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Old February 21st, 2010   #11
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Which Z6, "Interact" or the other? There is 2 models in Joe's list.
I don't recall. It has been a long time since I ran the Z6 rear. Either way, I won't be running another one in either form.
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Old February 21st, 2010   #12
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Joe, why the 50 lbs for the rear ME880?
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Old February 21st, 2010   #13
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The original ME880 is no longer available and a new version with a higher weight rating is available here. The new version is a replacement for the BMW 1200LT - the big BMW touring model. Is this why there is a higher psi requirement?
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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.
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Old February 21st, 2010   #15
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I don't recall where I saw the 50 psi requirement but, if I get the ME 880, I'll probably run 42 in it.

I do know that we used to run 48 psi in the bias ply rears that we put on the ST1100 back in the day. That was from a recommendation directly from a Metzler rep given to Alan Barbic when he first talked to them about using that tire on an ST1100.

Perhaps the higher psi is a hangover from that?

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The original ME880 is no longer available and a new version with a higher weight rating is available here. The new version is a replacement for the BMW 1200LT - the big BMW touring model. Is this why there is a higher psi requirement?
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I ran 42 psi in the ME880 and they worked well in that range. I got exceptional wear out of the ME880's. Last pair was a set of Z6's and what a difference and again at 42 psi. The problemis the 6000 km replacement factor. 3 sets a summer is hard on the wallet. Z6 corners well, ME880 more of a truck tire.
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Liked the BT020, then tried the Michelins. Handling, comfort, grip, mileage all the same. But the Michelins make a high-pitched noise that drove me crazy. I was sooooo glad when they finally wore out ! Went right back to BT020, don't think I will every try another tire...
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Not sure what you're hearing, Superdirk.

I always wear earplugs to protect my hearing so, maybe that is why I didn't notice any high-pitched noise.

If you're not wearing earplugs, I would really recommend it. Over time, wind noise can cause permanent hearing loss. That's a lot more annoying than a temporary high-pitched whine.

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Liked the BT020, then tried the Michelins. Handling, comfort, grip, mileage all the same. But the Michelins make a high-pitched noise that drove me crazy. I was sooooo glad when they finally wore out ! Went right back to BT020, don't think I will every try another tire...
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Old February 25th, 2010   #19
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PLUS 1 on the ear plugs. Couple of friends who rode professionally before we understood about ear damage now have very uncomfortable tinnitus. I have worn earplugs for years and have never heard any high pitched tyre noise on any bike on any tyre. Not to say it ain't there - just can't hear it if it is.
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I never did this before getting into sport touring, but I do wear them most of the time now.
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