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Old 11-01-2012, 10:25 PM
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DL650k7. Original rear rubber, 4,600 miles. I see some reports of riders getting over 10k on original tires. I don't ride aggressively, and ride about 90% blacktop roads, 10% dirt. ImageUploadedByMO Free1351819509.038049.jpg
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:32 PM
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Looks like you have a pretty good flat spot. My set had that around 6k and lasted another 4k before the handling went to hell. I just put another set on and wish I would have done it much earlier. The bike feels sooo much better with fresh rubber.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:02 PM
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Looks pretty much like normal wear, to me. It does look a little flat in the center. What air pressure do you carry in your tires? Too much can wear the center out early. So does riding mostly straight upright and vertical.
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Old 11-01-2012, 11:08 PM
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Looks pretty much like normal wear, to me. It does look a little flat in the center. What air pressure do you carry in your tires? Too much can wear the center out early. So does riding mostly straight upright and vertical.
I run the recommended factory pressure...I think 42 psi?

In case the pic is not sharp enough, the tread is worn smooth in the center of the tire. I just can't imagine how some folks claim over double the mileage I've gotten out of these tires. What could they be doing to attain such great mileage, or is it just Internet talk?
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I run the recommended factory pressure...I think 42 psi?

In case the pic is not sharp enough, the tread is worn smooth in the center of the tire. I just can't imagine how some folks claim over double the mileage I've gotten out of these tires. What could they be doing to attain such great mileage, or is it just Internet talk?
All the Internet talk I've seen usually involves bragging about how fast you wear out tires.
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Looks like my tires after a few miles. I generally replace them around 6k. Sometimes if I'm planning a ride I replace them sooner too so I don't have to deal with replacing tires on the road. I'm not an aggressive rider though like everyone I seek the winding stuff.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:41 AM
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I'm not an expert but I think tire wear depends on all manner of variables.
Things like speed, weight, temperature, road surface material and even how many rain miles determine the life of the tires.
If you ask the guys who do a lot of rain miles at lower speeds they might give you a higher than normal expected life.
You might check with your local riders to see what is normal for your particular area.
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I run the recommended factory pressure...I think 42 psi?

In case the pic is not sharp enough, the tread is worn smooth in the center of the tire. I just can't imagine how some folks claim over double the mileage I've gotten out of these tires. What could they be doing to attain such great mileage, or is it just Internet talk?
If you are riding solo then 36 psi is what's labeled on the bike, 42 is for two up. On my original Trailwings I always ran the recommended pressures for solo/two up. Got just over 10,000 miles out of the rear. My second set were Battlewings, got tired of changing the pressures (ran it at 42 all the time) and was just over 9,000 miles when I changed that rear...
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Same with mine but the time I hit 10,000 km it was if I was riding in a never ending crack in the road crack in the road. Pilot 3's are the answer
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If you are riding solo then 36 psi is what's labeled on the bike, 42 is for two up.
take the recomendations with a grain of salt. not everyone weighs 150lbs, anyone weight 250 or over is the same weight solo as 2up design weight
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