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post #121 of 185 (permalink) Old 11-14-2012, 03:10 PM
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2000km on the tires and the rear is probably 40% gone, front is still practically like new. Really these tires are just perfect for cold seasons and even snow!

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Was just mentioning the chicken strips as an indication of the confidence these tires inspire me (not scientific proof of what tires can do). I have about 120000km of experience with motorcycles, and I've tried tons of bikes from all makes and styles, and chicken strips usually disappear after 150km on the bike, that is when I feel I can push the bike without feeling the rear (or front) wanting to slide out all the time...I bought many new bikes and have never been SUPER impressed by the stock tires (exemption made for my 2009 Speed Triple that came with Metzeller Sportec M3s), but the Versys has by far the worse stock tires I've seen. I wouldnt want to be caught riding them on a curvy road on a cold rainy day, they'll feel like hard plastic...
ditto on that! 8500 miles on the stockers and always just aloof, 200 miles on the scropions and what an incrediable difference. so with new tires on why am I here, just keeping a heads up on my next pair and the prices!!! tks
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Have almost 4500 miles on my original 09. Bought the bike new in may 2011. I have noticed that the rear tire has "slipped" several times when riding on paved roads where cracks have been sealed with tar (tar snakes). Not a pleasant experience to have the back slide out 1 or 2 inches.

Still plenty of tread on both front and rear tires, I only weigh 150 lbs and hardly ever ride 2 up.

This is my first bike where I plan to get new tires when needed, but I was watching tread wear, and very little tread has worn.

Am I being too conservative? Is there a mileage number where you should replace them?
at 5k I was ready to replace but out of thriftiness and the end of fall I pushed them to 8500. My replacement was the Pirelli scorpions, after just 50 miles I was astonished at how well they performed.
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I felt bad that it took 53 wks to put 10,000 miles on the stockers.
Just finished mounting the bt-023s & have come to the conclusion that I will probably just write a check next time. This was the only maint. on my list at this time and figured since it was abt 0 deg f & the wilf was in south beach, I'd do it myself. It seems that each decade adds to the difficulty of the task and will now pass it off on the kids.
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post #125 of 185 (permalink) Old 02-01-2013, 10:33 PM
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Finally got my stock tires changed out a couple weeks ago after 8,000 miles. Put on the Michelin PR3s and wow... what a difference! Cannot believe I stuck with the originals for so long. My confidence in corners and on wet roads has been completely renewed, and then some!

I did have a fun time getting the tires to the shop to be changed though.


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never tell someone that it can't be done until he's finished doing it

a simple solution for a simple problem..well done
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Great set up to transport your tires. Few things make me happier than being able to use the bike for transporting cargo!

Looks like your rear tire was well flattened in the center and ready for replacement. The PR3s are awesome, so happy with mine.

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I'm not an attention whore, but I did really enjoy the looks from people as I zoomed by.

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Re: Are the stock V tires really that bad?

Yeah the stock tyres are horrible. I too had a flat centre. Changed to bridgestone bt023 front and rear and now cornering with better confidense.

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Finally got my stock tires changed out a couple weeks ago after 8,000 miles. Put on the Michelin PR3s and wow... what a difference! Cannot believe I stuck with the originals for so long. My confidence in corners and on wet roads has been completely renewed, and then some!

I did have a fun time getting the tires to the shop to be changed though.

Very creative, I take pride in my creativity however you just took it to another level.......

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Finally got my stock tires changed out a couple weeks ago after 8,000 miles. Put on the Michelin PR3s and wow... what a difference! Cannot believe I stuck with the originals for so long. My confidence in corners and on wet roads has been completely renewed, and then some!

I did have a fun time getting the tires to the shop to be changed though.

Ed - it looks like H-D "training wheels"....


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My KLR trip to Alaska, YT, NWT and BC in summer 2009
http://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=69383

My Versys trip to D2D 2013, and Alaska, June '13
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=33153

My Versys trip to D2D 2015, and Inuvik, June '15
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=83034
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Haha, yeah I still haven't mastered my bike on two wheels yet. Maybe when I'm older I'll take them off! Glad people are getting a kick out of this. At first I thought it might be a little dangerous, but I got them very securely fasted to the racks and then realized it was really just my version of bumper-motorcycles. Extra impact protection on the sides.

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Here's a pic of how I got a set of Metzler Tourance tires from Seattle to BC last summer....
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My KLR trip to Alaska, YT, NWT and BC in summer 2009
http://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=69383

My Versys trip to D2D 2013, and Alaska, June '13
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=33153

My Versys trip to D2D 2015, and Inuvik, June '15
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Finally got my stock tires changed out a couple weeks ago after 8,000 miles. Put on the Michelin PR3s and wow... what a difference! Cannot believe I stuck with the originals for so long. My confidence in corners and on wet roads has been completely renewed, and then some!

I did have a fun time getting the tires to the shop to be changed though.

Thats the first Versys trike I see
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Finally got my stock tires changed out a couple weeks ago after 8,000 miles. Put on the Michelin PR3s and wow... what a difference! Cannot believe I stuck with the originals for so long. My confidence in corners and on wet roads has been completely renewed, and then some!

I did have a fun time getting the tires to the shop to be changed though.

Damn! I think that's wicked clever. Believe I'll try it myself when the new tires arrive.

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Thats the first Versys trike I see
Wouldn't it be a "quad"...?


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My KLR trip to Alaska, YT, NWT and BC in summer 2009
http://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=69383

My Versys trip to D2D 2013, and Alaska, June '13
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=33153

My Versys trip to D2D 2015, and Inuvik, June '15
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What does it usually cost to get new tires mounted?
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What does it usually cost to get new tires mounted?
Before you go and buy them online go check with your local independent shop on what they will charge to sell you tires and mount them. Then ask how much to mount what you bring in.
The small shop I go to now charges only a few $ more than what I can find tires online for. He gets them next day no charge and mounts them. If I buy online it takes longer to get the tires shipped to my house then I have to deliver the tires to him and he charges around $30 a wheel to swap. Its cheaper to buy everything from him then to shop online for me. Unless you do your own mounting. Plus I like supporting a local shop if they have fair prices.

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Before you go and buy them online go check with your local independent shop on what they will charge to sell you tires and mount them. Then ask how much to mount what you bring in.
The small shop I go to now charges only a few $ more than what I can find tires online for. He gets them next day no charge and mounts them. If I buy online it takes longer to get the tires shipped to my house then I have to deliver the tires to him and he charges around $30 a wheel to swap. Its cheaper to buy everything from him then to shop online for me. Unless you do your own mounting. Plus I like supporting a local shop if they have fair prices.

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The first place I went was to the dealer I bought the bike from.
I guess they made enough money off selling the bike & no longer needed my business....550.00 for tires & mounting with me bringing them the rims.
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The first place I went was to the dealer I bought the bike from.
I guess they made enough money off selling the bike & no longer needed my business....550.00 for tires & mounting with me bringing them the rims.
That is why I said to go to a INDEPENDENT SHOP. I got some outrageous prices from my dealer when I wanted some prices. Now I use a small shop that has no affiliation with Kawi or any other manufactures.
He orders parts from Parts Unlimited and gives me good prices on them as well.

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