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Metzler users, any wet weather performance changes?

Hey all,

I've been pretty set on switching to Metzlers when these Dunlops finally wear out. Mostly because I don't want to swap tires every couple of months. I heard a comment though, from a guy who said that they did poorer in the rain than the Dunlops, attributing it to being a harder compound. Any truth in that? Anyone notice any difference in handling, stopping performance, or otherwise in any other situation with the Metzelers?

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I'm sure there are better wet-traction tires, but the Metzeler ME880's are still waaay better than the stock Dunlops. Heck, those stockers don't even feel properly planted on dry pavement!

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I have switched to Metzeler M880 front and rear (170x80x15), I have found that handling on dry or wet is much better, I commute every day and go on long rides now and then.
I am not sure if the rubber is harder but using the same roads I can feel the difference, especially on the bad parts and tram lines.
They are a bit more expensive but I will definitely stick with Metzeler.
My pressure is 32 front 36 rear.
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We have switched to Metzlers on the wifes 900. Much, much better in every category. I will never go back to the stockers. She has nearly the same mileage as the stockers had and still have plenty of tread. And they handle better.

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On my trip this year, 3 days were spent in riding in heavy rain ... from detroit to denver ... I had no issues. I use the metz recommended preasures. Btw I still have the dunlop on the front, just the metz
200 on the rear. Correct preasures are paramount to handling in any weather.

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I have Metzlers on front and back. Changing my front out at 22,000 and rear 180/70 at around 12,000. Have ridden in the Arkansas rain for 3 days straight and a 4,000 mile west (sturgis) on the same tires, and just set-up for a new set on Tuesday of next week. I don't think they are any better gripping than the Dunlops, but they sure last a lot longer....

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Love my Metzlers and keep them at the pressure listed on tire wall...lasts longer and handles better.

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Well sounds good folks. I'm convinced then! A few thousand miles left on the Dunnies, then I'll be going on to the Metz!

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Bridgestones?

I keep hearing bad things about the stock Dunlops. I'm wondering if that's why my 2011 has Bridgestones as stock tires. Did Kawi get smart or does anyone feel the Bridges are actually worse than the Dunlops? I'm kinda new to modern biking but so far I have no complaints about my stock Bridestones after a few hundred miles. Comments anyone?

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Well sounds good folks. I'm convinced then! A few thousand miles left on the Dunnies, then I'll be going on to the Metz!
Um, just a thought, uh, if you're looking for extended mileage from your tires, well, there's this 'cult' that claims they get 20k to 40k on their tires. I think they're called Darksiders. Just a rumor I heard about. (hehehe)
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