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post #21 of 33 Old 04-12-2019, 11:37 PM
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Could the front wheel be hitting the fender when it warms up from expansion? Seems far fetched, but I can't imagine a reason the front would wear out faster than the rear.
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post #22 of 33 Old 04-13-2019, 01:16 AM
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My front PR4 lasted 18,470 km (11,476 miles) before replacement with a Metzeler Roadtec 01 and it still had some life left.

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K so I'm in the minority, but others have had front go first....it's just never happened to me before. But also my first set of new rubber on the Strom... I feel like tires on my old versys lasted forever, granted I primarily used that bike as a NYC commuter and the would usually die to a screw, industrial staple, or road hazard before I ever got to wear them down.
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That's fairly typical for me on a DL650. It does handle well but I needed my weight well forward and I was sometimes sliding the front into corners under braking.

If you ride aggressively there isn't necessarily something wrong.
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That's fairly typical for me on a DL650. It does handle well but I needed my weight well forward and I was sometimes sliding the front into corners under braking.

If you ride aggressively there isn't necessarily something wrong.
Just making sure, do you brake in corners?

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Just making sure, do you brake in corners?
A bit of trail braking isn't a bad thing, and not scary at all with ABS.
I wore out the stock front Trail Wing in 6100 miles, while the rear went 8500. The replacement Metzler Tourance Next is at 7400 and looking good. Could be due to having a two ply tread and not so blocky tread pattern.

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Just making sure, do you brake in corners?
Yeah.

Not all the way through the corner, but deep into the corner yes. Far deeper than a sportsbike rider will.
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Yeah.

Not all the way through the corner, but deep into the corner yes. Far deeper than a sportsbike rider will.
That's so dangerous Worst case scenario i'll use the rear brake to modify my trajectory, but using the front brake when you're engaged in a turn is a huge no-no.

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Fronts seem to wear out first on many Michelin's. They are the only tires I have used that do this. The front Anakee III on my V2 is wearing faster than the rear although they are still high mileage tires. The front treads are a bit shallow new IMO. I am generally a minimal brake user and tend to get on the higher end of mileage on tires normally. I still really like them.

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Anakees 3 are prob my next tire...
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