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Old 08-11-2013, 05:11 PM   #1
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Tire wear, front vs rear.

I've read on here numerous times that rears typically wear about twice as fast as fronts. well for whatever reason I'm not always experiencing this... first couple sets seemed close, with the rear wearing slightly faster, but nowhere near twice. in fact when it's time to replace the rear there was little point in not replacing the front at the same time. bike's a r1200gs and it's often quite loaded down using the three vario cases fairly filled.

basically curious why my wear on the front vs rear seems so different than what I read about.
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Old 08-11-2013, 05:28 PM   #2
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You ride at a moderate pace and tend to brake hard. Where are your tires wearing? What do they look like?

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Old 08-11-2013, 05:33 PM   #3
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Depends on alot of things...the bike, how its loaded, how you ride, what tires.

IE. on my ktm 990 i killed a nobbie tire in under 1000 miles on the rear but the front was still good to go and just looking broken in.

Too many variables for a 1 size fits all answer to this one.
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Old 08-11-2013, 05:38 PM   #4
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Twice exacly here, because I have acceleration, breaking, engine breaking and more weight on the rear, on my particular motorcycle.

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Old 08-11-2013, 06:10 PM   #5
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My GS goes through two rear tires, 10 to 12k per tire, to one front tire. On the other hand, my RT wore both tires at the same time, about 12 to 14k. I figure it's got something to do with weight bias.
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:12 PM   #6
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I'mma freak, I usually wear the front out 1st.
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:38 PM   #7
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Really depends on the bike. That 2 to 1 pretty much holds true for me with DS bikes. On a sport bike it's about 1.5 to 1. On a big heavy powerful bike like a Busa, I wore out the fronts quicker then the rear.
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:41 PM   #8
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an example.

judging by the fact there's still tread remaining, I expect that I changed a bit soon... both times I've swapped tires I did so before heading out and I didn't want to worry about wearing out a tire away from home so I changed before leaving.
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:44 PM   #9
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Hell , half of the tires have never touched the road.
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:47 PM   #10
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You ride at a moderate pace and tend to brake hard. Where are your tires wearing? What do they look like?

ok... the other day I was reading a thread on here and a guy mentioned he needs to stop braking before turns so much. I don't quite understand why. yes I do brake but then try to ride through at a fair speed, accelerating out when it makes sense. (sort of like I do when driving cars) so yea I brake to scrub off speed... cause if I don't and enter too hot I don't want to brake in the turn. I also don't use the rear brake much (believe the front and rear on this bike are tied in anyway) as when I downshift the rear tire breaks loose from engine compression enough as it is. (that and it pops sharply to the right which I don't want to do when in a turn. although I'm pretty used to it by now)

idk... I spend most of my miles driving down freeways. (sucks) and loaded down, solo with gear in side and top boxes. mile after mile after mile. I do try to take two lane as much as feasible but most often it's unavoidable. (sd to lb, impossible. sd to 29 palms... i can get in a lot of two lane as time warrants)
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:51 PM   #11
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Hell , half of the tires have never touched the road.

and... for some reason I'm still not wearing the rears down twice as fast as the front. or at least it seems. or am I missing something?
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:53 PM   #12
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You don't have to do all of your braking before a turn , but most of it. You can brake in or through a turn , but not as hard because some of the available traction is be used by turning. Same thing accellerating out.
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:55 PM   #13
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and... for some reason I'm still not wearing the rears down twice as fast as the front. or at least it seems. or am I missing something?
Your rear looks more worn than the front , but it's still not down to the wear indicators. I can't see them on the front , but it doesn't look bad at all.
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Old 08-11-2013, 08:31 PM   #14
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I run knobbies and tend to steer with my right wrist offroad. So I am at more like three to four rear tires per front.
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:27 PM   #15
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I'mma freak, I usually wear the front out 1st.
Same for me on the RT.
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