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post #1 of 32 Old 09-07-2010, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Wore out wee OEM rear tire in 4,000 miles

I' m at 4,000 miles on my '09 Wee and the stock tire is jut about gone. I'm guessing another 500 miles max. I ride all street, aggressive but not reckless, about 900 miles of that was two-up. I'm very surprised at how soon the rear wore out, I've gotten the same mileage on the rear of my 152 HP BMW K1200GT so I was expecting more.

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as you can see it has life left in it but the center is worn almost treadless. To me, when a tire looks like this it's got less than 1,000 miles on it before I'm compromising safety.

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Wow! That is not much! I managed to click 25,400 kms (15,782 miles) on my stock before they needed to be replaced, however I am a noob and I don't take a lot of dirt roads.

I am very impressed with the new set (Metzeler Tourances). The bike runs like it was on a rail.

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I got about 17,000 km, or about 10,500 miles on my stock rear tire. It had a bit of life left in it.

Now, the road surfaces can make a big difference but one other thing is the air pressure. It would be a good idea to run around 40 psi in the rear (and maybe a bit more if you are a big guy like me) and similar amounts in the front.

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I got 7,000 miles out of mine with some pretty mild driving. Might have
gotten 8,000 mi but wanted to get rid of the stock tires. Hoping to get
>10,000 mi out of new Tourance. I think road surface has alot to do
with longevity. You see quite a range of numbers floated here.
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Now, the road surfaces can make a big difference but one other thing is the air pressure. It would be a good idea to run around 40 psi in the rear (and maybe a bit more if you are a big guy like me) and similar amounts in the front.
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Rear tire wear increases at an exponential rate for every psi below 40.
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Rear tire wear increases at an exponential rate for every psi below 40.
I got near 13K on my stock rear. I religiously keep the back at 40-41 and the front at 39 (pavement riding). There was life left on both when I switched them out for Continental TrailAttacks which you can see here. Click the pic again for a bigger photo.

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Rear tire wear increases at an exponential rate for every psi below 40.
Because...?

My understanding is that lower pressures result in high tire temperatures, which consequently make the compound very soft, so it wears quickly. This is exacerbated in high ambient temperatures, by higher loads, and by sustained higher speeds.

I've never worn out a rear tire on my Vee nearly that fast, and I'm pretty brutal on the rear, in terms of hard acceleration in the lower gears.

Of course, excessive rear wheel braking could probably also contribute to rear tire wear.
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I' m at 4,000 miles on my '09 Wee and the stock tire is jut about gone. I'm guessing another 500 miles max. I ride all street, aggressive but not reckless, about 900 miles of that was two-up. I'm very surprised at how soon the rear wore out, I've gotten the same mileage on the rear of my 152 HP BMW K1200GT so I was expecting more.
Same with me eye.surg. as I posted a week or so ago. I might get another couple of thousand for a total of 7500 miles if I'm lucky. Someone mentioned to me that a lot of stop and go creates more wear which I do a lot of with all the traffic around this area. Not much dirt riding though but I my air pressure has been as listed on the frame so that may be another contributing factor as mentioned. I've since upped the pressure to 40r 38f and will see what that does.

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Because...?

My understanding is that lower pressures result in high tire temperatures, which consequently make the compound very soft, so it wears quickly. This is exacerbated in high ambient temperatures, by higher loads, and by sustained higher speeds.

Of course, excessive rear wheel braking could probably also contribute to rear tire wear.
All very true. The 3 most common contributing factors to rear tire wear are:
Air pressure, acceleration forces and engine braking forces. Load and heat or ambient road temps are also at the top of the list.

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Because...?

My understanding is that lower pressures result in high tire temperatures, which consequently make the compound very soft, so it wears quickly. This is exacerbated in high ambient temperatures, by higher loads, and by sustained higher speeds.

I've never worn out a rear tire on my Vee nearly that fast, and I'm pretty brutal on the rear, in terms of hard acceleration in the lower gears.

Of course, excessive rear wheel braking could probably also contribute to rear tire wear.
Yes, all you said. Lower pressures = more tire flex = more heat = more wear.

Heat is the biggest killer of tires and under unflated tires are the biggest cause of overheated tires.

Anything that helps carry the heat away like cool temps and wet roads help slow the wear.
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