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This is for all the guys that put the Metzler 260 on the stock rear rim. Was there any change in cornering/performance?? Was there a noticable change in the width of the tire(did it look "fatter")?? And did anyone measure to see how much wider the 260 is compared to the 240?? Thanks guys....just trying to get some feed back so I can look for new rubber this winter. I'm pushing 5000 miles on the stock tire and its starting to look thin. Thanks!!
 

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just from a few others comments who have run this tire it is about the same size as the Dunlop 240 when mounted and handles just fine. I know from past experience with Metzlers and their longer life thats what I will be going with soon as I am at 4.5k on my stock tire. One or two guys have run the 280 Metz without any problems on the stock rim even though it is "officially" not recommended.
 

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A Metzler 260 is about the same size as a Dunlop 250. It's approved to run on the stock 8.5" rim that comes on the 109. I've got 5,000 miles on my Metz 260 and can say it handily outperforms the stock Dunnie. It has a rounder profile that makes cornering quite a bit truer than the Dunlop which has a flatter bottom. It makes the bike much quicker on a turn and much truer in the line of a curve. I'd recommend it strongly. If I can't afford to jump on the 10" rim and go to the 280 Metz, then I'll buy another 260 Metz for sure.
 

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hellrazr72 said:
This is for all the guys that put the Metzler 260 on the stock rear rim. Was there any change in cornering/performance?? Was there a noticable change in the width of the tire(did it look "fatter")?? And did anyone measure to see how much wider the 260 is compared to the 240?? Thanks guys....just trying to get some feed back so I can look for new rubber this winter. I'm pushing 5000 miles on the stock tire and its starting to look thin. Thanks!!
Check the post "Tire info for everyone"
 

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So what do these numbers actually mean, and why does the
ME880 260/40-R18 have a "40"
and the ME880 280/35-R18 has a "35"?
Why the difference? The MEE880 280 is the only tire with a "35" in it. Anyone know why.
 

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Canuk said:
So what do these numbers actually mean, and why does the
ME880 260/40-R18 have a "40"
and the ME880 280/35-R18 has a "35"?
Why the difference? The MEE880 280 is the only tire with a "35" in it. Anyone know why.
"Motorcycle tires may seem difficult to de-code at first. Here is a simple guide to unlocking the information on the sidewall of your motorcycle tires. You will see a series of numbers on your sidewall i.e. 130/90HB-16. What these numbers stand for is the tire width, aspect ratio, speed rating, construction type and rim diameter.
For instance, the 130 stands for 130mm of tread width. The 90 stands for the aspect ratio (sidewall height) which is a percentage, so for a 130/90 the aspect ratio/sidewall is 90% of the tread width or 117mm."

280mm x .35 = 98mm
260mm x .40 = 104mm
240mm x .40 = 96mm

They're trying to keep a similar (low-profile) vertical profile while making the cross-section wider :bigthumbsup:
 

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metzeler 260 tire sizes

I really like this thread so I have been doing some research and have found that this tire seems to out rate all other tires out there. I am a little confused which 260 tire is the correct one.... Metzeler offers two different 260's . The 260/40VR-18 and the 260/35VR-21......Does anyone know exactly which one i need
 

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Metzeler ME 880 Marathon XXL Rear Tire - 260/40VR-18

Metzeler ME 880 Marathon XXL Rear Tire - 260/40VR-18.......Im looking to get the combo metz for the front. I am having trouble trying to find it though. Does any one have some god info. Thanks!
 

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also have a 260 rear. looks fatter than stock 240 and it hadles perfect. the tire has 5000+ miles on it and it still looks and performs great
 
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