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Old 05-01-2012, 12:22 PM   #1
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Metzeler ME 880 Marathon mileage question

I just put a brand new set on my Shadow. For anybody that has tried these out, what kind of mileage did you get out of them?
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:20 PM   #2
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I have ~ 4,000 on my set and can hardly see any wear at all. They are on a Honda VT1300. The bridgestones that came on the bike were showing wear and cupping on the front at this same time. They ended up lasting about 10,000. I like the Metzelers much better. Smoother riding and better handling.
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:29 PM   #3
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I used them on a Trophy 1200 and a R1150RT. 12,000 or so. Made a little noise in the curves toward the end, but handled great wet or dry.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:13 PM   #4
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10K with barhopping under hard accerleration on my Fat Boy. They dont track road grooves like the Dunlops that come stock on Harleys and wear much better too. They start feeling greasy or slippery on turns when they get close to being worn out though.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:54 PM   #5
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On my 2001 R1200C I've been using ME880 tires for 12 riding seasons. I have 73,000 plus miles and have averaged 10,000 miles on the rear tire and 12,000 miles for the front tire. It's been a terrific tire for me over the years.
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:33 PM   #6
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12,000 to 15,000 on my GL1500 Goldwing
My last replacement, at about 12,000, the front was getting down there but maybe had a a thousand or two miles left on it. There rear was much better it might have had 3 or 4 K, but I was going on a long trip so I replaced both tires. Plus the shop had a special $20 tire removal, mount and balance for any bike!!
They were not happy to see a Goldwing, which generally takes a couple of hours and usually runs $100 plus just for the rear.... it was a good deal
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:36 PM   #7
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The ones I put on my '03 Concours lasted about 20,000 miles. Maybe even a bit more. I replaced with the same.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:10 PM   #8
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The ones I put on my '03 Concours lasted about 20,000 miles. Maybe even a bit more. I replaced with the same.

How was the grip? The people over on the ZGGTR forums hate the 880s.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:19 PM   #9
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I have ran a few sets of 880's on my bike and find them to be very neutral. The need to have high air pressure to get good wear. like 40 front and 43 rear for my Guzzi making them very solid and really showing the bumps and road joice's
I very seldom get over 8,000 mi on them but I am ride heavy and fast so that can really tear through a tire.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:08 AM   #10
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How was the grip? The people over on the ZGGTR forums hate the 880s.
For on road use they are fine. I've used the ME880'S for the past 10 years and ME88's before that. On cruisers I've gotten 12000 to 15000 miles a set, on my Trophy 900 around 12000 miles and on my Sprint ST about 10K.

Proper inflation is key to longevity.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:39 AM   #11
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Run them on my K1200LT, averaging 12k front and 8k rear. YMMV on the Shadow.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:48 AM   #12
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Thanks all for the info, making me feel good about the purchase so far. They handle much better than the Dunlops that came on it.

I have noticed people talking about the tire pressures should be higher on this tire. Is this a case where you would ignore the bike manufacturer's (in this case Honda) recommendation, and go with the tire manufacturer?

Thanks again.
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:31 PM   #13
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1 to 3 PSI higher than what's in the manual. Usually biased to higher in the rear tire.

i.e.: In the Trophy 39 F/ 42 R works for me.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:04 PM   #14
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12-15k miles on an '04 R1150RT. I'm on my third set.
Tire pressure: BMW recommends 32F/36R. I run 36F/40R.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:55 AM   #15
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Ran them on my 2000 K1200LT. Got 19-20k on the front, about 14k on the rear.

Keep the pressure up in them, I ran 42 front/48 rear.
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