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post #1 of 15 Old Apr 25th, 2014, 3:28 am Thread Starter
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2004 LT STILL THE SAME OLD TIRES!!!

Good Day to all

Late last year I got my hands on a beutifull 2004 with only 30k on it mint condition ... Of cours i jumped on it .
Comming from the V twin community , I`ve had many different cruisers . My typical tire of choice for all was the ME880 , It fit the type of bikes well for your basic crusier ride .
When I got the 04 LT , It was fitted with ME880 . I knew right away they wouldn`t be on that bike very long . A Sport Touring bike with cruser tires !!!!
Sure enough , they don`t grip , I can`t lean ( forget ridding in the rain) without wounderring when the tail will slip out from me .
Now that the model has been on the market for more than 10 years . Are you great riders telling me that : Sorry dude !... you are stuck with ME880 or 888
a Harley/Goldwing type tire?

I hope someone can shed some light . My dealer won`t help

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post #2 of 15 Old Apr 25th, 2014, 5:18 am
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Re: 2004 LT STILL THE SAME OLD TIRES!!!

plenty on tyres in the sub forum click basically metz, for radials avon or bridgstones, the me880 we use for the LT are reinforced sidewall not cruiser tyres there is a difference but they look the same

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Re: 2004 LT STILL THE SAME OLD TIRES!!!

Be very careful. There are tires out there that will fit, but aren't weight rated for the LT. The front isn't so bad, but you have about three choices for the rear, Bridgestone, Metzeler, or Avon. Look them up on Denniskirk.com by bike.


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post #4 of 15 Old Apr 25th, 2014, 7:19 am Thread Starter
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Re: 2004 LT STILL THE SAME OLD TIRES!!!

Well Dennis kirk now only lists the 880 .... for the 2004LT

Like i was saying , still the same old tires . I was hopping to try a new brand
Perreli Angel GT would have been nice

Have a good riding season

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It was fitted with ME880 . I knew right away they wouldn`t be on that bike very long . A Sport Touring bike with cruser tires !!!!
Sure enough , they don`t grip , I can`t lean ( forget ridding in the rain) without wounderring when the tail will slip out from me
No idea how you ride, but I've been running the Metz for the last 8-9 years and even had the LT on a track day with the Metz scraping both pegs down... that sucker can lean and grip and keep up with a lot of other bikes if the rider is good enough.
They aren't race tyres, but they're not that bad....
As far as wet weather goes, ride to the conditions and they are fine.

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No idea how you ride, but I've been running the Metz for the last 8-9 years and even had the LT on a track day with the Metz scraping both pegs down... that sucker can lean and grip and keep up with a lot of other bikes if the rider is good enough.
They aren't race tyres, but they're not that bad....
As far as wet weather goes, ride to the conditions and they are fine.
Exactly. I've never done a track day, but I've put 150,000+ miles on 2 LTs, all on ME880s. Never had an issue with grip, including all-day heavy rain. I don't ride as sporty/quickly as some folks, but I get around OK.

Congratulations on your LT purchase, and welcome to this site. Lots to read and learn here!

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Re: 2004 LT STILL THE SAME OLD TIRES!!!

You'll find that the tire setup that most seem to be using is a Bridgestone BT-020 rear and a Metz front. I can't comment on the rear choice yet - just mounted mine last weekend. But many have and say its more secure feeling and doesn't wobble as much over tar snakes.

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Re: 2004 LT STILL THE SAME OLD TIRES!!!

The ME880 was always the choice of those looking for the mileage king, but the trade off was that it was quite easy to break the rear loose on less than ideal surfaces or definitely in the wet. It seems to me that Metzeler has quietly changed the rear compound somewhat as the last two that I've had didn't return anywhere near the mileage that they used to. Just about to change the rear and as others I'm going back to Bridgestone's BT-020 as they seem to offer better mileage now. I seem to recall some discussion that the ME880 is coming out of a different factory as the branded country of manufacture has changed. I'm not saying that the Metz is a bad choice, just that the points of evaluation are possibly a little different.
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Re: 2004 LT STILL THE SAME OLD TIRES!!!

Which tire lasts longer on the rear Bridgestone BT-020 or the Metz ME 880. Any ideas on tire life on the new Metz 888?

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Re: 2004 LT STILL THE SAME OLD TIRES!!!

I am seeing about the same or a little more on my first BT on the rear. But have another one ready to mount. Did see an improvement in wet weather grip. I have a Smartire system and noticed the BT ran hotter than the ME. Nothing to worry about, just a bit hotter. Oh and no howling as it wore down. I am happy with it.

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Re: 2004 LT STILL THE SAME OLD TIRES!!!

thanks for all you comment, I apperciate it . it might just be that a new set wll change everything .
I will report later in the season .
Let`s just say , i cant wait to at least try new ones on it to trully get a feel for them .
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There is nothing quite like the feel of an LT with fresh rubber all around. Just take it easy until they are scrubbed in.

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Re: 2004 LT STILL THE SAME OLD TIRES!!!

Like some of the others have already said,
I have run ME880 for over ten years
best all around tire for the LT in my opinion

I'm wondering when the tires you're unhappy with were put on that bike,
rubber does have a shelf life.

The numbers on the tire should tell you the factory date.


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There is nothing quite like the feel of an LT with fresh rubber all around. Just take it easy until they are scrubbed in.
I take the wheels to the dealer for mounting, and before putting them on the bike, I hit the tires with 40 grit sand paper. Saves time in the wear in and saves my nerves worrying about those grease slick treads dumping me.

First set of new tires on the LT was like riding on jello laced bacon grease.
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Try Avon. Avon AV56 storm 2 ultra V79 rated.

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