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post #1 of 6 Old Aug 17th, 2007, 6:55 am Thread Starter
 
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I currently am running the 55/56 Avon Storms on my GT.
Have had them on for about 2K miles.
My front wheel has developed a "hop" and I am pretty sure it's
the tire.
Taking to the dealer on Sat.,(off the bike) and he only stocks the Metzlers.
Do you see any problems running an MZ6 up front with the Avon in the rear ???
Thanks.
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post #2 of 6 Old Aug 17th, 2007, 7:58 am
 
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Nope...you should be fine.
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post #3 of 6 Old Aug 17th, 2007, 12:52 pm
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I responded to the other post at K-bikes.com, but want to repeat the info here for reference.

Check your front tire carefully for odd wear patterns.

My '07 started a slight shimmy when braking hard that felt like worn rotors. It got worse especially when turning left, but was fine when going right. I traced it down to a specific rotational spot on the wheel and then noticed an odd wear pattern on the front Avon Storm. I had 6K on the tire, but it was less than half worn except for two adjacent spots.

I got ahold of SWMotoTires who told me to ship it back. On receipt, they sent me a new replacement without question. I'm happy with that sort of service, especially from an internet shop.

I'm guessing it was an internal tire problem, but either way a new front tire solved it immediately.

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post #4 of 6 Old Aug 18th, 2007, 10:19 pm Thread Starter
 
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AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH !!!
Does everybody also believe that these GT's only need more money when you have a problem?

Went to the dealer today, the Avon Storm was toast, some sort of blem. Rotors, rim, bearings, all ok.
Started to dig into Metzler documentation, the service manager could swear he read something different about the GT.
Yep, he found it, The front MZ6 is rated as an "C" tire, and shabang, they had (1) in stock. No one else in the NW had one. Saaweet !
The higher rating is because of the weight ect, (58W) all other BMW rears are rated @ "C" but only the GT gets the same rating up front.
So, we mount her up and I pays the bill/$165.00 clams!
Damn, I hope it rides ok. Get back home, reinstall the wheel, blah,blah,blah.
Time to go "scrub her in", then off to the hills for a demo. How nice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Boys, I believe I am going to stick with these Metzlers, I am back in business and we were
getting horizontal, if you know what I mean.
I gave the Avons a chance, still have the rear to burn up and then I'll match it to the front MZ6, I am going to send the front back to Avon for warranty, then sell the replacement.
Maybe just a fluke, but yippee, I'm back on my steed again.
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post #5 of 6 Old Aug 19th, 2007, 4:56 pm
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Watch the rear Z6 tires closely. Since there's a solid center tread band, there are no wear bars there. You can have some room to go on the side wear bars and the center tread will look great, then one tank of gas later you'll be literally riding on the cords.

The tires felt fine, but I got well under 5K out of two rears with no warning as to going from OK to park-the-bike dangerous. No, thanks.

If I hadn't just mounted a fresh set of Storms, I'd be trying the new Pilot Road 2CT. Dual-compound technology front and rear is supposed to improve mileage while maintaining excellent grip and feel. It could all be marketing hype, but I figure it's worth a shot.

Oh well, these Storms will be toast by the time I get back from CCR anyway.

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There is a recall on the Pilots right now.
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