Longest lasting rear tire for gen 2?

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  1. May 12, 2019 #1

    tugla

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    I have used the Me888 in the rear and gotten 11k miles out of it. This is no burnouts, but some aggressive throttling here and there.

    Previously Metzeler didn't make the front in our size, so was still using the me880, and got 6666 miles in the first one, that ran little low. On the second one got 8k miles.

    Metzeler finally got the Me888 in our front size and have one coming in this week. I had to go in store at cycle gear, because their website still doesn't show it. Hope get longer front tire life and still have good grip
     
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    theres no way youre getting grip with an 11k mile tire.
     
  4. Aug 8, 2019 #4

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    I liked the 880 on the gen 1...
    Wait til these battle axe are done and see what i get for mileage...
    Last set rear was 8000km but should of had it off maybe 72-7500
     
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    Has anyone tried going Darkside on the Gen 2 Vmax 1700? And if so what tire are you using?
     
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    How the hell are you getting mileage like that? I've never gotten over 3500 out of a rear tire on any of my 3 Vmax's.
     
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    I run the battle axes and the work great for me
    Lots of twisters here so they wear nice across the tread and stick like shit to a blanket it’s getting cooler now so the roads are changing still no issues at all
    I will continue to run stocks as I really do like them
    Peter
     
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    Oh yeah I don’t do burnouts but do ride very aggressively
     
  9. Sep 19, 2019 #9

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    It's been a really long time since I've logged on here. In fact, I'm not sure I've even typed a post, but today's conversation on tire wear piqued my interest. I just uploaded my avatar of my 1985 Gen 1. In this picture it still has the old Dunlops. I've been riding bikes since 1980 and I've always used Dunlops, selecting their higher level performance tires since I never really cared how long they lasted. My biggest concern has always been sticking in the corners regardless of how long they last. When using the Dunlops, no matter what bike I had, the rear tire got 5000 miles or close enough to it that I'd keep them on till 5000 miles, while the fronts could get almost 15000 miles. In recent years I've gone on several promotional cruises where different motorcycle companies would take you on a group ride to try their bike. Each time I went on one of these, when I got back on my Vmax it felt, for lack of a better word, rickety. I came to the conclusion that it was because the test rides all had radial tires. Well, as most of you know, the Gen 1 Vmax has a 15 inch rear wheel and nobody makes a 15 inch radial tire. So, I started looking around for an inexpensive way to get an 18 inch rear wheel and while I'm at it, I might as well look at getting a modified swing arm so I can fatten up the rear tire at the same time. Well, needless to say, this was going to cost a fortune and with many other priorities in life, this just wasn't going to happen. Then last year my favorite motorcycle mechanic told me about some new tires called Michelin Commanders that not only stick better than anything, but they last longer. I was skeptical, but I had him put a set on my Gen 1 and I'm still in disbelief! It's like I got a new motorcycle! Smooth, Steady, Confident, and unbelievably STICKY! I don't know how long they'll last, but I don't care. They've got about 2000 miles on them and they still look like they were put on last week. So, maybe some of you have tried these and know how great they work as well as how long they last. As for me, I'm no longer looking for radials.
     

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