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Old 08-23-2007, 10:56 PM
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Default Metzeler 210/50-17 on an 07 Softail Custom

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Some numbers:
I rigged up a set of calipers to measure the actual widths of the tires, mounted on the rim, on the bike, with 38psi air pressure.
The 200/55-17 Dunlop D407 eom tire: 199mm.
The 210/50-17 Metzler: 206mm.
The difference is about 1/8 of an inch per side.
I measured the distance traveled in 2 revolutions of each tire mounted on the rim.
Worn Dunlop: 161"
New Metzler: 157"
Conclusions: The Metz is a little wider, but It is smaller in curcumference. I mounted my GPS on the bike and went for a ride. The GPS speed vs. the Speedo reflect the slightly smaller diameter of the Metzeler. With the 200 Dunlop the Speedo was about 1.5 MPH higher at 60MPH than the GPS speed. With the Metzler it's 2.5 MPH. 60MPH on the Speedo is actually 57.5.

My major concern was belt clearance. Would the 210 Metz interfere with the belt? I took the whole rim assembly, rim, sprocket, and brake disk to the shop. The tire guy told me that it looked close for the belt clearance and to pay attention to it.
After putting the wheel back on the bike and alligning and adjusting the belt, the clearance between the belt and the tire was about 3/16ths of and inch. It's close.

The Metzeler has a steeper profile near the center, but is flatter on the sides than the Dunlop. It falls into turns with less effort than the Dunlop, but the flat side then resists going deep into a turn. It's different, but it will work.
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Old 08-25-2007, 03:54 PM
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Default RE: Metzeler 210/50-17 on an 07 Softail Custom

Is that too close to call for anyone? Thanks frisco42.
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Old 10-06-2007, 10:35 PM
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Default RE: Metzeler 210/50-17 on an 07 Softail Custom

IMHO, It seems to me that 3/16" clearance would be fine as the belt should not have hardly any side deflection. The 210 Metz is going to be my next tire when the factory Dunlop wears out. Please keep us posted and thank you for the research.
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Old 10-06-2007, 10:56 PM
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Default RE: Metzeler 210/50-17 on an 07 Softail Custom

nice, looks a tad wider
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Old 10-07-2007, 01:46 PM
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Default RE: Metzeler 210/50-17 on an 07 Softail Custom

I was concerned that the tire might flex in a turn and hit the belt, but so far no problem.
Another good thing about the Metzlet, it's quiet. The Dunlop made a humming noise, especially in turns.
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Old 10-07-2007, 05:44 PM
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Default RE: Metzeler 210/50-17 on an 07 Softail Custom

Maybe THATS my problem!!! I have a "hum" that i CANNOT track down... Been to the dealer twice over it thinking it was a drive belt issue.
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Thanks for the work frisco..I appreciate the effort you put in.
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Default Garbage Tire

I had this tire on my 07 NT and it was smoked w/under 3k miles on it. I did not do one burnout. The threads are starting to show, and the tire was never over-inflated. I like the look of the 210, but the 50 aspect puts more miles on your bike than your really have. Im not spending 200 plus bucks for this tire again to last not even one season.
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Yea I got 4700 out of mine but too much money for cool looks and it would rub my belt gaurd a little.
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