Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Salida, co, usa
Re: Avon STORM 2 Vs Metz 880
2005 K1200LT USA. I have just installed the avon storm II ultras. From my perspective, if the tires have the same load and speed ratings, they must be pretty close to good enough. And, again from my perspective, the relatively minor differences between a '04 and '05 in terms of weight, rake and trail would be likewise minor for a particular tire (in terms of how could a tire have any idea if it was on a pooching fjr1300 vs a hot ridden k1200lt). I'm surprised at the opinions expressed that the geometry changes would mean that an otherwise applicable tire would no longer be suitable (even, I suppose, in the face of "OMG! THE TIRE MAKER NO LONGER LISTS THE MOTORCYCLE AS SUPPORTED" though only the most modest of changes was made to said bike).
I have been running metzler me880s in the past. I presently ride predominantly in Colorado on 2 lane roads in a spirited fashion. In my experience, the roads here are paved with a more, I dunno, coarse bitumen and the solar gain is not inconsequential as compared with, for example, new england. I have no complaint with the mileage of the me880 (though I'm embarrassed to admit that I changed the rear today that had gone to the cord) despite often not-quite-so-legal speeds.
After 100 miles on two just passes (monarch and poncha), I can say that the first several corners were different than the me880s. Turned in with less effort and perhaps more confidence (though like most, I compare my old worn tires with my new ones). The rear feels as though it may more around more, but I suppose after a bit I did learn to accept the feel. Not complaints about performance or experience. No sliding of either end (not that I can claim my prior tires did either at these speeds and I would wonder about reports of much actual sliding of the K1200LT in the first place). It will be many miles before I could comment on longevity.
If the me888 tires have been available, I suppose I would have ordered them instead, based on my experience with the 880.
Last edited by nlastovi; Jun 13th, 2014 at 9:47 pm.