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Cool Beryl Beemer gets new tyres for her birthday

And so it came to pass that Beryl Beemer, officially clocks up yet another year being registered on the roads of Australia.

This will be celebrated each year on 2 Sept. From 1999 now through to 2013, fourteen years and still chugging along, sometimes she just spins along so sweet you feel like just going and going and going.

Need to get a pink slip (road worthiness certificate for those not aware of what a pink slip is, thinking it is some female apparell, or I suppose could be male apparall....I wont judge! which is scheduled for tomorrow.

Friday tomorrow, yes that seems appropriate, wind down day.

Thought I would give Beryl an early birthday pressy and get some new Metzlers. The ones I had on would probably be able to hold the bike up without using the side or centre stand. I see I had 18,000kms up on them. yep could have gone to 20,000kms but hey what the heck they are cheap enough.

There is something sexy about a new set of motorcycle tyres, dunno what is, the feel, the smell of virgin rubber, the newness ...ggggaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..... (ok I may have some problem but bare with me..)

Soooo some new tyres were the order of the day.

Arranged with Motohansa that I would need to take a 1/2 day off work, zipp home, pull the wheels off and take em 10mins down the road to Motohansa for the tyres to be fitted, plus new valves.

The cost for these were:
Front ME880 $A190.00
Rear ME880R $A244.55
Valves (2off) $A9.0
Labour $A37.35

Total around the $A529.10

Just looking back to the cost of my first set of ME880's, supplied and fitted to wheels brought in, way back in 27/10/00, and I paid $A460 for the two then. Didn't get charged anything for labout back then. so taking out the labour content the two tyres have actually got cheaper in over 13 years by $A25.65.....

How goood is that huh?

Have attached, as always, some pix of these nice new tyres... GGGgggggaaaaaaaaaaahh.

Even gave Beryl a bubble bath.

Niiiccceeeeeeee new tyres.......

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Re: Beryl Beemer gets new tyres for her birthday

Hey Phil, just as a metter of interest, are they German or Brazillian (not bald yet ). The 2 differ slightly I've found - on the rears the sides of the tread grooves are parallel whereas on the Brazillian ones the sides look to splay out slightly. Not that it makes any difference from what I can see, but I've never worn out a rear ME880 yet, all 3 have cracked in the bottom of the tread grooves in the outer carcase only. I run 48 psi cold in the rear and we travel fully loaded a lot, I think it's just a bit too much for the tyre ?? Dunno. I'm going to try a BS 020 on the rear next time, probably run it at 44 - 46 max.

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Hey Phil, <snip> are they German or Brazillian (not bald yet ). The 2 differ slightly I've found - on the rears the sides of the tread grooves are parallel whereas on the Brazillian ones the sides look to splay out slightly. Not that it makes any difference from what I can see, but I've never worn out a rear ME880 yet, all 3 have cracked in the bottom of the tread grooves in the outer carcase only. I run 48 psi cold in the rear and we travel fully loaded a lot, I think it's just a bit too much for the tyre ?? Dunno. I'm going to try a BS 020 on the rear next time, probably run it at 44 - 46 max.
"Brazillian".....cough splutter...."Brazillian"...huh...Beryl having a Brazillian?? hmmmmmm sounds interesting, but sorry to say, never heard of a Brazillian ME880.

Have learnt something today....the day is not wasted.

Sounds like you should be doing something slightly different if all your rear tyres (3 total??) suffer from cracking.....what Km's do you notice this at ( "30,000kms" ahhhhhhhhh hahhaha there may be the problems those cracks you see are actually the steel cords poking through....hahahhahahhahah

Speaking of steel cords poking through I did actually run my fingers across the rear tyre of a 1200 Bandit late at night, in the dark, which had the registration of "Bitch".

ok, you may ask what was I doing rubbing my fingers across the rear tyre late at night on someone else's bike????? (nahhhhh nothing to do with how I think new tyres are sexy) just that this tyre was "slick"..........and yes the steel cords were actually poking through the casing, and of course then into my finger. Lesson learnt....

Anyway back to the ME880, I run the same pressures, always have done, 42 front, 48 rear. Maybe your roads are somewhat different to where you are compared to the pot holes we have to fly over here??

Interesting.

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I have just put on new Metz 880s front and rear (supplied by Motohansa).
I wish I was getting the same mileage out of mine. I checked my receipts from previous, back - 12,000 kms, front - 10,000 kms and both had run out of rubber on the sides. Damned old pac hwy!
I'm about to replace the front shock but at the moment she is heaven to ride. I wish they would keep that feeling

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I have just put on new Metz 880s front and rear (supplied by Motohansa).
I wish I was getting the same mileage out of mine. I checked my receipts from previous, back - 12,000 kms, front - 10,000 kms and both had run out of rubber on the sides. Damned old pac hwy!
I'm about to replace the front shock but at the moment she is heaven to ride. I wish they would keep that feeling
Hi Greg, would you like to share the cost of the tyres from Motohansa, as to what I paid, from the same dealer. Interesting minds would like to know.

12000kms??????....huh???
The original radial tyres I had with Beryl wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy back in 99 I only got 10,000kms outta.....worst kms I have ever had outta a set of tyres....didnt bother buying another set. How come you have got 12,000kms outta a set of ME880's?

Where are you getting your front shock from ???? Sean at Penrith. As you know I got a Wilburs front shock from him about 6-7 years ago. Cant say I was overly impressed in the Wilburs, maybe I don't understand the set up, went from least number to most number on the shock and didn't feel much difference at all. think I paid $1000 for that.

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Hey Phil, those wheels came up real nice.... I didn't put that much effort into mine recently when they got new shoes.
FWIW, I bought mine from MCA (online through Auburn store, shipped to Taren Point).
ME880 front $207.95
ME880 rear $269.95
shipping to Taren Point store $8
fitting: free
Total cost: $485.90

although it did say Discount = $38.95 on the receipt, so guess I got about 6.5% discount somehow.


How did you get $529.10??? Doesn't add up...

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Hi Greg, would you like to share the cost of the tyres from Motohansa, as to what I paid, from the same dealer. Interesting minds would like to know.

12000kms??????....huh???
The original radial tyres I had with Beryl wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy back in 99 I only got 10,000kms outta.....worst kms I have ever had outta a set of tyres....didnt bother buying another set. How come you have got 12,000kms outta a set of ME880's?

Where are you getting your front shock from ???? Sean at Penrith. As you know I got a Wilburs front shock from him about 6-7 years ago. Cant say I was overly impressed in the Wilburs, maybe I don't understand the set up, went from least number to most number on the shock and didn't feel much difference at all. think I paid $1000 for that.

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I paid the same as you, that's why I didn't mention it. From what I've paid previously thru Procycles I thought it was a good deal.
I only got 10,000 out of the front this time. These big German girls certainly know how to push in the twisties.
The new shock will be coming to me via Motohansa, I'm just waiting on a costing.

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Hi,
I had 2 Bridgestone's fitted for $400. That included fitting the new valves. I was required to deliver the wheels off the bike and wait half an hour.

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Hey Phil, those wheels came up real nice.... I didn't put that much effort into mine recently when they got new shoes.
FWIW, I bought mine from MCA (online through Auburn store, shipped to Taren Point).
ME880 front $207.95
ME880 rear $269.95
shipping to Taren Point store $8
fitting: free
Total cost: $485.90

although it did say Discount = $38.95 on the receipt, so guess I got about 6.5% discount somehow.


How did you get $529.10??? Doesn't add up...
Hi Chris, Damm, did I miss something....$529.155..
Hmmmm ok looks like I am supporting the Motohansa guys by some labour $$

"those wheels came up real nice"....I was expecting a comment or two on all the crud that was visible with the new wheel on the bike under the side cases..

Huh? but why did Beryl pick up all that crud in the first place, I thought we paid all these road taxes so that they cleaned the roads????

oh yeah, that's right, the state Govt diverted the monies put aside for road cleaning to the other fund on fixing the road pot holes....

HUH??? nahhh that can't be right???, oh yeah, they diverted the monies for fixing road pot holes to <insert anything, except fixing pot holes>.

All that crud under Beryl, once I had fitted the wheels, kept me awake at night, so had to give her an enema the following day.

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Hi Chris, Damm, did I miss something....$529.155..
Hmmmm ok looks like I am supporting the Motohansa guys by some labour $$
Well, just saying that there's $48 missing there somewhere... maybe they did an oil change without telling you..... nah, that would have been $248 more.


Beryl looking pretty.... but should you really be posting picks looking up her skirt?

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Well, just saying that there's $48 missing there somewhere... maybe they did an oil change without telling you..... nah, that would have been $248 more.


Beryl looking pretty.... but should you really be posting picks looking up her skirt?
The missing $48 would be the Fed Govt GST "thank-you" note.

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Have to admit that I find the feel , sight and smell of new rubber rather appealing too..
These bikes have ( in my view) just about the best looking wheels on any bike, especially the back one,,, and then they get almost hidden from view ...... what a shame
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How's the FD these days PhilL ? I read some of your previous posts on it and it seems you may have been getting parts replaced without the root cause being addressed. I assume all is well now ? Otherwise that shiny new rear tyre may end up wet again and you'll be posting more of those very long expletives.

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How's the FD these days PhilL ? I read some of your previous posts on it and it seems you may have been getting parts replaced without the root cause being addressed. I assume all is well now ? Otherwise that shiny new rear tyre may end up wet again and you'll be posting more of those very long expletives.
Morning Dennis, FRIDAY...thank F$#@ for that.
"huh?" woooops sorry, it is this work thing that makes me say things like that....

now where was I??.... oh yeah final drive has been trouble free since the 3rd rebuild by BMW some years, and many kms ago. can't remember when that last happened, ....nor do I request any refresher course on the feeling.

I keep changing the fluid every 1-2 years, which reminds me to do it again this weekend, bought the oil a month or so ago but things just get keeping waylaid by other things.

I believe the last rebuild someone (BMW mech) mentioned that it had been done up too tight. I am surmising preload. Maybe it is a built in "obsolescence" thing, and it must be someone elses turn in the workshop.

The web chatter, especially in Ozland, concerning FD failures is very quiet, haven't seen anything on this for yonks.

Nice to see that you remember I have two "l's inmy name. I have an HP email addy here at work, and of course there is a [email protected] in the UK. I am sure he gets 1/2 of my emails then bins them. hhahahah I would probably do the same, the annoying sod!

"FRIDAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY YY"

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