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MUCH better ride today than earlier in the week. 72 when we left the house about 4 p.m., gorgeous spring everywhere. Hawthorne trees now competing with the vivid magenta of the redbuds, but the redbuds still win. Came over a rise and no truck this time -- just a glorious tunnel of wild white dogwoods floating between dark pines. At the end of the tunnel, a view of the mountain across the next valley arrayed in multi-colored greens. Wow!

So, we stopped on the bridge at the bottom of the mtn to watch the sun on the water and catch our breath after the twisties. And I noticed my rear tire is getting a bit worn. I have 6000 miles on it -- not time to change yet, but getting there. My front tire is still perfect. No evidence of cupping, still lots of good, deep tread. I got the Metz's because I was told they last longer than the stock Dunlops, but my front tire went first on my last set, around 7k miles. Can it be all these burn-outs I've been doing??

Seriously, anybody have extended experience with the Metz's? Can I possibly be riding that differently this year to make my rear tire actually start to bite it at 6k miles? Or, what's going on here. I might have another 2k to go on this rear tire, the way it looks.

Val
 

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Val.. The roads are starting to thaw out... warmer roads means better traction.The metz have been good to me but I'm looking at the avons for my next set.
 

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Greg, how many miles have you gotten out of the Metz's so far? I hear the Avons go even faster than the Dunlops.
 

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Val...About 4500 so far and the wear is good, I like the look of the avon and will help on top end with the 28 tooth pulley
 

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Thats terrible Val I get at least 2,500 miles on my rear tires without a problem. :)
 

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Val I have a pretty aggressive riding style.
 

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I am on my third set of Dunlops and get 12,000 miles on front and rear. I peel away from most stops but my major Burn-out is saved for the same day I plan on changing out my tires. Then it's one fine major Burn-out. I still have a two inch deep groove in my driveway. Save your tread and play big at the end!
 

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Gal Flys,
I thought those flames on your bike were only PAINTED on...
 

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vrod: HELLO ALL! HERE'S A ? I'VE BEEN OUT BREAKING IN MY NEW METZ 200 REAR AND STOCK SIZE FRONT. I WARM UP MY TIRES AS MUCH AS I CAN BEFORE I HIT THE TWISTY'S. I HAVE ABOUT 300 MILES ON MY NEW RUBBER. THIS WEEK WHEN I WAS TURNING LEFT FROM AN INTERSECTION, THE FRONT TIRE SLID A COUPLE OF INCHES WHEN I WENT OVER ONE OF THOSE TAR STRIPS THAT THE DOT SEALES UP THE CRACKS WITH. FIRST I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE BECAUSE OF A WET SPOT, LATER IN THE DAY I FELT A SLIP AT SPEED WHILE IN A LONG SWEEPING TURN, IT WAS NOT WET. THESE SLIPS MOVE THE FRONT END OF THE BIKE THE WIDTH OF THESE TAR STRIPS, 2 OR 3 IN. IS THIS HAPPENING TO ANY OF YOU? P.S. THE REG GAS PRICE HERE IN BATH, NY JUST HIT 1.95 PER.
 

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1BADV, tar snakes and painted lines are notoriously slippery, especially when they're wet. I try to avoid them when possible!

Hope you're not shouting at us -- that's what writing in all caps usually indicates. All caps text is harder to read, too. Any chance you could unlock your caps button when posting?
 

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Well VAl and gal flys my bike has never done a burn out. I simply do not do them, I have however spun the tires while doing normal take offs but never a power brake burn out.
 

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I have 3000 on the 200 metz rear and it's almost like new.I like to save mine for the major burnouts at the end of the tires life.The front is a new metz and the bike handles like a dream.The buffeting in big truck draft has been reduced w. front and rear metz.



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that sounds about what I've got going here, vette family.

P.S. I was just kidding about the burn outs. Wouldn't even know how to do one!! maybe someone can tell me when it's time to replace the rear tire (soon)
 
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