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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 08-18-2010, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Metzler or Pirelli

Has anyone used both, and able to offer a comparison ?

10,000 miles and time to replace.

I'm leaning towards Pierelli. From various posts, seem to match my riding better. Which is 95% secondary/5% Divided Highway. Lots of road snakes, and moderate level of frost cracks.

Looking for input from owners experienced with only one brand as well.

Did a search on this, and the other kawi site.

Not interested in dark side. Leaning towards 200/70 rear.

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I am very pleased with my Pirelli MT66s. I was considering the 880s but read some tire reviews that discussed issues with them breaking loose on wet asphalt.

Wet, dry, straight, curved, grooved, the Pirellis eat the miles right up..
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I haven't had any issues with my Metz 880's in the rain, but I don't push ANY tire on wet pavement/asphalt. With the rough roads here in Oklahoma (100's in the summers, single digits in the winters) there are a TON of folks who recommended them, so that's what I went with. Can't say I've had any experience with Pirelli's for the bike, but used to run them on my car and loved those too.

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I am very pleased with my Pirelli MT66s. I was considering the 880s but read some tire reviews that discussed issues with them breaking loose on wet asphalt.

Wet, dry, straight, curved, grooved, the Pirellis eat the miles right up..
I've had the same experience with the MT66's on two different bikes now. Excellent grip and wear characteristics regardless of road surface. Can't beat the price either. The bang for the buck is incredible.

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Just put a Me880 back on. I had a Pirelli RT66 rear on the front of my bike. I had to take it off because it got some really weird wear pattern on it I think caused by a nail and running it flat last fall, it deteriorated from there. But I believe the weird wobble I was getting was caused by this wear. However, I wasn't sure if it was that or the tire so I went back to an ME 880 which I've had before and it was a real solid tire. However, when it was new I believe the Pirelli was a pretty nice tire too. However, I had a wobble then too at about 105. That was caused by my steering nut being WAAAAAY too lose, I think, Like I said, I JUST got the Metzler back on. But I had a fairly good ride home today and I didn't have any problems.

Now I wish I had put the same Pirelli back on. Rear tires have a BUNCH more tread then fronts do. I had over 12,000 miles on the Pirelli I took off and it had 5 millimeters of tread on it still. It was only half worn! But it was funky shaped and I don't think it was the tires fault.
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Google "motorcycle tire reviews" and you will find a bunch of stuff..
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+1 on Pirelli. Silky smooth ride, good grip, favorably priced.

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Thanks for the input, both direct experience, and suggested sites.

Ordered Pirelli 66's in oem sizes. Will report back with my results in about a month.

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Thanks for the input, both direct experience, and suggested sites.

Ordered Pirelli 66's in oem sizes. Will report back with my results in about a month.
Please do. I've run Metzs but haven't tried Pirelli's.
Sounds like others have had good service with them.

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I'm running Pirelli MT66, with 34 and 38 pressures. Just for grins I went to Pirelli site--the rate min/max pressures for 130/90-16 front at 32-42. They rate 180/70-15 rear at 36-42. Same for the 170/80-15.

I'm running a 170/80 rear instead of the stock 180/70, because it's $20 less money, and 3% larger in diameter, correcting some of the speedo error. Pirelli says the max load for the 180/70 is 827 pounds, and for the narrower 170/80 it's 908 pounds--81 pounds higher max load for the narrower tire. That's a surprise.

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