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Old 08-15-2013, 09:48 AM   #31
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I always seem to have the front tire cup before the tread is worn out. Not sure what I'm doing to cause it....played with pressure but it doesn't seem to make much difference. Must be the way I ride because I had the same issue on two different bikes. Not real issues with the rear.
When I stopped trail braking into turns, the cupping issues pretty much disappeared.

I know that it's supposed to be the best way to optimize traction on the street, but to optimize safety, I get all braking done before the corner starts, then tip the bike into the corner and get lightly on the throttle. Not only did that make the cupping issue go away, but I never found myself too hot in a corner after that either.
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:02 PM   #32
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What you guys are refering to as cupping is the tires flexing where the treads are , similar to the way knobbies wear on the road. That's why slicks don't do this.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:31 PM   #33
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I had a Anakee II front with that issue... the tread wore off in a way that trashed the tire before it's time. (worn at angles that made each chunk of solid tread area uneven) that and it had strange looking bumps evenly spaced around the outside. sort of like dime sized blisters that were hard when you touched them.
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:39 PM   #34
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I had a Anakee II front with that issue... the tread wore off in a way that trashed the tire before it's time. (worn at angles that made each chunk of solid tread area uneven) that and it had strange looking bumps evenly spaced around the outside. sort of like dime sized blisters that were hard when you touched them.

Sounds like tire herpes. Where you been riding?
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:05 PM   #35
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For me it's 2 rear to 1 front. I had a dunlop that was showing the belt after only 1000 miles. Turns out my tire guage was very inaccurate. I was over inflating right at 10 psi. With proper inflation I'm getting my money's worth out of tires now.
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:45 AM   #36
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I tend to wear the sides off of the front tires and the middle of the rear. At least on the more powerful bikes
Same here.

Over years I had 1 front / 2 rear (CBF 600, VFR 800, ZZR 1400) but since I ride my VFR 1200 it's 1:1. My thinks the harder you ride, the more the front wears.
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Old 08-17-2013, 03:40 AM   #37
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I tend to wear the sides off of the front tires and the middle of the rear. :
Not just powerful bikes, I have the same thing happen on a DL 650, it's riding style, most DL riders go 2 rear to one front.

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Old 08-18-2013, 11:32 AM   #38
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I've gone to the darkside

so far 4 fronts and I still have 75% tread life left on my General Altimax Arctic that's on the back, I fully expect my rear tire to last 50,000+ miles. Been running Karoos up front, studded in winter, I tend to change em out soon after they hit 50% tread depth, the last 30% of legal tread life is sketchy imho. I'm running a Tourance up front now, it will probably last longer, but I will take it off for winter to run another Karoo w studs
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:50 AM   #39
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I've gone to the darkside

so far 4 fronts and I still have 75% tread life left on my General Altimax Arctic that's on the back, I fully expect my rear tire to last 50,000+ miles. Been running Karoos up front, studded in winter, I tend to change em out soon after they hit 50% tread depth, the last 30% of legal tread life is sketchy imho. I'm running a Tourance up front now, it will probably last longer, but I will take it off for winter to run another Karoo w studs
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:11 PM   #40
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On my 950 SM, 2 rears for every 1.5 front. (Pirelli Scorpion Sync)
DRZ 400 SM I would wear them pretty evenly (Dunlop sportmax)
Bandit 1200 About 2 rear tires for every front (I don't remember what tires I ran but think it was Dunlop)
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