 models in Joe's list.
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I am tired of the Pilot Road 2s. I think I will try the Avon Storm. Any Avonites out there?
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I am going to try the Avons out too, Maura. Are you going to try the Storms or the Storm II's?

Here is a pic of my rear PR2 tire after only about 6500 miles. And then a pic of a PR2 after about 10,000 miles. Notice anything in common between the two?

It's being caused by the crown in the road but far too early in the life of the tire for our LD type use.

Handling, while good at first, degrades suddenly early in the life of the tire when the left side starts wearing thin. The front tire really becomes freaky dangerous feeling.
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I tried the Dunlop Roadsmarts this time, they have a good solid feel and feedback in the corners and so far i'm really pleased with them . I've also seen some of the Roadsmarts have had problems. i will probably go back to Michelins next time because i haven't read about any of them coming apart.
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I got 11,000 miles on my original BS 020F and I keep an ME 880 on the rear.
When I fist got the bike the rear felt squirrely but after adjusting the rear shock, it worked a whole lot better.
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