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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-20-2010, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Tire Wear-What to expect

Just went over 3000 miles and in checking the tires, they look pretty good but the front looks like it is starting to flat spot. What has been the tire wear like for those that have put some miles on. I commute to work every day (weather permitting) and do some spirited mountain/coast riding on the weekends. Just trying to plan when tires might be due.
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Just went over 3000 miles and in checking the tires, they look pretty good but the front looks like it is starting to flat spot. What has been the tire wear like for those that have put some miles on. I commute to work every day (weather permitting) and do some spirited mountain/coast riding on the weekends. Just trying to plan when tires might be due.
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i put new front and back tires on at somewhere around 7k. the rear looked like it had a good 1k left in it and the front maybe 1-1/2 to twice as much left. If you ride very sedately most of the time i imagine you could get 9-10k out of them.
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Keep in mind there are a lot of factors involved such as riding style, load (solo, 2-up), etc... I'm not a very big guy (150 lbs), ride solo 95% of the time and ride "sedately" (to use dazco's term) 95% of the time. I just went over 3K on my T-Bird and the tires look great. I fully expect to get at least 10K out of them easily. My Tiger 1050 has 4600 miles on it and the tires (Michelin Pilots) on it look great too.

I had a Heritage Softail years ago and would get 14K or so out of the rear and 25K or so out of the rear.

FTR, I replace tires when they get to the wear bars so I'm not talking about wearing down to the point of having a slick.

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Thanks, guys..I go about 230lbs and I would say I ride fairly aggressively (there is something about this bike!!). At 3000 the tires look good but you never know if they fall off quickly at some point. Sounds like I can expect normal mileage from these tires...
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I go 265lbs and ride sprited to agressive on mostly back roads I only have 1700 miles and I have all ready noticed some cupping front and rear and I put dyna beads in about 150 miles ago any suggestions ?
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7200 miles so far. both tires have a noticeable flattening, but I think I'll see 10K out of them.

I'm a good-sized guy, but a newer rider.
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I have ME880s on my VN900 and have over 13k miles on them with 4 rear/3 ft mm of tread remaining. I go 250 lb. The TBird is about 150 heavier than the VN900 so I expect to get good mileage out of these tires. For me the trick is to run them at Metzeler recommended tire pressure, i.e. 42 rear/ 40 ft.

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Hi,
I have a 2010 Thunderbird SE and just passed 5K miles. The dealer told me the rear tires have about 500-1000 miles left on them. I have the stock ME880s on them. Because I do a lot of commuting on superslab, the tires are worn in the middle and are still in pretty good shape on the sides. I'm wondering if I should replace with a different tire. I'm looking at the Bridgestone Exedra Max 200/50ZR17.

1) Does anyone have any experience with this tire?
2) Does anyone have a good dual compound tire they recommend for commuting?
3) The dealer told me it was a bad idea to mix tire brands between front and back. The front tire still looks good. Is there any validity to that?

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Hi,
I have a 2010 Thunderbird SE and just passed 5K miles. The dealer told me the rear tires have about 500-1000 miles left on them. I have the stock ME880s on them. Because I do a lot of commuting on superslab, the tires are worn in the middle and are still in pretty good shape on the sides. I'm wondering if I should replace with a different tire. I'm looking at the Bridgestone Exedra Max 200/50ZR17.

1) Does anyone have any experience with this tire?
2) Does anyone have a good dual compound tire they recommend for commuting?
3) The dealer told me it was a bad idea to mix tire brands between front and back. The front tire still looks good. Is there any validity to that?
Geoff
Of course, I meant tire, singular, not plural...
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A few of the guys are running the Avon Storm 2 ultra and seem to really like it. Maybe they could add some comments.. I haven't tried them yet but will be going that way soon. It's a multi-compound tire. http://www.avonmoto.com/products/spo.../storm-2-ultra As far as mixing brands go, all I can say is that I've always done it and never had any problems. It might make a difference on a race track.. I dunno.. but for what most of us are doing I can't see it being a problem. Just don't mix types.. i.e. don't mix radial with bias ply.
That's an old thread you dug up... I know I've seen more recent comments somewhere around here lately!
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