Wed Jun 15, 2022 3:47 pm

Hooked
2019 MP3 500 Sport
Joined: 26 Sep 2012
Posts: 173
Location: California
 
Hooked
2019 MP3 500 Sport
Joined: 26 Sep 2012
Posts: 173
Location: California
Wed Jun 15, 2022 3:47 pm linkquote
So I got my tires sent from the UK (thank god Brexit, they have a demand issue while we have a supply issue)... but the thing is...

The front end behavior I felt was weird. The MP3 500 fights tight turns and oddly drops into them sometime, for now I don't get the feel I was used to. Anyone has experienced that? Tires are Mich CG2 so basically the same I had before. They have now 30 miles on them... I know that's little. Just asking.
Wed Jun 15, 2022 7:00 pm

Hooked
2016 Mp3 500ie Sport
Joined: 28 Jul 2019
Posts: 129
Location: California
 
Hooked
2016 Mp3 500ie Sport
Joined: 28 Jul 2019
Posts: 129
Location: California
Wed Jun 15, 2022 7:00 pm linkquote
Which UK vendor did you order them from? I see a number in the area with decent prices but the shipping will be the painful part.

I just put a fresh pair on but given the long lead time I generally purchase them a few months ahead of when I think they'll be needed.

To answer the question.. I'm not really sure. Ive had several sets of fresh front tires including the City Grip 2 series. Other than being a little more slippery (expected) I haven't noticed the handling change much.

I did notice that the shop had over inflated the front tires a bit. This made them feel like riding on ice whenever the road surface was smooth. Lowering the PSI just a touch solved that and made the front feel more firm and reduced the feeling of riding on ice.
Thu Jun 16, 2022 10:38 am

Ossessionato
Gilera Fuoco 500ie
Joined: 11 Oct 2009
Posts: 4396
Location: Netherlands Olst
 
Ossessionato
Gilera Fuoco 500ie
Joined: 11 Oct 2009
Posts: 4396
Location: Netherlands Olst
Thu Jun 16, 2022 10:38 am linkquote
is the rotation correct??? arrow pointing to the front?
Thu Jun 16, 2022 12:25 pm

Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22383
Location: Nashville, Indiana
 
Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22383
Location: Nashville, Indiana
Thu Jun 16, 2022 12:25 pm linkquote
Also, check the pressures in both front wheels. Even if they are a few pounds different you can get that behavior.
Thu Jun 16, 2022 12:52 pm

Addicted
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
Joined: 29 Oct 2019
Posts: 749
Location: Belgium
 
Addicted
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
Joined: 29 Oct 2019
Posts: 749
Location: Belgium
Thu Jun 16, 2022 12:52 pm linkquote
Sounds like a bad tire install (pretty common) or possibly a bad tire (rare on Michelins).

Also make sure the lug bolts are tighened properly (in a star sequence) and to the correct torque setting.

Overtightened or undertightened can affect handling
Fri Jun 17, 2022 3:25 pm

Hooked
2019 MP3 500 Sport
Joined: 26 Sep 2012
Posts: 173
Location: California
 
Hooked
2019 MP3 500 Sport
Joined: 26 Sep 2012
Posts: 173
Location: California
Fri Jun 17, 2022 3:25 pm linkquote
Thanks for the comments. It seems to be coming together, just taking more miles than I am used to. Guess *2* front tires break in more slowly. It was a long trip for them, packaging didn't seem optimal (there was none, really, they were just wrapped).

It seems now the tires are starting to be more available in the US, and at a more reasonable price, but hey, I *needed* them.

Lesson: I'll keep them in store. Already ordered my next rear tire from Revzilla, it will arrive next week. I will probably not need it for another 2k miles or more.
Sat Jun 18, 2022 1:09 am

Addicted
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
Joined: 29 Oct 2019
Posts: 749
Location: Belgium
 
Addicted
2015 MP3 500 ie Business
Joined: 29 Oct 2019
Posts: 749
Location: Belgium
Sat Jun 18, 2022 1:09 am linkquote
Errr. . . . maybe I misread something but only 2K out of a set of front tires???
Sat Jun 18, 2022 10:40 am

Hooked
2019 MP3 500 Sport
Joined: 26 Sep 2012
Posts: 173
Location: California
 
Hooked
2019 MP3 500 Sport
Joined: 26 Sep 2012
Posts: 173
Location: California
Sat Jun 18, 2022 10:40 am linkquote
sbaert wrote:
Errr. . . . maybe I misread something but only 2K out of a set of front tires???
I would hope not!

I replaced the first rear tire when the bike had about 4k miles. I just replaced the front tires at 7.5k miles.

So I assume the current rear tire will give out in another 2k miles or so (although it still looks quite good), hence I ordered one to be ready.

The front tires should be good for a while.
Tue Jun 21, 2022 1:28 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2008 MP3 500, 2013 BV350, 2020 Vespa Sei Giorni
Joined: 13 Oct 2012
Posts: 8765
Location: Ashburn, Va. Home to the Internet
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2008 MP3 500, 2013 BV350, 2020 Vespa Sei Giorni
Joined: 13 Oct 2012
Posts: 8765
Location: Ashburn, Va. Home to the Internet
Tue Jun 21, 2022 1:28 pm linkquote
If your front tires are wearing out in 7.5K you need to get the front alignment checked. I get around 15K out of a set of front CG2's
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