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    Question Tires: Michelin vs. Metzeler

    Compare and contrast: Michelin Macadam 50E/50 vs. Metzeler ME330/550

    In this case the bike in question is an R100R, but I welcome comments based on any experience with these particular tires.
    Any pros/cons?
    Mileage vs. performance?
    Oddities/quirks?
    Anything else?
    2012 R1200GS

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    Re: Tires: Michelin vs. Metzeler

    Originally posted by The Veg
    Compare and contrast: Michelin Macadam 50E/50 vs. Metzeler ME330/550

    In this case the bike in question is an R100R, but I welcome comments based on any experience with these particular tires.
    Any pros/cons?
    Mileage vs. performance?
    Oddities/quirks?
    Anything else?
    On my K75, there was NO comparison. The Michelins are tires, the metzelers were ROCKs.

    I'm just ashamed I wasted money on two sets of Metzelers before I tried the Michelins. Bike rides better, turns in quicker, 200% confidence factor in curves, 50% pucker factor in rain. They ARE a little squirly on "grooved pavement" until they're really broken in though, but that has never bothered me. The "Pilot Roads" I just put on the Triumph were the same way for about 300 miles.
    Unfortunately, I haven't put enough miles on them to really judge mileage, I changed both sets of Metzlers ~8-10K.

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    Michelins vs. Metzlers

    TO: dlearl:

    Did you put Michelin Pilot Roads on the K75 also, or some other
    "model" of Michelin tires?

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    Re: Michelins vs. Metzlers

    Originally posted by fang
    TO: dlearl:

    Did you put Michelin Pilot Roads on the K75 also, or some other
    "model" of Michelin tires?
    No, the K still has the Mac 50's on it. Only have about 2,000 miles on them. Showing no wear. And btw, these were pre-50E Macs. So I can only surmise the 50/50E combo is even better.

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    I have been running Michelin Mac 50-50E's for over 80,000 miles. My 1996 K1100LT had Metzler 33-55 s on it orginally. I tried the Michelin on recommendation from local dealer. The first generation of Mac 50 Fronts cupped badly, they corrected it with the 50 E. I like the way the tire handles, wet, rain grooves, or dry it handles well. I average about 15,000 miles on the front and 11,000 miles on the rear.

    HTH

    Craig Cleasby
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    I replaced the Metzelers on my K75s with Mac 50s last fall. The difference in performance was amazing. The bike feels much more grounded in the corners, the tires perform better in the rain, and wear evenly. These three areas are where the Metzelers just didn't instill much confidence in me. In corners they felt like they were just along for the ride. In the rain I never felt like they ever had much grip. The tread wear of the Metzelers was just plain weird. There were ready to be replaced after only 4/5000 miles of moderate riding (Non-race track speeds). Buy the Mac 50s you'll be happy you did.

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    The Michelins are THE tire, IMHO, if you need a bias ply tire. No, they don't last as long as some tires. No, they're not as sticky as some others. But they were a great compromise on my K75s. I'd get more than 10-12k miles out of a set, and they felt nearly as good as the stickier tires.

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