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post #1 of 17 Old 07-08-2009, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Will my rear tire survive a long trip?

Should I replace my Tourance rear tire that currently has about 11,000 km on it (6600 miles) before embarking on a grand tour of the East Coast?

I estimate that the 2-week trip will be over 7,000 km (4200 mi.) which would mean the Tourance would have at least 18,000 km (almost 11,000 miles) on it by the trip's end.

Is it reasonable to expect it to last that long? It seems to have lots of tread left at this point which is why I'm hesitant to junk it.

What sort of mileage are people getting with this tire?

The tire had a nail hole (professionally) repaired over a year ago.

I'm leaning towards replacing it so that I don't have to worry about it.

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post #2 of 17 Old 07-08-2009, 10:55 AM
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I got 15,000 miles out of my first rear Tourance. It still had some tread left (enough for a few thou more) but it also had a nail in it so it got replaced.

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I would replace it, but keep it and put it back on when the new one wore out.
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I just got 5k miles out of a rear Tourance.

I was loaded down pretty well but I truly expected better life out of it.

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If you are having to consider it........then I would replace it.

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post #6 of 17 Old 07-13-2009, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Big B View Post
If you are having to consider it........then I would replace it.
If in doubt, replace it. A patched tire is sketchy at best anyway. You should be enjoying your trip, not worrying about your equipment.

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post #7 of 17 Old 07-13-2009, 08:24 PM
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new tire

Tire is done. Get a new one and enjoy the trip.
New rubber is more fun to ride and far cheaper than replacing bike and body parts after a crash.

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Originally Posted by rockiedog2 View Post
I would replace it, but keep it and put it back on when the new one wore out.
+1, sounds like a great idea, you'll have to buy one eventually, this way you'll enjoy the trip without worrying about your tire.

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post #9 of 17 Old 07-13-2009, 09:13 PM
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If you are going to buy a new tire, ride the current one until it is dead. Yes, I mean start your trip on the current tire. Then purchase one here in the states and have it mounted. You will smile with glee at how much money you have just saved. Tire prices in Canada are absolutely outrageous. Ride the tire down here to the states and replace it here.

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post #10 of 17 Old 07-13-2009, 09:23 PM
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How long it will last depends on how your ride, your total load, heat, road surfaces, etc.

I haven't gotten more than 8 or 9000 miles out of a rear Tourance.

But, you can look at it in financial terms:

With 6600 miles on the tire, you've already gotten at least 3/4 of it's useful life out of it, and those are the best handling, best riding miles too.

So what you have left is maybe 1/4 the life, the hard riding, worst-handling 1/4th.

I just ordered a new rear and it cost me $149. So, if you pay the same thing, it'll cost you about $37 to toss that old rough-riding, iffy rear and replace it with a great-riding, great-handling new one.

Is $37 too much to pay for a better ride, better handling, and better peace of mind starting out your trip? Is $37 too much to pay not to have to yank a rear tire and spend time replacing it during your vacation?

If it were me, I'd think it was cheap insurance.


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