Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Railton, Tasmania, Australia
Tyres - state of the nation
I've recently experienced a problem with some small splits in the carcase of my 9 month old Metz ME880 REINF rear tyre. Pleanty of dialogue has passed with various suppliers and tyre reps etc, to a point where (I believe) here in Oz we are being told all sorts of "porkys" about tyre availability for our LT's. For example, I have been told the Bridgestone Balllax BT020 79V Reinforced tyre has not been made for 4 years and is now superseded by their BT023, but looking on the website that tyre does not conform to our required specs. Then we have the new Michelin Commander 2 which is supposed to last for a zillion Km's, and is suitable for all heavy cruisers, but again, when one delves right into it, that tyre aloso does not meet the spec. then there's the Avon stom 2 Ultra, also does not meet the load/speed rating spec of 79V and is not "REINFORCED". I realise we, as LT riders, are only a small part of the tyre market, but it leaves me wondering who in the tyre industry actually knows about and has researched their subject matter, as they all seem to want to tell us about the "new tyre' that supersedes the existing model, when most times that "new" tyre is in fact not a direct or correct replacement, for 1 or more reasons. Comments please, as I find this quite frustrating, possibly moreso living in Tasmania as we have less outlets for tyres. Sorry for the long rant, Dennis.
1987 Yamaha TY250R
1991 Aprilia Climber 280
1988 K100RT (the pack horse)
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