Everyone is getting double the mileage out of the Avon over the Metz plus it handles better
Not where I live. According to the bike shop down the hill where I get my tires changed the owner says Avon's are getting the same as Bridgestone. Coming in at between 2,000 and 3,000 miles. As you know I wear out tires really fast on these mountain roads up here and I am finding out that I am not unique. The word is Metzler is consistently averaging 5,000 miles pretty much every where there is harsh road conditions in the country. I can vogue for that because my Metz is just under 5k miles and is bald in the center but has tread left on the sides. Another bike up here a Road K 900 lb bike with a Dunlop that is looking to need replacing soon with 6,000+ miles on it.
So my suggestion is to do research on tire life for the area you live in/ride most because they are all designed for different conditions.
In this area tires are getting between 2,000 and 8,000 miles depending on what bike they are on and what brand they are, Avon is at the two worst for the price and Metzler is at the top..
Michelin Commander II hasn't been out long enough to get any idea how they will do up here but I just got one for my Wife's bike and am waiting for them to stock the 240. We will put their claim to the test up here. lol.
But meanwhile I have bought a Dunlop E3 240 to put on until the commander II is in stock or the new Metzler ME Marathon 888 Ultra comes out in a 240 low profile. My thoughts are if I get 5k miles from the E3 at least I'm ahead of the Metzler by $35 :wink:
To the OP, the Metzler 240 will rub the lower belt guard ever so slightly. It will wear it's own spot and you don't really need to shave it unless you want. I suggest you put a few miles on it then look at the wear marks to determine if and where you need to shave it.
Oh and ROADKILL, I have never experience riding on an Avon but I can assure you that Metzler is THE BEST handling tire I have ever experienced and this is a lot of others claims. So if Avon handles better it must be one awesome tire. I would Have put another Metz on even knowing I would get only 5k miles off if just due to the superior performance in all conditions including ice and snow. But at this point I'm am experimenting with tires and trying to save s $$$ until others are available.
Oh I'd also like to say that the Michelin 180 is a much smaller tire than the E3 240 but it's heavier and a much more solid tire. Also you can feel a difference in the rubber. The Dunlop is much softer. Can't wait to get a Commander II for my Stryker.