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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-15-2013, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Tire life

So hitting about 7k miles now, my back tire is starting to look mighty thin in the center.
I was wondering about other riders. How many miles has your back/front tire lasted?

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-15-2013, 04:37 PM
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The back tires lasted on the order of 5000 - 6000 miles on my KLR650; Suzuki 650 Tempter; Honda 250 Helix; Kawasaki 250 Ninja; and Suzuki S40. The front tires lasted about twice that on all of those on which I reached that mileage. Some got traded before then; some have not yet reached it. Be it noted I have been accused of changing tires too soon - that is, before the air showed through.
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post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-16-2013, 12:54 PM
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I got 9000 out of my last set of Metzeler 880's. Back was pretty thin. Front of course still had some life but I replaced them both. The first 100 miles or so on the new set is like driving on ice!

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Replaced mine at 5500 miles on V-star 1300. Front tire was still at about 50% tread left.

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Guy on the Stryker forum just posted his Raider got 16k off the rear 210 Metz. Others with Strykers are getting between 6k and 12k. Depends on the roads you ride. I live in extreme mountains with average 10% grades and constant twisties worse than the Tail of the Dragon. Literally hundreds of miles in all directions from my house of serious twisties that most cruisers will not ride. I got 3,100 miles off a Bridgestone 210, completely bald side to side, Metz ME 880 240 almost bald side to side at 4,800 miles, A Dunlop E3 240 half way to the wear bars at just over 2,000 miles, I replaced it with a Michelin C II that looks like it's going to give me much better miles. All ready have 2,500 miles on it and looks good. Standard cruiser tires on my other bikes gave me between 5k and 7k. Front tires usually get 30% more miles except Metzler only 10% more than rears.

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I went through three sets of the stock Metzlers and was getting just over 4100 miles from the rears (last tire was 4300 miles) - I wasn't spinning tires either...While the Metzlers were good for handling , for me they stunk for mileage...I finally went to the Avon Cobra AV72 240 (rear) and AV71 (front) and couldn't be more happier...have rode in all roads flat to twisty and dry to monsoon - no complaints...and they are also wearing GREAT! ...just one man's opinion
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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-18-2013, 07:09 AM
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That short rear tire life, along with the cost of motorcycle tires and mounting, is the reason people go to the Darkside. I have never done it, and make no recommendations one way or the other, but admit to considering it.
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post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-19-2013, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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Interesting. I ride mostly straight boring roads with few corners from home to work and to drill. Most of the time its a good 15 mile stretch before is see any kind of slight angle of corner ('lovely' Alabama roads for ya!). I really do try to get out where i can and hit some twisties, but for the majority of my riding, its straight.

With that said, and just coming back from riding 450 miles, my rear looks to be a nice smooth black in the center while the flowering treads start protruding at about 3 inches from center mass. Since i ride through any weather, it might not be wise to wait till fabric is showing.....

So i guess looking around at your tire life, im right in the ball park it seems. Just hit 7500 miles since Feb when i bought her.


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My SCL has close to 4k miles on it so far and i'm nowhere near needing a tire. When i do get there i will be going to the dark side. No question about it i am convinced. Got a buddy at work with a big victory and he has had it on for close to 40 thousand miles. Swears he is more stable, corners with more throttle, costs half as much, and the available options are imense compaired to our two or three available for the raider.
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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-02-2013, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
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That sounds about too good to be true. I can understand being more stable on straights, but in corners?

I was batting around the idea of darkside, but seeing that ive only been riding since last year with hardly 10k miles under my belt, i think i ought to stick with reg tires for now. Maybe next season ill swap out though!

Keep me posted in what your experiences with DS are!

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