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Uneven tyre "profile" wear...

Hi all, I am a bit bemused by the tyre wear on my new V650LT.
After 1000 miles from new I noticed that the rear tyre is showing what I consider normal wear and most of the profile is scuffed as you would expect with normal riding. The front tyre, however, still sports its blue line (you know the line that is on a new tyre) and only about 80% of the profile has had any contact with tarmac. All my other bikes have worn across the tyre evenly both front and rear.
I am talking about the amount of contact the tyre has with the tarmac when cornering. Not the tyre wearing down.

Is this normal? The bike rides and handles fine.

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It's normal.

Different tyres have different radius profiles, so a front on one bike might show different wear than another front tyre.
Also a better than the stock OEM Tyre might giver you more grip and let you lean more or ride harder in corners so the wear patttern might also reach more towards the edges.

Generally chicken strips are measured on the rear tyre.
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John - I just looked at my front tire (130/80 Shinko E705 w/ just over 1,000 miles on it) - it still has some of the "parting-line" down the center of the tread, but the 'scuff-wear' looks similar, side-to-side. STILL have some 'chicken-strips'....

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I noticed that with the OEM Dunlop tires the front tire has more tread "curve" than the back. The chicken strip on the back is small and the one on the front is larger just as you describe. It must just be the Dunlop's as I've never noticed it on any other tires (different bikes).
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Thanks guys, glad it is not just me. If you look at the front tyre I appear to be riding like a big girls blouse but look at the rear and I am a right daredevil! (both stock Dunlops)

I shall do some research when it comes to replacement time and see if other options are better.

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...If you look at the front tyre I appear to be riding like a big girls blouse but look at the rear and I am a right daredevil! (both stock Dunlops)....
Sounds like you're riding your V like it's a DIRT-TRACKER, all 'hung-out' and 'sideways'....


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I shall do some research when it comes to replacement time and see if other options are better.

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Hi John

Look to get your tires just before you go over the Canadian border, or have them waiting for you and install booked in a major city like Whitehorse in the Yukon, or equivalent in AK.

In Whitehorse we met a V-Strom with this rear sprocket. He could buy new sprockets and chain, but was told 2 weeks before they could put it on for him (so we helped him in the motel carpark).

Have heard similar stories re tires / tyres.

Re choice of tyres, there are many threads on this forum, so I won't give you advice here, other than to say you will need good 90/10 or 80/20 tyres or even 60/40 for AK. Even if you aren't planning to tackle dirt roads, be prepared for long, and I mean 40 mile / 70 km long patches of roadworks. We have over 150 km of torn up, muddy road one day, and 50 kms of dust on other days.

If you are coming through Victoria, BC I know a place that will spoon them on and service your V for a good price.

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40 miles of roadworks..... must be a typo!!!! Surely not! One way traffic for 40 miles? Then again, everything certainly is bigger in the USA (and Canada)

I was hoping the tyres would get me from Houston to Alaska and back to Truckee or thereabouts (6,500 miles ish) but I shall keep a close eye on them and plan ahead. Thanks for the advice and we may well be near Victoria at some stage.

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40 miles of roadworks..... must be a typo!!!! Surely not! One way traffic for 40 miles? Then again, everything certainly is bigger in the USA (and Canada)
Not a typo - i think the longest was 65 km = 39.15 miles.

You go through behind a pilot car, changing side to side as you go. (see photo - not mine but that is what the roads were like)

We had to ride fairly hard to keep up at times as he was doing up to 70 kph in some fairly heavy goo.
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It's not unusual to wear the left side more than the right when you drive on the right and and I would imagine, vise versa in the UK. Longer left hand turns at intersections than rights, and climbing up a crowned road. Also we tend to push faster in left hand sweepers than rights because we have a clearer view of the road and we travel a further distance being on the outside.

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40 miles of roadworks..... must be a typo!!!! Surely not! One way traffic for 40 miles? Then again, everything certainly is bigger in the USA (and Canada)....
Here's a pic of ONE of those stretches Al and I (a few weeks apart) went thru.



This one was two-way, but VERY long - I MIGHT have mentioned how long in my write-up of D2D '16 - but Al wasn't exaggerating w/ the distances he mentioned.

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