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post #1 of 75 Old 02-10-2016, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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okay, folks, i tried to find an appropriate thread on 650 2012+ tire life. came up empty handed. my 2015's outfitted with the b-stone trail wing radials 101 front and 152 rear.

just wondered what sort of mileage life ya'll'r experiencing. i ride street - no dirt, unless i mismanage that curve up ahead.

once the TWs are used up, have you "street only" riders (are there any on this forum besides me???) found better tires?

i ride conservatively, maintaining lots of chicken strip.

my tires have logged only 4400 miles. i'm expecting to roll at least 10K, front and rear, before either needs replacing. by then, improved tires may have been innerdoost.

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okay, folks, i tried to find an appropriate thread on 650 2012+ tire life. came up empty handed. my 2015's outfitted with the b-stone trail wing radials 101 front and 152 rear.

just wondered what sort of mileage life ya'll'r experiencing. i ride street - no dirt, unless i mismanage that curve up ahead.

once the TWs are used up, have you "street only" riders (are there any on this forum besides me???) found better tires?

i ride conservatively, maintaining lots of chicken strip.

my tires have logged only 4400 miles. i'm expecting to roll at least 10K, front and rear, before either needs replacing. by then, improved tires may have been innerdoost.


Back tires last me about 5k miles. Front twice that.

Lots of long straight roads where I live.

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Too many variables are involved. I've seen reports varying from 5,000 miles to over 15,000 miles. Road surfaces, air temperatures, inflation, acceptance of different final tread depths and throttle inputs all contribute to mileage differences.
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One "control" you have is your location and the roads there. Other riders in your locale should chime in, as that would be one less variable.

As Graywolf said, tire pressure is a biggy. I keep my rear tire at 40 lbs, but I keep trying different rears, hoping to beat the Anakee 3's best mileage to date of 14k miles.


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I got 12,187 miles on the stock TWs with about 80/20 mixed street/dirt before switching to Shinko 705s.
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My bike has almost 16,000 km (10,000 miles) and the rear tire has about 30% life left, and the front tire maybe 60% left.

I am considering Metzeller Tourance as my new set of tires at the end of the year.

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good points, fellow riders.

i stick to well-maintained roads, keep air pressure as MOM advises - 33 and 36. i replace before the wearbar is almost flush.

on my former cruisers and ninja 650, front tires got 12-13K, rears, 10K.

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The weight you carry, the speeds you run, the abrasiveness of the road paving aggregate in your region, how hard you corner, how hard you accelerate, temperatures, are some of the factors of tire life.

Higher inflation pressure gives longer tread life, better gas mileage, reduced traction, harsher ride. Your choice.

Some good street-only tires are Michelin Pilot Road 4 (maybe the best in rain), Bridgestone T30 Evo, Avon Storm 3DX-M, Conti Road Attack 2 Evo, others.
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OEM rear tire-8 miles
ME88 rear tire will last 12-16k miles depending on road surface and riding aggressivness-SOB to mount.
Michelin Commander 2 rear-almost as good, easier to mount.
Michelin PR fronts-easy 16k miles, PR4 was difficult to set bead, PR3 easy.
Actual miles from new to bald tire difficult because usually change tires with some tread left prior to trip.
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I'd be jumping up and down if I got 5k out of a rear :embarassed:

70/30 tires, lots of gravel miles.
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