Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Well, Metzeler must have made some big changes since I ran my first and only set of ME880s! That was the ones that came on my 2001 LT. Those were extremely noisy in turns after about 1/3 worn, mostly the rear. They were way too slippery on wet pavement too.
It is very strange now to see anyone, much less 3 or 4 people say that they are experiencing no noise with them. It has been a very common complaint about them for years now.
Dunlops? My first LT, a 2000, came with Dunlop (Not Dunlap by the way), D205Bs. I never had any slipping problems with them like I did the ME880s on the second LT, but they were absolutely the NOISIEST tire I ever rode on. After about 1/3rd worn they howled like banshees at ANY lean angle. In fact, just moving from near the centerline on a road to the edge where the road crown presented a slight angle would have them howling like a police siren. It took me a little while to figure out it was the tires, as this was very early in the existence of the LT web group, and tire noise had not yet been discussed much.
Personally, if I were to get another LT I would only try Bridgestone Bias or Avon Storms on it. I used Bridgestone radials mostly on my last LT, with one Metzeler 880 RADIAL front, an Avon AV46 rear (very few miles on that before I took it off) and a couple rear AV445 fronts thrown in as experiments.
If the Avon Storms wiggled anything like the rear Avon AV46 did, I would not like those, and would be left with only one choice, the Bridgestone Bias.
The Bridgestone Radials were never noisy, even when just about worn out. Even though the front would be feathered badly, it still did not make much noise in turns. They also never slipped on wet like the Metzelers did several times. Several wet slips on one set of Metzelers, none during about 9 sets of BT020 radials!
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.