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post #1 of 29 Old 05-30-2016, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Is my tire too squared off?

Got this bike in North Dakota where corners are as plentiful as beautiful women and trees. It has spent most of it's miles there and on long slab trips. I have a long trip coming up at the end of June and I'm wondering if I need to replace the tires before then.



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post #2 of 29 Old 05-30-2016, 11:06 PM
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Hello, is that the original Bridgestone Trail Wing? How many miles are on it? Can you feel the wear bar indicators between the blocks? i can't quite tell from the pics. I'm at about 7800 miles and in the center i'm pretty much flat, so i am changin mine before i take a trip later in June. Better to be safe than sorry is what I'm thinking.
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Same feeling, it's a shame when there is still plenty of tread on the sides. Maybe you can arrange new tyres somewhere along your trip.
I had to replace my rear after a long trip on mainly straight roads, looked similar to yours.

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Just under 6k miles on the original trailwing. It's not to the wear bar, soI'm only worried about the squaring.

I'm hoping this tire is ok for one more long 1000+ mile trip because my next tire will be a more aggressive tread and I'd just as soon avoid using the new one on this trip as it will be a lot of highway.
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It should do a 1000 mile trip no problem.

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It should do a 1000 mile trip no problem.
Mistyped, it will be about 2k miles. Sounds like that would be ok as well.
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If I lived where you did I would put a car tire on


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Check your tires thoroughly for cracks (along the sidewalls and between treads). Personally, I'd replace both tires before a trip like that, especially since you'll be logging more miles before the end of June.
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I ran mine just like that for an 1100 mile fly & ride, then another 1500 miles before I replaced them with TKC-70's. They weren't at the wear bars, but they were droning at 50mph all the time unless the bike was leaned over, which was annoying. The new TKC-70's eliminated that. It sucks having to do slab all the time just to get to decent riding roads. Enjoy whatever new tires you get :-)

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No way I would start out on a 2000 mile trip on that tire! Nothing to do with squaring, or cracks, or anything but amount of tread left. Measure the wear indicator nearest the center of the tread. I will bet there isn't more that about 2/32" inch of tread over the wear indicator. Yes, it might get you home. Is it worth worrying about for the whole trip. Do you feel lucky enough to run to the cords are showing?

For $115 shipped you can have a new Battlewing. Which means you can make the trip without thinking about the tires. Thicker tread also lowers the chance of the puncture.
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