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post #1 of 25 Old Jul 31st, 2007, 11:08 am Thread Starter
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For all of you Metzler boys: How many miles do you get on a set? I know, road conditions, the way you ride etc. all make a difference. My dealer told me 13,000. Just wondering what people are getting since this is my first set.

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post #2 of 25 Old Jul 31st, 2007, 11:17 am
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I usually get 8-10K, but I ride a little harder than some folks. 13K is within the feasible range for these tires. I think I recall one case of someone getting 17K out of a set.

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post #3 of 25 Old Jul 31st, 2007, 11:55 am
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17.2K, but don't do like I did

Well, here's what my rear Metz looked like with 17.2K. Obviously I should have replaced it at least 3K previously, and I knew that, and I didn't plan ahead, and I was returning from the west coast running Rt 12 to Missoula on a Monday when the service depts are closed, but the nice folks at Big Sky in Missoula swapped it out for me and didn't even say anything. I was dumb and lucky.
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I get 10 -12 K outa the rear and 15-17k on the front. Just put on my third rear tire last month and milage was about 11k on it.

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I used to get around 12K on both front and rear and replace them at the same time. I do a mix of city/highway riding. Also a great time to check your brake pads front/rear.

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post #6 of 25 Old Jul 31st, 2007, 1:35 pm
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Depends on how many construction zones I have to ride through...up to 17k on the front, up to 12k on the rear, air press. @ 42/42.

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Got 16,000 on my last set. Hated 'em. Runnung Avons again.

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What's that 'chocolate milk shake' goop in side that tire there? some kinda 'no flat' pre-sealer?

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post #9 of 25 Old Jul 31st, 2007, 6:49 pm
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How Many Miles

Right now I've got almost 15K front and rear, rear needs replacing. The front's got some life left. Mostly two up riding, 42 F / 46 R.

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post #10 of 25 Old Jul 31st, 2007, 8:02 pm
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Tire Life.

14k on the rear
19k on the front.

Both removed a little early do to long trips and not wanting to change them on the road.

38 psi front
48 psi rear
95% two up. And yes, I will keep running them. No plans to switch brands.

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post #11 of 25 Old Jul 31st, 2007, 8:37 pm
 
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I get 16-17k out of the rear, I replace at 2/32" tread or a little less but NEVER bald. I ride solo, never cruise above actual 80 (indicated 87). Front lasts a lot longer but usualy replace both because the bike feels so Sweet with two new tires!
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post #12 of 25 Old Jul 31st, 2007, 9:29 pm
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I only get 7k - 7.5k out of my rears. 15k on the front. I must really ride hard. I run the 46 rear and 42 front. I also pull the trailer at the speed limit + 5. I also never get the "50" mpg I have seen claimed. More like 42 mpg. I think it is all in the riding style and load.

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post #13 of 25 Old Jul 31st, 2007, 9:40 pm
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I'm averaging 13,500 on the rear, and 21,300 on the front. I sometimes have a tendency to run past the wear indicators.

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I change fronts at 12-13K and rears at about 16K. Think the road surfaces you ride on most are probably a deciding factor. Have seen some states that use some pretty rugged stuff on their roads, not to mention some of the goofy patterns they groove into the roads.
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On my 2000 LT , I got 10 to 12,000 miles on the rear and 12 to 14,000 miles on the front. I pretty much only used the front brake lever, which did not activate the rear brake.

On my higher horsepower and torque producing 2006 with linked ABS, I'm only getting 8,000 on the rear and 14,000 on the front. Again I only use the front brake lever, but it now activates part of the rear. Thus fewer miles on the rear and more on the front on the 2006. The front brake pads are lasting longer and the rear brake pads likely not as long due to the linked braking.

I rode both bikes hard and fast, with about 10% two up.
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I usually get 11k on the rear, but only got 6k on the last one. Have 6k on this one right now and it's about half. Although it has howled from day one. Go figure.

The front typically lasts about 12-13K.

46F - 50R 165lbs

Another thing just hit me. My wife road all the highway miles with me on that 6k tire. Most of this current tire has been solo. She adds a few more pounds, but would kill me if I told you it was any more than 120Lbs.

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I bought my bike (03 LT) with 6,200 miles on it, so I assume the tires that were on it were the original ones. I just changed them out at 16,500. I never saw any wear indicators, but the rear one wouldn't have passed inspection. The front one still had good tread, but I changed them both anyway.

I ride like an old man. Mostly back and forth to work. Country roads, four lane, some interstate.
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I have over 14,000 on my set of 880's. Both tires looks good for quite a while longer. This is my first set so I am not sure how far I can get out of them.

I just read that the H rated rear isn't available now. A new higher sppeed rated tire is available. That may mean less tread life as they should be stickier now.
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What's that 'chocolate milk shake' goop in side that tire there? some kinda 'no flat' pre-sealer?
Ayuh, I tried out Ride On sealer for the first time on that tire and the front, but I had a heck of a time getting the stuff into the tire and clearly I got less into the tire than I should have. No puncture subsequently, so no chance to see if it would have worked.

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I changed out my 880's at 14-15000 miles but I had also pluged the rear twice and had creepy feelings about it. They would have gone longer but not with the plugs.

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I'm on my third set. I can get around 20k on the front and 15k on the rear.

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I was getting about 13K on the rear Metzelers. I sold my LT with over 16K on the front Metzeler, and it still had good meat on it. Keep those pressures UP (WAY UP!) and you'll be amazed at the mileage you get without compromising grip in the wet or dry. I ride fairly hard, and I never noticed a Metzeler slipping even once.
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Bought my '01 LT used, 13,000 miles (11 months) ago. Not sure how old the tires were then. (ME880's)

Noticed cupping on both tires 3,000 miles ago (pressures 36, 42). After reading here about pressures 42, 48, I gave it a try. Cupping went away ( as did associated noise)

Weekly inspection saw tires just under 2/32 tread. Local dealer ( Morton's ) quoted me $466 for a new pair, installed. Avon's from swmototire.com are $240, to my door...wondering if it's worth $30 each for dealer to mount 'em.

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Cool ME miles

Had about 12,500 on my last pair,always change both F&R at the same time,You get a better feel of the road with two on,nothing like the feel of new tire,s ,I didn't think avon made tires for the KLT?
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I get about 15-16,000 miles from the front and roughly 12,000 miles from the rear. I currently have 65,000 on the bike so I've been through a few sets.

I usually replace them because of of cuping rather than thin tread. I run 42 Front/48 Rear.

The prices for Metzelar have gone out of sight. My next set will be Bridgestones

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