Metzeler ME 880 Marathon mileage question

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by UJM, May 1, 2012.

  1. UJM

    UJM Adventurer

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    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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  2. danh600

    danh600 Been here awhile

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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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  3. Yankee Dog

    Yankee Dog Long timer

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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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  4. speedracertdi

    speedracertdi Been here awhile

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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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  5. Scalzitti

    Scalzitti Adventure Driven

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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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  6. meatwitheyes

    meatwitheyes Bon Vivant

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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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  7. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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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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  8. IRideASlowBike

    IRideASlowBike Banned

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    How was the grip? The people over on the ZGGTR forums hate the 880s.
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  9. cjb4u

    cjb4u Adventurer

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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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  10. trumpet

    trumpet Group W Bench

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    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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  11. newcastleadam

    newcastleadam Artful Tagger

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    Run them on my K1200LT, averaging 12k front and 8k rear. YMMV on the Shadow.
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  12. UJM

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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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  13. trumpet

    trumpet Group W Bench

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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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  14. kobukan

    kobukan almost gnarly

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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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  15. k12lts

    k12lts Been here awhile

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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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  16. boney

    boney Ride > Post

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    I've got a set on my R1150RT right now... I'm at about 11,000 miles and the rear is beginning to show a flat spot and is noisy in the corners.

    Grip wise, I've never has a problem, wet or dry EXCEPT; with the whizzy BMW brakes I can get the tires to "impending skid" on dry pavement by dropping anchor and the ME880 does not stop as well as a stickier sport-touring tire like the PR2/3, the Dunlop Roadsmart, or Z6. It is a noticeable and significant difference.:deal
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  17. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    I have them on my connie, they "feel" like they're gonna break loose at any moment, but once you realize it's all in yoru head and just go with it they're fine. Sure, they are not confidence inspiring like a set of Avons or Pirelli's but they last forever.

    The set on my shadow had over 22 or 25k on them, only reason I replaced was because the rear got slashed and there were already 6 plugs in the rear and 4 up front. They still had enough tread...according to lincoln's head.
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  18. danh600

    danh600 Been here awhile

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    Yes, ignore the sticker on the bike.

    Go here.
    http://www.us.metzelermoto.com/web/products/tire_pressures/default.page

    I run the higher pressure on my VT1300 and notice no difference in performance. Just a little firmer ride on rough roads.
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  19. danh600

    danh600 Been here awhile

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    12,000 miles and they show wear of course but don't look close to being worn out. Stock tires were gone at 10,000.
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  20. Kurro

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    30.000 km yes!.... 30.000 km on Kawa VN 900 Classic, I buy the bike new in 2.008, with Dunlop tires, are dangerous with 12.000 km but see well, chage tires when the bike have 14.000 and today have 45.000 km.

    Next week buy news Metzeler ME 880.
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