How many miles did your first set of tires last? - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
Go Back   Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums > Popular Forums > DL1000 - 2002-2012


DL1000 - 2002-2012 For those bikes with two pipes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-06-2012, 11:10 PM
chrisdebritz's Avatar
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Northern California
Posts: 125
Default How many miles did your first set of tires last?

Just passed the 8k mark on my '12 Vee. The tires still look great. There are slight flat spots because of my commute. I tried a gentle swerve back and forth when traffic was light, but our highway patrol was not happy about it. It was lucky that the officer that pulled me over rides too. He knew why I was doing it but told me not to do it anymore.


Sent from my iPhone using Motorcycle.com Free App
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 11-06-2012, 11:42 PM
honez's Avatar
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Queensland, Australia
Posts: 43
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisdebritz View Post
I tried a gentle swerve back and forth when traffic was light, but our highway patrol was not happy about it. It was lucky that the officer that pulled me over rides too. He knew why I was doing it but told me not to do it anymore.
What reason and/or instructions did he give for you to cease? Motorbikes are allowed to use any/all parts of their lane (here in Australia, at least) so I'm interested in hearing what kind of traffic violation he thought you were committing.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-07-2012, 02:24 AM
*noolis*'s Avatar
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Seattle
Posts: 100
Default

Yeah, what was the problem? I do this all the time to check and improve my control.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-07-2012, 06:06 AM
Strange Dog's Avatar
$tromtrooper
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Canberra-ish, Australia
Posts: 752
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisdebritz View Post
Just passed the 8k mark on my '12 Vee. The tires still look great.
I guess that's 8K miles? What tyres have you got?

I sometimes rapidly twitch the steering left and right to see if anything feels wrong with the bike. I once saw a rider on a CBR900 doing the motogp "Warming my tyres" swerving and he very nearly high-sided it.

If you are weaving left and right to wear your tyres evenly, wouldn't you have to be doing it for something like two thirds of your commute in order to wear the edges of the tyre ?
__________________
Sent from my Commodore 64.

If something I have posted offends you, it is highly likely I was drunk when posting it. Sorry.


Buffeting, chuddering and wheezing my way across Canberra.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-07-2012, 07:52 AM
randyo's Avatar
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Farmington, New Hampshire, USA
Posts: 8,277
Default

what is the purpose of swerving in your lane ?
__________________
RandyO
IBA# 9560
07 Strom 1k (7x,xxx miles)
99 SV650 (135,006 miles)
82 XV920R
A man with a gun is a citizen
A man without a gun is a subject
[URL="www.gbhsurvey.com"]www.gbhsurvey.com[/URL]
[IMG]http://i427.photobucket.com/albums/pp352/xv920r/VisitedStatesMap.jpg[/IMG]
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-07-2012, 08:34 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: PA
Posts: 183
Default

I do it occasionally if I'm bored, and also to make tailgaters give me more distance (it works, so does standing up).
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-07-2012, 09:10 AM
$tromtrooper
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 347
Default

Back to the original question the original factory tires on my '11 lasted just about 15000 miles. I replaced the back first as they were squared off and down to the wear bars. About two weeks later, and glowing from my successful manual tire change, I replaced the front with a Anakee 2.

Rick
__________________
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-07-2012, 09:26 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
Posts: 5,893
Default

Moving around in your lane does remind some of the tailgaters to drop back, and you'll meet the nicest LEOs that way. When the next one stops you, ask him for a beer.

Trying to even out the wear on your tires by moving in the lane doesn't work. Here is the good reason for moving around in your lane:

__________________
To err is human;
to persist in it is diabolical
--Lucius Annaeus Seneca (1-65 AD)

America’s infrastructure is now so wretched that, in some areas, the only people who drive straight are the drunks.
Anyone who is sober swerves to avoid potholes.
--Nicholas Kristoff

Crossing the double yellow is a free squish. Don't give people the opportunity to squish you for free. They'll take it.
--Some wise member of ADVRider
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-07-2012, 03:04 PM
chrisdebritz's Avatar
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Northern California
Posts: 125
Default

I've seen that video, and do it. It makes the cagers take notice. Yes it's 8,000 miles on factory Bridgestone Trailwings.
LEO told me that swerving was a vehicle colds violation. Haven't found the code yet.


Sent from my iPhone using Motorcycle.com Free App
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-07-2012, 05:11 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Sydney
Posts: 165
Default

I got 16000km out of my trail wings. They had a little left on the front only.
__________________
2008 DL1000 - Two Bros cans, ProTaper Bar, Oxford Grips, PC111, Givi crash bars, MCA screen.
1977 BMW R100S - SOLD
1984 BMW R80RT - ON LOAN
1984 DR185 - In need of a few carbon credits to keep up with burning oil
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:05 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.5.2