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post #1 of 11 Old 03-07-2013, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
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Is this unusual tire wear?

Today I was inspecting my rear Tourance tire that will be replaced in the next day or two and noticed uneven tire wear down the center of the tire tread. One one side it is completely slick and when I rotated 180 degrees, there is a slight amount of tread still there. This tire was on the bike when I bought it used from a friend a year and a half ago. I've never noticed ANY hopping from the rear even with the stock shock( I installed an Elka recently). Is this wear unusual?

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Today I was inspecting my rear Tourance tire that will be replaced in the next day or two and noticed uneven tire wear down the center of the tire tread. One one side it is completely slick and when I rotated 180 degrees, there is a slight amount of tread still there. This tire was on the bike when I bought it used from a friend a year and a half ago. I've never noticed ANY hopping from the rear even with the stock shock( I installed an Elka recently). Is this wear unusual?
Pictures would help but sounds like it's from locking the rear tire and skidding.

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I have been through two sets of Tourances and both have worn out unevenly on the rear, no tread one side, spin the wheel and about 1.5mm tread left on the other side. I thought it must have something to do with the way they are manufactured.
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Is that the equivalent as cords showing in some parts of the tire and the rest slick? That's how my tourances ended up.
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I used up 3 rear Tourances. All of them wore pretty good but I change them just above the wear bars. I did not like how they wore so flat though, handled like a car tire near the end.

The fronts were worse. Ran two sets. Both developed cupping badly and would shimmy the front end.

Switched to the Anakee 2. Much better. I am on my second A2 rear and still the first A2 front. I believe I will be using these tires until Michelin quits making them.

FWIW the Tourance tires did go about 10% longer...but near the end they sucked.

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Is that the equivalent as cords showing in some parts of the tire and the rest slick? That's how my tourances ended up.

Almost. The area where it is slick looks as though some cord is starting to show through as I see little fibers. 180 degree of rotation and there is just a tiny bit of tread left and the entire center of the tire is now flattened out. I really have no complaints about the tires in general as I got over 10k miles.

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I used up 3 rear Tourances. All of them wore pretty good but I change them just above the wear bars. I did not like how they wore so flat though, handled like a car tire near the end.

The fronts were worse. Ran two sets. Both developed cupping badly and would shimmy the front end.

Switched to the Anakee 2. Much better. I am on my second A2 rear and still the first A2 front. I believe I will be using these tires until Michelin quits making them.

FWIW the Tourance tires did go about 10% longer...but near the end they sucked.


Almost the exact same experience as myself except I haven't noticed cupping. Think it could have something to with tire pressure? I try to keep mine at 39 front, 41 rear. I considered the Anakee's but too much towards dirt for my intentions so I am going to install Michelin Pilot 3(Trail) in the next day or two.

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just for clarification are you describing out of round type wear, or left side vs right side wear, if the latter, yes it IS normal for left side to wear quicker in countries where you ride on the right side of road and reverse for countries where you ride on left side of road

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Every really worn-out motorcycle tire I've ever seen looks like it's slightly out-of-round -- the faint remnants of rubber never look 100% even around the tire.

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Yes, out-of-round type of tire wear. That was the description I was looking for but couldn't come up with. Anyway, installed the Michelin front last night and the rear today. I used my newly acquired No-Mar changer and can't imagine trying to accomplish this job with tire spoons only. The job was a beast even with this changer! I spent about 10 minutes or so balancing the front wheel but the rear took me 40 minutes until I got it where I was satisfied. Then went for a 15 mile ride(looked like rain) and ran the bike up to an indicated 100mph momentarily to test for vibration or wheel hop. Smooth as silk. New tires sure make an old bike feel fresh and new again. Just from this short ride through some twisty type hill country, I am VERY happy with this choice of tires.

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