Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: NW Houston 'burbs
You get what you pay for or less
I'm changing the tires on my bike to the Metzeler ME880's, 90/90-21 front and 200/70-15 rear, a simple upgrade using stock wheels. I looked at a bunch of tires on bikes at my neighborhood M/C garage. A lot of Harleys with the Harley badged Dunlops (same as stock Dunlops on Kawi). Same complaints with Dunlops on all the bikes, don't last long, lousy handling and suck in the rain. Saw a bunch of different brands, some good and some bad and went with the ME880's based on the mechanic's recommendation. They'll be on for the weekend so I'm anxious to try them and hopefully they make a difference. You can get them cheaper online but the online stores won't help you much after you get them. A customer was in picking up his Goldwing. He bought Avons for it online and the sidewalls were cracked before they were installed. Shop called him before they mounted them and he gave them the go ahead to finish the job. I wouild be extremely bummed if I spent a few hundred on tires and they were that way. I like to support local businesses and with the internet, they know what you can get things for and usually do what they can to get close. And I'd rather have a relationship with a real mechanic, not someone transcribing orders. But I know what it means to save a few bucks when you can.
'11 1700 Nomad Candy Neptune Blue/Metallic Phantom Silver
Bikes I've owned over the years:
2008 Vulcan 900 Custom
1980 Yamaha XS750 Special
1978 Honda CB400
1975 Honda SL125
Memories of what never was become the good old days....