ALREADY need new front tire for my hack... please help choose a BETTER one for me

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by ClearwaterBMW, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. BeeMaa

    BeeMaa Hack Pilot

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    I just got my rig on Thursday.
    Front tire needs to be replaced.
    Thinking I would go with the ME880 120/70ZR19.
    Let me know how the one you have wears.
    It will be a month before I have the tire done.
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  2. Pago Cruiser

    Pago Cruiser Been here awhile

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    While all the tire gurus are here...

    If one was looking to change to a leading link for a dual sport rig (50% pavement, 50% fire road stuff), and a 16x5 rim (with a Vredestein 175/75R16 with a net 5.5" contact patch) is all that was available (to match disks and calipers), would this "wandering" be an issue on the slab? Lot of slab to ride to get to trails sometimes.

    When I lived in CA and rode the SoCal freeways, the rain grooves would always have the bike wandering. A nuisance, but you get used to it. Is the "wide front tire on a hack" wandering similar? Would hate to spend the bucks and say "Oh cr@p" when done... The good news is that AZ freeways don't use concrete grooving; instead we use cheap asphalt and just replace them every 5 years or so...

    Or should I be looking for some means to fit a 15" and less width wheel/tire? Unfortunately I have seen no smaller (in width) 16" tires (unless you get into the Coker Tire antique stuff), and there are not many 15" wheels on HD's...
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  3. BeeMaa

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    Greg,

    Changed my mind on the tire size.
    Went with the Metzler ME 880 110/90H19.
    Putting the rig in for service in about a month and will have it installed then.
    Let you know how it wears.
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  4. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    sounds like the best choice when one is CHANGING to a new size from stock
    i will look forward to hearing how yours wears
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  5. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    a CLOSER inspection of my front tire yields some surprising results (AT LEAST TO ME)

    my tire is wearing much MORE on the INSIDE than OUTSIDE edge

    i'm sure that folks here will point out why THAT is normal
    please do, if you can

    thanks as always, in advance
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  6. BeeMaa

    BeeMaa Hack Pilot

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    Is your steering "neutral" at a constant speed on a level road?
    I know this has been mentioned before but have you checked your toe in?
    Are you making more left hand turns than right?
    Or maybe just a little more confident in the lefties because the car is on the right, so maybe a bit more aggressive?
    Just some thoughts.
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  7. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    eric...
    i wish i could answer all those questions... accurately
    also, i'm wondering how much the EXAGGERATED CROWNS in the road in my area affect this...

    ah... no matter, i suppose
    the rig SEEMS neutral, but you have to remember that i have the ELECTRONIC TILT CONTROL and can "make" the rig neutral in ANY circumstance... so, there is no way to know, i think
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  8. BeeMaa

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    When you say "inside or outside" of the tire, which side do you mean?
    Left or right please...me stupid.
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  9. GregPoole

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    Hi Eric,

    I think you're talking to me instead of the 'other' Greg. :D

    Yes, I'd be very interested to see how your new ME880 wears. I've been off the bike lately due to work and being really sick with a mondo cold, so my tires are not being worn at all at the moment. One of my local Colorado riding mates, DirtyDR, swears by these and he rides way more than I do.

    Cheers,
    Greg
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  10. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    the side CLOSER to the sidecar is the one that is wearing far quicker than that to the OPPOSITE side of the sidecar
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  11. Motoblag

    Motoblag Replacing skill with will

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    Mine has the same wear pattern. My outfit is setup up for neutral steering at about 35 MPH so at higher speeds I am always steering a little away from the sidecar to counteract its drag.
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  12. ClearwaterBMW

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    ah...
    i was hoping to hear "NEWS" like this
    makes perfect sense
    thanks for taking the time to give me your experience
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  13. BeeMaa

    BeeMaa Hack Pilot

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    Sorry 'bout that.
    Getting the tire done next month.
    Will let you know how it goes.
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  14. ClearwaterBMW

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    ah....
    you can never have too many GREGs, as far as i am concerned :D
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  15. GregPoole

    GregPoole Gnarly Coot

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    2nd that. :lol3
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  16. jaydmc

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    The reason you are seeing more tire wear on one side vs the other is the same as even on a two wheeler you will notice when the tires are just about worn out one side has worn more then the other. This is due to the crown of the road, the bike is up right, the road is not 90 degree's to the bike do to road crown.
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  17. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    thank you, jay
    i appreciate it
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  18. Strong Bad

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    All righty then, its been a while now so lets hear what you guys finally ended up with and how they are wearing. I'll be replacing my front for the first time since installing the hack on my GSA. Clearwater? Cesspool?
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  19. GregPoole

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    My ME880 is wearing well so far. Only thing I notice is that it is way more "wobbly" than my previous Tourance. Perhaps that's because it's a harder tread compound for better wear?

    When I'm slowing to a stop the front wobbles back & forth, sort of like a mini tank slapper. Makes it really hard to fly the chair at slow speeds. I may have to put a steering dampener on the front.

    Anyone else notice this with the ME880?
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  20. Strong Bad

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    Once I got my rig setup to be neutral at a constant 30mph, I got much more wobble at 10mph and below. However, it takes very very to stop it, simply having both hands on the bars is enough. I don't know what would happen if I took both hands off, I think it would go into major tank slappers.
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