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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-19-2013, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Metzeler ME 880 200/70 vs 170/80

Ok another tire thread..

I am looking at new tires.. (kinda passed due, have 9k on the OEMs and the front is looking kinda weak) My bike is a kinda stock 2011 Custom SE.

I have narrowed it down to the
Metzeler ME 880 200/70 r15
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Metzeler ME 880 170/80 r15

the 200 is a $100 US more then the 170, is the wider tire worth it? or is it just aesthetics?
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-19-2013, 03:51 PM
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IMO, the 200 smoothed out my ride and because it's taller, I get to go faster with lower RPMs. That equals out even a little better gas mileage.
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I went with the 200. IMO wider tire = smoother ride. Also I like the looks and because its wider...it matches my backside. LOL

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+1 on the 200/70. But, I also like the wider look. It was worth the extra $$$.

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May not relate to this topic, but I put an ME880 on my 800 a couple months ago and had a balancing issue with it I couldnt fix with the weights I had. Finally took to a local shop to have done today, and it took 7 ounces to balance it. Its a 140/90/16 manufactored in Brazil with date code of 19 12. I believe that would be around the middle of 2012? I have it mounted with the dot next to the valve stem.
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I like my 200 but I've never ridden a 170 for comparison. When it needs to be replaced, unless I find a real steal on a 170 I'll probably get another 200.
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Click 'search' up the top of the page.
Type in 'Tire 200'.
If you think you're indecisive now, wait 'til you read the ten pages of of other threads there ...
My 2 cents worth? I got one, it looks good and feels good. Enough reasons for me to recommend.
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Was also thinking about going with 200. Are these good tires?

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Dont like the price a 200 metz, check out the 200 pirelli, its cheaper, both will drop the rpm, correct the speedometer and give far better milage than the stockers.

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Just curious: are there any issues with mounting the 200 tire on a wheel assembly intended for a 180 tire?
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