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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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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.
Ian, Iowa
 

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I'm pushing 5K miles on my '14 and the rear looks like it will go 8 to 10K. I'm not very light on what Greywolf calls the "throttle input" though :)
 

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I wouldn't think the new 650s are much different for tire wear than the old ones. I get 20k out of Anakee 3s, which I run around 42psi front and rear. I ride pretty hard, about 50/50 highway and city. There isn't any of that "chipseal" shit where I live, so I suspect that helps.
 

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I rode the stock TW's to just over 10,000 miles to give you a basis for comparison on how I ride and they were absolutely done. Not threads, but done. I put a Continental Contimotion on the back of my 2013 DL650 because I didn't want to spend $200 on a tire. I paid $98 it and I'm currently at 9800 miles on it. It shows some flattening as I too, right 99% highways, but the thread depth is still good and I expect to get another 1000 out of it, minimum. The tire handles great, at least as good as the TW but probably a tad smoother at speed. I'm also riding a Bridgestone Battlewing on the front right now, just in case you were wondering.
 

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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.
FYI a couple of different websites are currently offering rebates on Metzelers, you might want to pick up a set now.
 

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i got almost 8000 miles out of the stock rear TW(nail ended its life). front didn't even look like it had any use. switched them for Heidenau k-60s and got a solid 12k miles from both probably 65/35 street/dirt.
 

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good info, everyone. tyvm. due to the generally easy-going nature of my riding i expect to obtain at least 10k per tire. i'm just beyond 4500 now (+5 months), so it'll be awhile before i need new'nz.

i can't remember what was on my ninja 650.
 

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I got 24K miles out of Metzler Tourances. I was pretty worried about them for the last 3-4K miles but other than being squared off, they still had a little tread. 90% of my miles are commuting (about 2 miles city, 15 miles highway) and 9% twisties, 1% dirt.
 
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