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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-25-2010, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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What Tires Are You Running And Why?

I am interested to know what BRAND and SIZE tires everyone is running front and rear.

Also, how do they compare to the stock tires as far as grip and handling?
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I run the Metzler 880's. They have proven to be just right for me, have yet to take a corner too hard for them to hold on to, yet I just got nearly 13000 miles on my back tire {new one going on tomarrow as a matter of fact} I run the 200-70/15 rear and the 90/90-21 up front. There are a couple of brands that you can get the 90/90 but the Metz is the only one that fits inside the stock front fender on the Custom, and even that is snug, but I really like the look and the bike is still very nimble.

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Ive been on this tire thing for a while and most people do run Metzelers. The stock tires have a reputation for wearing out fast and are considered by some dealers to be a lower end tire. I am selling an Avon Venom 200/70/15 brand new for $150.00 and from what I have read it's just as good as a Metzeler or Pirelli. You can't run a 200 if you have the scootworks front pulley, which is what I have run into, although someone did say he runs a 200 Pirelli but I can't see how it would fit according to the dealers mounted diameter.

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So does the 200 rear tire make the speedo more accurate?Checked mine with gps today & found it is off by 6mph (reading high)

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Some bikes speedos can be off by 10%, mine was, the 200 tire brought is down to about 3-4%

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Tyhawk I would be interested in the avon tire you have.Tried to pm you but it would not allow. Thanks Brad

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200 70 15 just pops right on the stock wheel guys? any better price for a 880Metzler than the 225 on ebay?
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Small tires.com has good prices

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So, this tire will fit with not modification ?
200/70hb/15
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Rear-Tire.aspx
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The best price I found on Metzler 880's was motorcyclesuperstore.com I was buying stock size for a 2004 Vulcan Classic 1500, and both tires cost me about $225 (free shipping). The local store wanted $389 for both tires plus $90 to mount them. Now they get to mount the ones I bought somewhere else (still $90, at least they are willing to do that). The service from MS was excellent, I got the tires within a few days of the order.
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