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Old 04-02-2003, 07:03 PM   #1
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Eh? Rear tire wear concerns

So, I've worn my rear Tourance out. Bald at 6500 mi. The fastest I've gone through one. Well, second to riding a flat spot going across TX, NM, and AZ in 6k mi. I have less than 500 mi. on the interstate. Most riding done on back road twisties. I've noticed I have worn the left side considerably more. Never noticed it before. I do have 18.5k mi. and 10k of that was CC with a pretty decent load. Could my rear shock fatigue have an impact on the tire wear or has my shoulder surgery back in Dec. changed my riding position, which I have not noticed? My new Tourance I have ordered is a "V" rated, trying a different rating to see of wear changes. By the way, I ride a GS and a pretty lil guy at that, if this helps. Looking for answers and comments.
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Old 04-02-2003, 08:28 PM   #2
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Tourance Mileage

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I think there are many factors to a tire's longevity:

- Type of roads ridden
- Speed of roads ridden
- Air pressure in tires
- Load on tires (1 or 2 folks, big or small, luggage)
- Temperature of the roads ridden

I've used both the H and V Tourances and noticed no mileage differences. My local dealer sells the V rates ones $10 cheaper than the H's. Go figure.

I normally get 8K or so out of the rear and 12-15 on the fronts. I use 34F/36R air pressure when I'm in "sport" mode and 36F/42R when in easy going touring mode. Touring modes makes for greater tire wear.

I am not sure if a worn shock will affect rear tire wear. I use Ohlins and have them rebuilts about every 20-25K miles.

My .02.

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Old 04-02-2003, 08:55 PM   #3
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Thanks. This tire was definately asport. I think Ohlins are my next add anyway.
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Old 04-03-2003, 01:05 PM   #4
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The hardest I’ve been on a rear Tourance so far was a little over 10,000 miles on one three week trip, with all but the first 10 and last 40 ridden loaded with me, the wife, and gear to just a tad over GVWR. I’d estimate about 50% interstate, 8-10% off-road and/or chip-seal, and the rest on meandering 2-lane. There was still acceptable tread, but less than I feel comfortable with. For mostly unloaded riding around Arizona, I usually get at least 11k-12k before the tread gets too shallow – but I tend not to push it and leave lots of rubber on the pavement either.
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Old 04-03-2003, 01:55 PM   #5
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Re: Rear tire wear concerns

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I've noticed I have worn the left side considerably more. Never noticed it before.
the crown in the center of the road will cause the left side to wear faster.
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Old 04-03-2003, 02:02 PM   #6
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Re: Rear tire wear concerns

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So, I've worn my rear Tourance out. Bald at 6500 mi. The fastest I've gone through one. Well, second to riding a flat spot going across TX, NM, and AZ in 6k mi. I have less than 500 mi. on the interstate. Most riding done on back road twisties. I've noticed I have worn the left side considerably more.
Stop riding around the block the same way. Take some rights next time.
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Old 04-03-2003, 03:17 PM   #7
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Two wrongs dont make a right, but three lefts do. Therefore you make a lot more left turns than wrong turns, so you shouldn't be suprised at the wear.

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Old 04-03-2003, 07:53 PM   #8
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Can we get some pics of these high mileage tires. I can't imagine what a tire would look like after 10,000 miles. (All cord showing)
For me 6500 miles is good but I don't go until smooth.

I ordered some tires from www.swmototires.com prices are good and include delivery.
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Old 04-03-2003, 08:08 PM   #9
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Found some tire sites that may be of interest.
http://www.rattlebars.com/valkfaq/tirewear/

http://www.clarity.net/~adam/tire-changing-doc.html
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Old 04-03-2003, 09:44 PM   #10
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ok, i'll buy the longer lefts. makes since. thanks for the reasearch!
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Old 04-06-2003, 11:10 AM   #11
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Rear brake

Don't forget that rear brake use can add to rear tire wear. As the bike is pitched forward and the rear becomes lighter the rear tire can "skitter" a bit. That can cause a lot of tire wear. I've noticed big differences in rear tire wear between people that routinely use the rear brake and those that don't.
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Old 04-07-2003, 08:11 PM   #12
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I have gotten 12k on mine. Mostly slab commuting and backroad weekends. Even one track day. I have still enough tread to go riding around. It is not slick or anything, but it is getting that time to start thinking about it.
Because of the whole commute thing, my centers have worn out the most.


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