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Old 03-10-2011, 05:45 PM
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Avon Tires vs Metzeler Tires

Not a chopper question, but I am ready to put new rubber on the Road King- I am on my third or fourth set of Avons (I can't remember how many now) and they have been great tires but I am getting about 10,000 miles out of a set- I hear great things from the other bagger riders about the Metzelers, especially from the guys that put a lot of miles on their bikes (20,000+ per year)- so I am thinking about changing over to the Metzeler 880 tires. I ride mostly one up, lots of hot weather and wet roads in FL and the south, and lots of longer cruising- sometimes 500-700 miles in a day- but probably 250-300 average trips-

Let me hear from you guys who have used the Metzelers and especially if anyone changed over from the Avons!
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:14 PM
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The new Mez are a bit taller and will rub when two up and loaded.

They do seem to get better mileage and handle great once warmed up but are a bit slick on damp roads and first thing in the morning...
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:21 PM
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i think you should check out shinko tires.
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:35 PM
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I like the Metzelers we sell a lot of them. If you keep them properly inflated they seem to gp 25-30% further than the D402 Dunlops
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Old 03-10-2011, 07:22 PM
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How do the Dunlops D402 compare to the Avon Venom X (what I have been using)?
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in my experience the avon venom handle alot better then the dunflops. the metz and dunflops will give you better mileage but the performance from avon in the twisties and such out weighs the mileage in my opion.
Taipan if your getting 10,000 from a set of avons your doing great. useually 8000 to 9000 is my avreage i get from the avon. my dunflops i,ve gotten 14,000 but i just love the feel of the avons so much more.
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Old 03-11-2011, 05:02 AM
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Just put Metz 880's on my dyna about 6 months back. So far a noticeable improvement from stock dunlops. Got Metz for my cfl project just because the 200 tire fits the fender better than the Dunlop. I'm a Metz man now.
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Old 03-11-2011, 06:38 AM
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Dunlop motorcycle tires are just like their car tires, Great feeling & handling for the first few thousand miles and then they drop off....alot. Wear is ok but they seem to get uneven treadwear the more miles you run.

Avon = junk, had them on a sportbike for a couple of thousand miles back in the day...never buy them again.

Metzeler's run a tad big, but will give you a few more miles in the long run. As Alfy said, they take a bit of time to "warm up", pretty stiff/hard rubber compound, especially in colder weather...watch out, they're tricky early.
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Metzeler is my choice, seems to be the best combination of wear and traction. A little bit of a compromise in traction compared to a softer compound tire but I have never had a problem.
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Getting ready to put on a third set of Metzelers on.Getting a little over 10,000 out of them.They grip really nice.
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