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post #1 of 13 Old Jun 12th, 2019, 1:34 pm Thread Starter
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I think I may need a new rear tire

What do you guys think? My Metzler rear tire Date Code 4811.
It's only got two big chunks missing almost opposite each other so the balance should be okay. Then there's 4 cracks big enough to shove a quarter into them and one smaller crack.
Yes, I'm kidding. Darned right I need a new rear. Tire that is.
Good thing I'm only a few miles north of the rally. I'll bring it down and let Metzler look at it. Then get a new one installed.
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What do you guys think? My Metzler rear tire Date Code 4811.
It's only got two big chunks missing almost opposite each other so the balance should be okay. Then there's 4 cracks big enough to shove a quarter into them and one smaller crack.
Yes, I'm kidding. Darned right I need a new rear. Tire that is.
Good thing I'm only a few miles north of the rally. I'll bring it down and let Metzler look at it. Then get a new one installed.
Well, at nearly 8 years old it isnít too surprising that the rubber is hardened and failing. I suspect Metz will tell you not to run more than 5-6 years.
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Re: I think I may need a new rear tire

Then I guess I need to replace the front also. It has a date code for the year 2012. Hate to do it as there is almost no wear on it.
Whoever the last owner was must have let the bike sit for a long time.
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Re: I think I may need a new rear tire

Bite the big one and get both replaced. Can't go cheap on the only thing between you and the pavement.
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Tires are organic , like a tuna fish sandwich . they are only good for so long

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Re: I think I may need a new rear tire

That's nothing.

Wait until it looks more like this:

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I think I may need a new rear tire

I’m in the same boat. Are the Metzler 888’s still the tire of choice? My local shop mentioned a Michelin model that would also work at a comparable price. Thoughts?

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Iím in the same boat. Are the Metzler 888ís still the tire of choice? My local shop mentioned a Michelin model that would also work at a comparable price. Thoughts?
The tire of choice depends on the chooser, but for me the BT020 is the choice for the rear and the 888 for the front. That gives the best mileage by far and the grip is more than sufficient for my needs (I can scrap hard parts without losing traction).

If you are talking rear tire, I am pretty sure that no Michelin is rated for the LT.

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Re: I think I may need a new rear tire

I just got back from having the tires replaced at the rally. Installation on the bike to follow. I got a set of the Metz 888's.
The vast majority of my riding is non-twisty. Although I still have to do the Dragon or the Cherohala and the others in that area.
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Did they have anything to say about the old tires?

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They asked if I rode to the rally with them. I had not. I had taken them off in my garage and drove them there in my car.
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I just got back from having the tires replaced at the rally. Installation on the bike to follow. I got a set of the Metz 888's.
The vast majority of my riding is non-twisty. Although I still have to do the Dragon or the Cherohala and the others in that area.
Metzís are good tires, but the rear does not last long. I rarely got much more than 8,000 compared to 10-12,000 on the BT020.

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Metzís are good tires, but the rear does not last long. I rarely got much more than 8,000 compared to 10-12,000 on the BT020.
I get the exact same mileage range with either tire, must be my riding style. 8-9,000 and they are shot. I have never gotten close to 12,000 on a rear in 15 years and I have been running the BT-020 for the last 5 tires.

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