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Old 10-12-2008, 05:46 PM   #1
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Time to replace the OEM TrailWings on the DL1000. Due to the 19" front wheel, my options are fairly limited (I've been thinking about fitting a 17" wheel from an SV, but that's another thread). Anyhoo, I'm down to either:

Continental Conti Trail Attack - about $350
Continental Conti Trail Attack Dual Sport Rear Tire - Motorcycle Superstore

Metzler ME880 - about $220
Metzeler ME 880 Marathon Touring Rear Tire - Motorcycle Superstore

The Contis have a tread pattern that I prefer over the ME's, (they look cool to me, ok?) If there wasn't the $130 price diff, I'd buy them w/o a 2ond thought. Them ME880's look like the stock tires on HDs!

Anybody have experience with either or both? Or, did I miss a good 3rd choice?
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Old 10-12-2008, 06:56 PM   #2
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What size is on the 'Strom? I cannot recall.

Doesn't Dunlop make a semi-trailie-typie tire as well?

Or you just not a "Dunlop Man"?

Howzabout dem' Avon "Distanzia" AM43/AM44?

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Old 10-13-2008, 06:42 AM   #3
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DS or Touring tyres? Quite a spread there. Myself, I've gotten excellent service from Avon's sport touring tyres. I got the most mileage ever on my tire-eater GSX1100G with Avons. They are relatively cheap too.
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Old 10-13-2008, 07:42 AM   #4
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The stock tires are 110/80R-19, the rear is 150/70R-17. I looked at the Dunlops, they have the D607 for a good price, but they're basically knobbies; and there's too much rain around here for me to go for that. The Avons look pretty good, and they're at a lower price too.

I wish there were a standard designation for the tire compounds like there is for size. It would help a lot if you could tell if the tire was built for traction versus mileage.
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Old 10-13-2008, 08:06 AM   #5
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The Avons or Michelin Anakee's would be my pick, can't go wrong with either of them and they're competitive price wise.
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:41 AM   #6
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I just asked my buddy with a 'Strom. He uses his (weather permitting) to commute.

He says he tried the Metzler Tourance, but they cupped badly. He is running Dunlop now, and he says they seem to have very good wear.
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:49 AM   #7
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I just asked my buddy with a 'Strom. He uses his (weather permitting) to commute.

He says he tried the Metzler Tourance, but they cupped badly. He is running Dunlop now, and he says they seem to have very good wear.
Ask him how they grip, if you get a chance. I'm ditching the TrailWings because they slip like crazy if it's wet. I'd rather get fewer miles and not drift through the corners...
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Old 10-13-2008, 01:01 PM   #8
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He's a fairly conservative rider, and we have fewer curves than you do. Like, we have no on- or off-ramps.

So, he can't really help on the traction question.
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Old 11-09-2008, 04:44 AM   #9
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KM, what did you end up choosing? How much was it? BTW, how many miles did you get out of the OEM's?

I just replaced the rear on my Uly with the Pirelli. I think the tire cost $202. I got 10K miles out of the rear (front is still good), but I don't know if that's good or bad.
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Old 11-09-2008, 09:39 AM   #10
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Those tires too 'spensive. I've found that KENDAS work just as good for half the cost, and for some reason those Korean tyre companies can copy a Dunlop of Connie to the "T" without fear of lawsuits. Try it, you'll like it...
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