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.
I put 5K on a rear Metz, before it got FOD'd out by a roofing nail. Great tire! Good wet handling - good wear. My other bike (VRSC) also came equipped w/Dunlops. Same complaints on the forums there.
The 880's are good tires - and when I'm spending $200 a pop for a tire, I like to stick with what I know....not many tire shops will refund your purchase (let alone mounting/balancing) after you put a few thousand miles on a substandard tire, and this is especially true with shops that handle blems, 2nd rate tires, etc...
Bad tires in my opinion, we put a set of shinko tour masters on wifes 08 900 classic and within 2,000 miles they came apart at the side walls (out of round) and were rubbing on the front fender brace. Purchased them on line from bikebandit.com and had a real fight getting the money back even after jumping through all their hoops we still had to get the bank involved with a disputed claim. We use Pirelli MT66's or Kenda Kruz 673's.
I asked a guy at work that has tried the Shinkos and he says, "THEY'RE GREAT!!! for about a thousand miles..." Then he made this look with his face that won't translate to typed text, but I don't think it was good.
Hi, I am new to this forum, but would like to add my 2 cents. Don't believe everything people say or have heard etc.. If you google Shinko Raven, you will find a link to a documented mileage test by a guy on a Bandit 1250 and he put a lot of miles on it without problems. Of course you get what you pay for, but sometimes you can only afford second best or don't want to spend the extra money for a brand name. I am a firm believer in "inexpensive" not cheap and crappy and I believe that Shinko is in the "inexpensive" category. Btw., they used to be a division of Yokohama tire and nobody is complaining about them?! Check out their web page and the link to youtube. Might be surprised.
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