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post #1 of 36 Old 01-17-2014, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Price vs mileage on 6 tires...

I took the time to look at, research, and compare 6 different tires I am interested in- the metzler Tourance, Bridgestone trailwing(TW152/TW101), Shinko 705 Fullbore m-40, heidenau k60 scout, and the Anakee 3.

My goal is to get the best mileage for the buck. A likely breakdown of my mileage will be highway (60%), City driving under 45 mph (25%) gravel roads(10%) and forest roads, sand or deep gravel (5%).

So, with an estimate of 3,500 miles off the shinkos as the cheapest to buy tire, I found the 'per mile price', and the mileage I would have to get out of them to buy them over the shinkos. Here's what I came up with.

PURCHASE PRICE/MILEAGE--TIRE BRAND
$170/3,500 miles--Shinko 705
$170/3,500 miles--Full bore m-40,
$260/5,352 miles--Bridgestone trailwing
$290/5,970 miles--Metzler Tourance
$309/6,361 miles--Michelin Anakee 3
$323/6,650 miles--Michelin Anakee 3
$339/6,975 miles--heidenau k60 scout


Given this is a highly unscientific/mathematic comparison, is a more expensive set actually likely to give me a higher cost/mile ratio? I'm still leaning towards the fullbores or shinkos...

I bought my 2007 VStrom May 2013 with 2785 miles on the stock trailwing tires. Now it currently has 6850 miles and only a few hundred more miles (tread is 2.5-2.75mm in depth) to go .

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shinko's and full bore are the same as the heidenau minus installation cost which makes the shinko's o full bore a better deal. done.
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I worry less about cost than getting what I want. This time around I am putting on a set of Anakee 3s. I do not like the look of a full on street tire for an ADV type bike. I hate the ride of bias ply tires. Knobbies are for masochists.

I will not put cheap tires on my cages and darn sure not on my bike.

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I assume you do your own changes?
You didn't factor the down time and actual wrenching time.

Aside from the lay-up bike time, what if you are planning a 4k mile bike trip and your tire is half worn? If you're riding on a lower mileage tire, you're definitely going to replace them. If it's a Michelin, you're fine. So, considering that, unless you're only commuting, you're more likely to hit the wear bars on a longer mileage, pricier tire.

I've got 12k miles on my Anakee 3'rear and, damn, other than the squaring off, I think they've still got a few thousand miles left. I like that. :thumb up:


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I assume you do your own changes?
You didn't factor the down time and actual wrenching time. '
My buddy has all the tools from when he spooned tires on his wee and he will mount them for me. He now has a bandit and the metzler 880s he puts on are too stiff but he said he shouldn't have any issues with the tires I'll get.

I have Michelin defenders on my Subaru Outback- I like them but they were cheaper than the bike tires!

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Aside from tire construction, wear rate is also dependent on riding style and terrain, temperature, asphalt type and condition, weather heavenly laden, pressure, etc.. My length of tire mileage has varied roughly 30% using the same tire. I think your mileage estimates are low but what's really relative should be choosing the style of tire based on your type of riding. If you do as much as 30% off road a DS tire would suit you best.
We've gotten between 5.5-8K on each of the last five 705's rears we've used. But I do not like the nature of the front 705 and will be switching over soon

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I have Michelin defenders on my Subaru Outback- I like them but they were cheaper than the bike tires!
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Not quite buying the mileage,
the Tourances I took off because they were hard as rock, had 12000or so miles on them,
the 705 I put on the rear has roughly 3600miles on it and has only worn 1mm from the original depth
the M40 on the front has negligible wear, can't differentiate on the guage from original depth at 3600 miles.
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Not seeing how your numbers will give you any kind of data as from my experience those numbers do not come close
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Dang. I get more mileage out of my Shinko 705s than you do out of your Scouts.
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Correction

The mileage I listed on the first post was not actual ridden miles. It was more of a "if the average person puts shinkos on their bike and gets 3500 miles off a set, 'x' many miles is what they would have to get off the 'more expensive' tire options to make it worth their time, money and mileage.

So, if the shinkos got 3,500 miles for $170, I would have to get 6,975 miles on a pair of the Headenaus to make it worth the extra $169 purchase price.


4,500 miles on a shinko would mean almost 9,000 miles on a heidenau set of tires. For same per mile cost.

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