I just made a trip to California and had to stop in Las Vegas’ on the way home to get a new set of tires. The rear tire was completely bald at 3250 miles. It might be different if it was all stops and starts but it was mainly hwy miles and the roads were very straight for the most part. I was riding two up with about a 50 LBS extra load but still the Bridgestone tire must have a very soft compound to only last that long. I got a set of Metzler’s in Vegas’ and they showed almost no wear on the last 900 miles of the trip. So if you’re going very far I would make sure there is a tire dealer with new tires on the way or just change them B/4 you go.
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Re: rear tyre wear
I have an 08' R3T that I bought in March, it has 3400 miles on it and the rear tire looks like I could put that many more on it. Not sure what brand it is but I check the pressure every other ride as Ihave learned that 42 in the rear and 38 on the front will make them last longer.
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Jacqui that would depend on the way you ride and/or the compound of the tyres. Soft compound may be safer if you are a hard rider, middle of the road compound if just ride for pleasure. I got 4000 kms out of a rear tyre on a 1981 Triumph Bonny.
The OEM Dunlop, IRC,Bridgestone, or quality major brand tire should be adequate. I have always had the best life and wear out of my tires by running higher pressure (usually 35-36 pounds ). The ride is harder but it reduces cupping on the tire sides increasing usable tire life.
it is best to go with the mfsti, the psi listed on the tire itself but there are some things you can do to adjust this. less ait about 5 10 pounds will give you a softer tire and better handleing. the trade off on this will be faster wear of the tire. over inflating it will give much better feul mileage sharper (not better but you will feel the effect of faster handleing going into and coming out of leans.) the trade off is going to be faster tread wear in the center of the tire. you are going to want to make sure the front and back are the same. i did a under inflate in the front and an over inflate on the rear and it gave me the feel that i liked in the bike. play around with it and have fun.
Tires should be checked when cool. Set the pressure to the amount shown on the frame sticker. If you don't have the frame sticker a good pressure to use is betwen 30/33 and 33/35 psi. Some folks use the lower pressure in winter. Also, when tires are new they have a release compound residue that needs to be gradually scrubbed off with riding wear. It is slippery so if you ride really hard on new tires you might do some sliding.
If your Jackpot has a Dunlop Cruisemax on the front that's the problem.
The first two Cruisemax's on the front of my Vegas had to be replaced at 6000 miles.
The third tire was a Dunlop 90/90 Elite 3, that tire lasted 12,000 miles
although it's related.
My SportCity has a little over 3000 miles on in and a flat spot 3 wide has worn into the center of the rear tire. I've noticed a difference in the handling as a result. Having never done burnouts or anything like that this seems a little like premature wear.
Do any of you have a flat spot developing on your rear tire? Maybe this is common wear pattern. I've never put this many miles on a 2-wheeled vehicle before.
this is called a chicken strip. you should lean more into the corners