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post #1 of 21 Old 08-14-2013, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Ridiculous Front Tire Mileage

21000 miles on my front Tourance and still going very strong, no abnormal wear... Actually, abnormally good wear! I was wondering if anyone else has similar mileage with a tire that still looks this good? Or even, what is the most anyone has gotten out of a front tire w/o running to threads?

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Just out of interest, what pressure are you running in that tyre?

I'm pretty sure I know what I'm replacing my front with when it's time!

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My front Shinko 705 was removed this summer with 21,000 on it. Less than 1/4 of the tread was used, but there was some cupping. 37 PSI.

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I typically replace my front Tourance tires at what works out to somewhere between 21,000 and 25,000 miles. I run 40ish psi on them. Usually there is enough tread that if it was the rear I wouldn't think about replacing them, but cupping etc make me want to get new ones.

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My tires are not cupped a bit (probably due to lack of front braking) but they will be shortly (hh sintered pads from stockers) I run 36 front always and it seems many others get amazing mileage from these tires as well. We'll see where I am in 5000 miles, but even if they cupped down to the wear bars, it wouldn't be that bad as they only have 3 mm left.

All of my Tourance rears flat spotted within 3000 miles, I may look for another rear next swap, but I definitely plan in keeping the Tourance front


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It is too bad that you can't drive the front tire to sand it, you could remove that cupping in about 15 minutes


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It is too bad that you can't drive the front tire to sand it, you could remove that cupping in about 15 minutes
I'd love to know what you are talking about... Can you explain please?

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19,500+ miles out of my OEM trail wing. I bet I could have done a few thousand more on it. Just wasn't worth risking it. Kept it at 36 psi.


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I'd love to know what you are talking about... Can you explain please?

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When my rear tire gets squared off, I put it on the stand and have my wife brace it while holding a teeny bit of throttle in 2nd. I take a concrete block and round out the tires til they are smoking, let them cool for 30 seconds while rotating an then do it again till they are round. This way you can get a nice even profile all the way around. I did this on cars with bad cupping as well, I just did one axle and swapped the tires on the non-drive axle to the drive axle and did the same.
The problem is you don't really have a way to drive the front tire to do this. If you did though, my tip is to let the tires cool when they jut start to become glossy, regardless of the smoke, wear a respirator or at least a dust mask, long sleeves, impact gloves and put a fan on your radiator. This method is much better than just trying to do a burnout because you have better temp control and you can see problem areas and address, also it's easier to do manually.

Do so at your own risk, there is a possibility of your bike coming off the stand, tipping, chain getting caught, lots of variables so be safe.


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Hard to argue with the Tourance

I've got 17,500 on my front and it still looks solid. I think 21,000 is about the most I've gotten out of a tire and it was my last set of Tourances. I'm only getting 15-16 out of the rear though, and usually thats to the steel! I don't think I'm going to try anything else though, happy with the performance to longevity ratio for sure!
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