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post #1 of 50 Old 04-02-2018, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Tire choice - long distance travel

I've been reading tire reviews over the past few months. It got to the point of decision paralysis. Last summer I was disappointed to only get 8000km from a set of Tourance. Had to replace them in Whitehorse on the way back from Alaska.

Next summer I'm planning a trip to Cape Breton and Newfoundland... At least 13 000km. Also time permitting I'd like to do an Iron Butt border 2 border 2 border (Can Mex Can). That's another 5800km.

Not planning any dirt or gravel so chose a set of PR4 (trail on the front). What are the chances of making it 18 000km loaded with camping gear?

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I got 21,000 miles on a PR 3 Trail front, that's 33,000 km so I think you should be fine.

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I made only about 7000 miles on a rear PR 4 as I remember. It was the "Trail" version which is softer. So if available I would NOT choose that version. The Tourance is usually considered a tire that gives high mileage. I suspect it will do as good or better than the PR 4. I got better mileage from the PR 3 series.

While some people can get twice the miles on tires I do, I suspect loaded down and running some higher speeds will keep mileage down. There is only one for sure method to make that trip on one tire, going to the dark side! Yes, many Iron Butt riders do run car rear tires!

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Actual mileage is so dependent on the rider and the roads traveled. I usually get 2 rears to a front. Going to the great unknown why not take a tire with you or get one shipped to some convenient point where you expect the present tire to be gone.
I've hauled a spare tied to the Upack on a couple trips...just in case.

I've also set in a motel for a couple days waiting for UPS to deliver a tire cus the one I had was too flat to go further and no one locally had that size in stock.
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I'm the same boat as you because I'm planning a 4K trip in June to Halifax and Colorado in August. All together this would add up to about 11-12K. I shortlisted Avon Trailrider and Metzeler Tourance but considering longevity of both I think Pilot 4 in the back and Pilot 4 Trail in the front will be the best option.

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I heard good things about the PR4s, but they are so bloody expensive i can't justify testing them.

In my personal experience, only oem Battlewings (i had full luggage and a a big dry bag) got me close to the 15000kms, all else failed to even touch 9k.

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Iíve got 11,000 miles on my rear Shinko 705 Radial and it still isnít down to the wear bars. Some town riding and long distance 1 up with loaded bags, top case and a dry bag.


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My Mitas E07s Dakar survived trip to Alaska. Coming out of AK at ~9k I was 100% positive it would not make home; had an appointment scheduled in Calgary. Friend of mine convinced me to take chances. We were putting bike on center stand and waiting for cords to show at every gas stop.. they never did. We had 14k miles when we got home, and they lasted well beyond that. Mostly commuting, several trips to Tail of the Dragon, to Montreal, New England, etc. I finally discarded rear with 25k prior to Florida; front is still going at 30k.

I have not seen any tire last so long Mitas grafted knobs on full blown road tire, when you think it is finished it's only at half point. And they handle pavement pretty good on par with dedicated touring rubbers.

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" 11,000 miles on my rear Shinko 705 Radial"

I think I hate you. I never get more than 6K. See what I mean about tire wear depending on the operator and the road surface?
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