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post #1 of 22 Old 12-04-2014, 07:17 AM Thread Starter
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OEM Bridgestones short lived.

I've had my 13 Glee adv almost a year, just turning 6000 miles and the rear OEM tire is shot. This seems a little short lived to me. I doubt it will pass inspection next month for tag renewal. I have had good luck with Michelin tires. I do 99% street with the once in a while gravel/dirt road thats takes me to my fishing holes. What is a good long life tire? I am thinking the Michelin Anakee 3. I have heard they last and last.

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I've used Anakees once and they lasted the same as every other brand I've tried: 6-7k on the rear and 12k on the front and I don't ride particularly aggressively. Some say that the type of roads in your area will make a difference.
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I've used Anakees once and they lasted the same as every other brand I've tried: 6-7k on the rear and 12k on the front and I don't ride particularly aggressively. Some say that the type of roads in your area will make a difference.
I agree. No matter what tire I have tried, I get about the same mileage. And, this has been the case on my vstrom 650 and vstrom 1000. I do like the oem tires, and they are reasonably priced. No sense spending a lot more $$ on tires that will not get you a lot more miles.
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Apparently so, and this was a low year for me in miles. Normally I do about 15 k a year, this means about 2 rear and 1 front a year. Ill stick with the OEM if there is really no increase in wear mileage. Why spend the money? Thanks for the replies.

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I've used Anakees once and they lasted the same as every other brand I've tried: 6-7k on the rear and 12k on the front and I don't ride particularly aggressively. Some say that the type of roads in your area will make a difference.
Truer words were never spoken! 2-3 riding seasons around Alaska, maybe 5-8000 miles total, and that's it...no matter the tire or brand!
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I couldn't wait to get away from my oem. I wanted something that would hook-up better in the NC mountain roads. Also wanted something that made me feel confident when it was wet. I went to a PR3 and now a PR4. Both have been worth every penny.
If you are concerned about longevity then going to the dark side I hear is the way to go.

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... I have had good luck with Michelin tires. I do 99% street with the once in a while gravel/dirt road thats takes me to my fishing holes. What is a good long life tire? I am thinking the Michelin Anakee 3. I have heard they last and last.
I've had all three Anakee versions (I, II, III) on my Wee and was generally pleased with all but treadweard (mileage) wasn't great so I switched to Michelin PR4s and my suggestion would be that you try them too, especially considering your 99% street riding (much like me). I know others, whose opinions I value, who have switched to PR4s. I think you can beat the tread life of OEM tires by using PR4s. It's also comforting to me to know that I'm riding on Michelins. I tend to believe I get what I pay for. My life is literally riding on those tires.

On OEMs I got mileage similar to what you report. Good luck regardless.

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Which PR4 are you using? GT, Trail, regular? I didn't think the regular PR4 comes in a front tire size to fit 110/80 R19.

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Which PR4 are you using? GT, Trail, regular? I didn't think the regular PR4 comes in a front tire size to fit 110/80 R19.
I took a quick look in the PR4 thread and found the following information from an earlier post of mine. This is what's on my Wee at present :

Pilot Road 4 Rear Tire: Standard 150/70ZR17 69W
Pilot Road 4 Front Tire: Trail: 110/80R19 59V


Another fellow in that same thread made this comment :

"...the size front for us is only available in the Trail, while the rear size is available in standard and Trail..."

He's probably right - I haven't had a need to take a look since I have nearly new tires on my bike now.

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I've had my 13 Glee adv almost a year, just turning 6000 miles and the rear OEM tire is shot. This seems a little short lived to me. I doubt it will pass inspection next month for tag renewal. I have had good luck with Michelin tires. I do 99% street with the once in a while gravel/dirt road thats takes me to my fishing holes. What is a good long life tire? I am thinking the Michelin Anakee 3. I have heard they last and last.
I got the same out of my rear as you, I have a heavy right hand and I was very slack with my rear suspension.

I got very poor hook up on the rear in the dirt and just rode around the problem instead of fixing it, I think if I had fixed the hook up in the dirt I would have got better hook up on the road a few more miles from the rear tyre.

I have now fitted Anakee 3's and I love them, I can't see me getting anymore distance from them because they hook up so well on the black stuff and in the dirt, but they put a smile on my face so they will stay.

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