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post #1 of 3 Old Dec 29th, 2006, 9:38 pm Thread Starter
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Cool Now that was a good bit of AG rubber

Afternoon guys, an gals,....

Beryl Beemer has once again been treated to a new shoe for xmas, this one on the rear....chose to opt for the same of the same, being an ME880.

Soooooooo toodled up to my local BMW dealer, being Procycles at Hornsby, and bought my brand spanking new ME880 for $A295, fitted to a loose wheel. I was forwarned that some major changes had occurred at Procycles since last I supped away at their coffee and let them thrash my credit card...which was for the tune of $2260 or something...

Anyway looks like the new broom (being a car salesman guy called Tony Catti (sp?) has now taken over the dealership, and having paid everyone up, and then offered new wages and conditions to the staff, ended up with only one person from the old "family" group being retained.

Such is life I spose...

Anyway on to rubbery conversations....

fitted the wheel to Beryl yesterday, and "as always", noted down the date/cost and kms in my LT handbook....

29.12.06. New rear ME880 $295:00 147250kms.

Hmmmmm when was the last rear I had, and how many kms did I get outta this one I you do.

flick flick through the handbook, more flick flick....they really should give us more notes type space in these handbooks to write things down...

ahhhh here it is 28.10.04 new rear ME880 due to side wall failing after punctured (I kept riding down the freeway when I knew the tyre was punctured and it got too hot. Had the puncture repaired but the tyre sidewall had deformed enough for it to rub on the drive shaft tunnel)
dated 28.10.04 $A261 116270kms

huh?.....147250kms - 116270kms sorta equates to about 31,000kms (all bar 20kms, which I'm sure I coulda travelled that bit)...that seems real good kms on the rear...maybe I have had a rear and not noted it down in the handbook, I'll have to check my Procycles receipts...(yepp I keep all my receipts)

checked them and couldn't find another tyre replacement receipt...maybe I have lost my Procycle receipt, and will check my credit card statements...(yeppp keep all them too).

still no joy, so it seems that I have managed to wrangle 31,000kms outta a rear tyre....which is the best by far since Beryl was adopted wayyyy back in 99.

Wonder what the rear tyre details have been so far on Beryl...

New in Sept 99, fitted with the Bridgestone Excedra from memory
24.02.00 New rear tyre MEZ4 10640kms. (new front an rear)
27.10.00 new rear tyre ME880 22881kms ($A460 for front an rear)
12.07.01 new rear tyre ME880 40701kms $A260
4.05.02 new rear tyre ME880 60200kms $A267
28.02.03 new rear tyre ME880 78917kms ($A450 for front an rear)
18.03.04 new rear tyre ME880 99404kms ($A435 for front an rear)
28.10.04 new rear tyre ME880 116250kms $A261 (sidewall fail)
29.12.06 new rear tyre ME880 147250kms $A295

The MEZ4 (no ME880's available then) didn't last long, as good/bad as the Excedra.
The average around the 19-20,000kms...and then this one at 31,000kms.

What has changed?? riding style still the conservative approach....tyre pressures always at 42/48psi.
Last 4 months I have been working 6-7 days a week with a new job, and hence have not had a pillion, or been out riding on the weekends, but have just been toodling into the city each day. This has been the longest time since owing Beryl that we have not been out riding.....just work work an more work.
Is that the reason for the magic wear indicator...not getting too hot, minimal weight, poxy roads, slow carpark traffic into the city each day?????????? to watch the New Year's fireworks tomorrow from L15 of the building where I work at in the CBD unobstructed views of the harbour bridge and Opera House...seen here at I have the whole 15th floor to myself looking after Deutsche Bank's critical environment. SWMO has bought a couple of kgs of prawns, couple of bottles of wine, Hilton an Rena coming into the building as well...should be a good night with a good separation between us and the 1 million other Sydney siders expected...

have a good Newyear's party.

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Happy New Year, Phil & all!
Mate, hope you had a great night watching the sparklers.

31,000km is very damn good!!!!!
Good to hear Beryl is chugging along OK.
We should arrange a ride up Hiltons way before they leave, maybe late Jan or early Feb sometime??

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Fantastic mileage, but kinda odd since its about a 1/3 longer than your other rear tyres have lasted, but 30,000 is great considering I only get about 15,000 from my rear tyres. I push mine fairly hard at times though, so I don't expect them to last any longer. Hope the new ones last equally as long. If they do, I 'll give them a try myself.



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