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Old 12-15-2012, 02:51 PM   #1
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vee rubber vrm 163 on R1100gs

swapped rear tires, going out on a limb and trying this tire in a 140 80 17 size.

based on this review, It seems like good option for a non trail tire ( commuting mostly)

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=580934


IT mounted up in place of a Kenda big block pretty easily, a bit a struggle to get the bead to hold air, I ended up using alot of dishsoap and a ratchet strap, about 90 psi and it finally popped home.

the tire is taller than the tire it replaced.

working the math its 80% of 140mm, vs 70% of 150mm

thats 112mm (4.4inches) instead of 105mm ( 4.1 inches) of aspect ratio.

so the tire is about 0.6" taller than a kenda big block or tkc80 in a 150 70 17 size, and slightly narrower.

I like the fact that the bike sits highter, I do not like the gearing change of a larger diameter tire, but since its mostly for commuting and road travel, I guess I can live with that.

a few miles around town today, it rides fine, seems a bit noisey, but I run a TKC80 front, so I am used to the howling.


the test starts now

95079 miles on the odometer.



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Old 01-08-2013, 04:27 PM   #2
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not much only 173 so far.

I like the tire

it works well as a commuter tire, even on wet tarmac, its pretty solid.
rear brake application on wet roads is much better than a TKC80, and a little better than kenda Big Block
been up to about 85 mph, not squirrely, tracks fine basically no surprises or odd handling

very little gravel so far, some gooey mud, did just fine, its a GS, it will spin the rear tire when you give it gas regardless, this tire does not change that.

the ONLY negative thing ive noticed so far, it slings water or muddy water up onto my rear rack, I guess because the tires profile is so much more rounded than other tires ive ran.

but I can live with that, it doesnt reach my back, and its likely just as much a fault of the GS rear fender setup ( which is screwy)
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:39 PM   #3
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UPDATE

1200 miles

returned from a camping trip , 165 miles in the rain, tire did great in the drizzle and rain, even 80mph on the highway a few times.

offroad, been a few places, from rugged gravel roads to actual dirt, no trail "offroad", some sand, dry creeks, creeks with water.

tire does great, its not a big block or a TKC, but these big bikes will spin a knobby just as easily as a less aggresive tire when the surface is loose.
the traction difference in this tire and the actual knobbies is so close at this point, I cant imagine needing a knobby unless the majority of your riding was in deep sand, or SLICK mud.

almost NO visible wear on the tire at 1200 miles.

unless something terrible happens in the next 2000+ miles to change my mind, I will say, I have pretty much found my new back tire.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:06 PM   #4
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I think it will make it to 4500, still handles, and rides good.
edit- already past 4500, still going.

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Old 07-22-2013, 10:11 PM   #5
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:10 AM   #6
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$0.019 per mile so far, I will run it a bit longer though.




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Old 08-19-2013, 10:53 PM   #7
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this was slick but the tire still worked just fine.

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Old 09-10-2013, 07:18 PM   #8
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:51 PM   #9
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5400 and the tire will come off in the next day or 3.

still works fine on pavement, rear brake will slip it if its wet. tire works well enough offroad, but its not a knobby.
great tire for the $84 or whatever they cost now.

that is 1.5 cents per mile.

EDIT

I just took a flashlight and looked at the tire, its not much different than the photos posted above wear wise.

Heck I might leave it on for a bit longer.
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:42 PM   #10
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Just under 5500 miles when removed, slick down the center.

replace with a Full Bore M40, which costs $14 more, but might give another 1000 miles or so.

we shall see.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:39 PM   #11
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:56 PM   #12
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Hey TIm,

lots of miles on this VEE tire actually 2 up and heavily loaded ( a new thing for us)

I basically changed because the cost delta was small, and the reported mileage increase looks to make it a better value.

we will see.

Ill start another thread, since im not seeing much about the M40 on the GS on here.


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Old 12-11-2014, 07:21 AM   #13
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Just ordered my third vrm 163 tire.

4700 miles on this one, and still working well, predictable, works well off road ( some slick mud offroad last weekend), does better than expected on wet pavement as compared to a TKC80 or Kenda Big Block.

$77.96 shipped.

so far that is 1.7 cents per mile.

it will go another couple of hundred miles before I remove it.
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Old 12-11-2014, 09:10 AM   #14
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Are those the MFOL lifetime moly lubed Nylatron Paralever bushings I see in those photos? They do look Mil-Spec from here in Dixieland.
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Are those the MFOL lifetime moly lubed Nylatron Paralever bushings I see in those photos? They do look Mil-Spec from here in Dixieland.
These photos were taken a bit before my bike was hardened with the MILT-Spec nylatron bushings.

Good eye though, can you see the pancrease of the dragon fly wedged in the footpeg?
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