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Hey guy,
I've been running darkside, under the raydar, for a couple of years now, thanks to the info I've gotten from this forum. Shortly after I put the goodyear tripple tread on the back, I had to replace the front as well. I decided to go with the Bridgestone BT45. I haven't been disappointed with that decision. I've gotten about 22,000 miles out of it, but it's starting to wear and we're taking a little trip in Sept. I should replace it before we go. I've come accross a Metzeler tire that seems to be the right size. It's the Metzeler Marathon ML2 130/70 18. Does anyone know much about this tire? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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I dont know about that tire, but I tried Michelin Pilot ACTIV and did not like it, Love my Stone BT 45, stick with it , you wont be sorry
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Sounds like your BT45 was good to you. Why not stick with it?
 

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It was just the price thing. Most of the BT45's I saw were 95 to 100 bucks.. The Metz was 56. Call me cheap, but I took notice.
 

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It just me, but price doesn't enter into a tire equation for me when running two wheels. Comfort and safety trump price, at least for me.

Hope you get some positive feedback on your tire before buying.
 

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I am currently running a bt-45 on the front of mine and am shopping for its replacement with over 70% of the tread left.
It is ok if you are only an interstate runner.

I find it to be Buzzy on the straights and it absolutley sucks on tar snakes when they are hot or wet.
You can feel the transition of the different compounds when running the twisites and sweepers.


JMHO
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I don't know about the front tires, but good choice on the Triple tred.
 

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I put the BT45r on the front and I like it much better than the pirelli sport demon I had on.

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I'll be different here, for $56 get it and let us know what you think!
 

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<...BT-45...>I find it to be Buzzy on the straights and it absolutley sucks on tar snakes when they are hot or wet.
You can feel the transition of the different compounds when running the twisites and sweepers.
Interesting, as I can feel those types of tar snake issues with the 'traditional' G709 'Stone, yet they wear pretty respectable for me.

In central Calif, runnin' up in the Sierra...nan, oh, man, dunno what snot they were using...and I had on a just-broke-in front tire...but it was phenomenal how the back CT stuck like glue, but the front would pick up tar snakes like nobody's business. :shock: That was some evil-slick stuff.
 

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Hey guy,
I've been running darkside, under the raydar, for a couple of years now, thanks to the info I've gotten from this forum. Shortly after I put the goodyear tripple tread on the back, I had to replace the front as well. I decided to go with the Bridgestone BT45. I haven't been disappointed with that decision. I've gotten about 22,000 miles out of it, but it's starting to wear and we're taking a little trip in Sept. I should replace it before we go. I've come accross a Metzeler tire that seems to be the right size. It's the Metzeler Marathon ML2 130/70 18. Does anyone know much about this tire? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Thanks.
Be careful, I believe they stopped making the the ML2's yrs ago so you may be getting a stale tire.:shrug:
 

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Well thanks for all of your input, but I feel like I've come to my sences. I did get pretty good milage out of the BT45 so I think I'll stick with it.
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I introduced the BT45 some five years ago and that is all I have run since. My theory is if it works just stay with it.
So far my average has been 26k and I could probably stretch that to 28k or so. I run 36psi for the most part which really improves the smoothness of ride. Unlike the radials these tire don't heat up under normal pressure and can actual run on as little as 10psi without delaminating. Great thing if you pick up a nail along the way.
 

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Well thanks for all of your input, but I feel like I've come to my sences. I did get pretty good milage out of the BT45 so I think I'll stick with it.
Thanks again.
Sound conclusion!
 

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Well guys... the UPS guy just dropped off the new BT45. Won't be able to get it mounted until Saturday, but the old one will do until then. I can't complain about the milage I've gotten, like some of you others. I'm closing in on 22k now. The reason for the change at this point is a trip to the BRP mid September. Can't wait!
Thanks again for all your thoughts

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I am sure you will be pleased with the decision. You should also notice a smoother ride to boot. :thumbup:
 

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It was just the price thing. Most of the BT45's I saw were 95 to 100 bucks.. The Metz was 56. Call me cheap, but I took notice.
Okay, you're cheap. :roll:
 

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Bt 45

Hey Paul,
dont be so shy, tell it like you see it:agree:
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