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post #1 of 28 Old 12-29-2013, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
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A little tire advice needed

At 8,600 miles, the OEM front tire looks to have 500-1000 safe miles left. The OEM rear tire looks much better and has perhaps 1,500-3,000 safe miles left. I've decided to spring for Michelin Pilot Road 3s. I would prefer not to replace both tires at once. Am I taking a (safety) risk by replacing the front tire first and then the rear tire 2,000 miles later?
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No safety risk, but your handling may feel ungainly due to the worn flat in the middle rear not playing nice with the nice round profile of a new front tire. You'll find out soon enough if it bugs you enough to wait in swapping out the worn rear.

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You might want to wait and check out the Pilot Road 4 coming out next month. Nice looking tire!
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I replace tires as they wear with whatever is a good price . When I'm down to the wear bars, in the center or the sides, it's time to change. Especially if a longer trip is in the works.
What tire you use depends on the type of riding and the size of your wallet.
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Replace them both, if only to save some hassle.


Your tire wear is unusual, a) it's high mileage; b) no one on earth kills a front tire ahead of a rear tire. I get 2 rears per front.
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Replace them both, if only to save some hassle.

Your tire wear is unusual, a) it's high mileage; b) no one on earth kills a front tire ahead of a rear tire. I get 2 rears per front.
I never get two rears per front ever since they stopped having the same tread depth on the two.

I'd fully agree with replacing them at the same time to reduce the hassle and any possibility of strange handling.
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I have a PR3 on the front and a stock Trailwing on the back. It works fine, and I haven't noticed any weird handling issues. When the back wears out I'll put a PR3 on there.

Maybe the hardcore knee draggers would notice a difference, but I'm just a regular all weather rider, and I've never had any issues with that combination.

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You might want to wait and check out the Pilot Road 4 coming out next month. Nice looking tire!

Oooh! New stuff!

The Pilot Road 4 tires will be available in three versions, the standard PR4, PR4 Trail for enduro and ADV bikes that are primarily ridden on-road and the PR4 GT for heavier, touring bikes. The Pilot Road 4 GT tires are already the OEM choice for the new BMW R1200RT.


Michelin Pilot Road 4 Tires - RevZilla

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I would like to see a picture of the trail.
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post #10 of 28 Old 12-29-2013, 03:37 PM
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I would like to see a picture of the trail.
If it is like the PR3, all version will have the same tread.

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