Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Gold Country, CA, USA
OEM (K1600) Metzeler Tires Report
I have new tires in hand, so was curious to see when the "dreaded cord appearance" would take place on the OEM Metzelers; and decided to ride them to the bitter end. Have been watching the tires closely, and after today's ride, the wear bar (circled) appeared - as did the first hints of the cord showing in the middle of the tire.
My impression: Wear Bars are not very good at giving much of a warning, and are placed horribly. In Metzeler's defense, I have read that they have changed the tread pattern slightly, to make the wear bars more evident.
Second Observation: On today's ride of 225 miles (on slab) the tires during the day went from no bars showing, to wear bars showing, to cords starting to show in very short order.
I checked the tires prior to the ride, and had a very strong hunch that the bars would be showing today though, so I did plan on this being the last day's use. Just very surprised that wear bars showing literally means "you're out of rubber".
6,101 miles on the tires.
CCR: 2008, Midway; 2011, Boise; 2012, Duluth; 2014, Chattanooga. MOA: Billings, 2015; SLC, 2017
CCR-R: 2018, Russellville
'13 K1600 GTL-P - "Eva"
Sold but "beloved" ride: K12 LT - "Pepe"
IBA #31242 (SSx2, BB, BBG)
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