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I have a little over 6,000 miles on my 2012 ADV and am wondering how much further I can expect to go on the stock tires. They both look pretty good, and my guess is I have another 3000+ miles of life left. But I am getting ready to embark on a 3000 mile trip and am wondering what kind of mileage others have seen. Should I set up a tire change somewhere along the way, or take my chances?
 

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Mileage varies greatly. I just changed my rear at 8275 miles. Front has some tread left on it but it is cupped a bit.
 

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Change before you go otherwise on every stop you'll be checking to see how close they are to being worn out. IIRC tyres pick up punctures more often the less tread there is on them as well.

Could always keep the removed tyres and put them back on after the trip if money is tight.
 

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7000 out of the rear, replaced with a 705, and have 13000 on the front and will replace both at 14000 not sure yet with what.
 

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Tire wear depends greatly on your speed, the weight of the load you're carrying, how aggressive your riding is, the temperature of the pavement, and the abrasiveness of the aggregate in the pavement, all assuming suitable inflation pressure.

I'd put on a set of Michelin Pilot Road 3 Trail tires if you're a pavement rider, or Michelin Anakee 3 tires if you're a mixed pavement & firm dirt rider.
 

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I got 11,585 miles out of the stock rear tire. I could have gotten more but I caught a nail, so I figured it was a good enough time to change. That was over this winter time, so I don't know if summer temps would have worn off more rubber faster. The front is scalloped a little bit, but has tread enough, for maybe another 1,000 miles or so...
Before a bit long trip with your miles, I'd be inclined to throw on new rubber and enjoy the new tire smell a little.
 

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I had 10,300 on my stocker and the wear bars were just flush with the tread. I was in San Diego about to start my 780 mile trek back to Salt Lake City so I went and changed out.. It is a long hot flat ride and lots desert in between. I just couldn't see risking it. Had I not been on a trip with the conditions above I might have gotten another 8oo miles outta her, but close enough to home that I wouldn't have been "stranded".

If you can afford it I'd say get a new one, but that said, spending $160 now could save your entire trip and maybe your health!

FYI I got a Full Bore tire on my swap out... I really like it! and it was on sale for $89!! Lotsa meat and tread blocks so I feel better when I wander off the pavement... ($149 installed!)
 

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Thanks for all the replies. Based on the various comments, I decided to put on a pair of Pilot Road 3 Trails next week. The mileage of my upcoming trip is about 2500, and I have 6500 miles on the bike, so opting for caution. I am probably throwing away some usable tread, but not enough to be worth putting them back on IMO.
 

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Let us know how you like those road pilot trails. I just put on new Metzler Tourances for an upcoming trip. Might like to try the road pilot trails next time.

Safe journeys !
 

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I've only got 3700 miles and I noticed my rear tire has a moderate leak. I don't see any punctures, but after filling the tire, it'll go down to 10 PSI in a few days without riding.

Any suggestions on whether I should ride it to a nearby bike shop, or do I have to get it towed? :confused:
 

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Let us know how you like those road pilot trails. I just put on new Metzler Tourances for an upcoming trip. Might like to try the road pilot trails next time.

Safe journeys !
They are awesome. I have about 7k on mine and a good 2-3k left and im a fairly spirited rider. Just be prepaired to pay for them! They arent cheap. They are well planted in the straights and lean in slow to a point, then they want to keep going. I can NOT get them to spin when its wet! Purposely tried on many occasions.

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They are awesome. I have about 7k on mine and a good 2-3k left and im a fairly spirited rider. Just be prepaired to pay for them! They arent cheap. They are well planted in the straights and lean in slow to a point, then they want to keep going. I can NOT get them to spin when its wet! Purposely tried on many occasions.

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Sounds good. Thanks. What was the cost ?

I paid $300 for the Tourances (front and rear)
 

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I just got me PR3 Trails from American Moto Tire for under $300 with free shipping to my door. http://www.americanmototire.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=200_255_1050 Arrivedvia FedEx ground in 2 days. I'm still breaking them in, but they are really confidence inspiring. The rear profile is broader than the Trailwing so turn in is a bit different, but like I said, very confidence inspiring.

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I've only got 3700 miles and I noticed my rear tire has a moderate leak. I don't see any punctures, but after filling the tire, it'll go down to 10 PSI in a few days without riding.

Any suggestions on whether I should ride it to a nearby bike shop, or do I have to get it towed? :confused:
Until you know where the leak is then IMO you shouldn't ride the bike.

Once you know where the leak is, and it might be just that the valve needs tightening up, then you can make a reasoned decision on whether you're happy for a repair, using one of theses maybe Stop and Go International - Tire Repair and Inflation Products or the tyre needs changing if it's punctured.
 
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