I've gotta try a different brand tire!
I ran my original Dunlop D404 on my 650 classic to 9000 miles, it was basically bald by 8000 but I kept going. Replaced it with another D404 and this one is already at and probably beyond the wear bars at 6000. How is this tire worn out already? The 650 is not a heavy or strong bike, I'm easy on the rear brake and use the front as often as possible. I've been keeping it at 38-40psi.
What I also don't understand is how that same model tire on another bike can last much, much longer. My dad's two bikes are an Electra Glide and a Sportster 1200. He runs a Dunlop E3 on the glide and gets 20,000 miles out of the rears. On the Sporty he runs the D404 and get up to 15,000 miles. How is that? The Sportster is a bit heavier than my 650 and a hell of alot stronger. As proof he showed me an old tire he kept from his sportster that he says has 12500 miles on it. It's hanging in his barn and has plenty of tread left on it through the middle. He admits he changed it too soon and should have kept going. He looks at my tire and is amazed. He says he runs his rears at 45psi and that's the key to their long life. I'm thinking I just go with a different brand and stay away from the D404.
What are other 650 owners running and what kind of mileage are you getting out of them?