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Well I got about 6,300 miles out of my stock tires before I hit the wear indicator, so time to replace.

I decided on Bridgestones BT-016 front and back tires and as is always reported with new aftermarket tires a noticable difference was imediate. After a good but careful scrub-in to get the new tire muck off the top surface I can ride a bit more agressive to get a feel for them.

Great, excellent, couldn't be happier. Holds to the road way better, tracks a better line, and goes over the top of grooves in the road about twice as smooth. The twisties? Oh yea, mo betta!

I may be a bit new tire struck but I swear there is more torque to the ground as well, and more confidence with hard breaking.

It is alomost like having a new bike it rides so differently.

Next up is a suspension tune to my 205 Lbs.

I dig the [email protected]#$#T out of this bike.

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I got 7300 out of my stock dunnies... but the steel belt was showing through on the back one. I replaced with Pirelli Strada's. Love 'em! Bike handles so much better especially in the corners.
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Thanks for posting this info. Got just over 6000 miles on my V and am down to the wear bars too. Not going on any trips or high speed stuff soon so I'm going to try to milk them a bit more. I'm just commuting to work and riding around the city so I think I'll be OK. Will be very careful if it's wet out too. Over the winter I'll get some ideas of what tire I want and have them on there by spring.
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how are you guys getting such hi mileage out of your tires? I got 3300 on the stock rear before I hit the wear bars..
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tyre wear seems to depend on lots of things
depends on how smooth a rider you are, the smoother you are the better the tyre wear, the more ragged your acceleration, or deceleration the more tyre wear

I've heard ti said that more freeway/motorway miles can reduce the wear on a rear leading to it squaring off but I've not seen anything in print to confirm that.

for what its worth I'm 1.8m, 130Kg and like to run the throttle a bit (too) much, and I seem to be getting rear tyres to square off at around 6..6,500 Miles
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My Stockers were a bit squared off as well. I do back and forth to work (6 miles one way) and hit the canyons after work and on weekends. 3 to 1 most of my miles are from recreation rides. I do like to twist the throtle when the situation is right.

Other than that I couldn't tell how I got 6 grand out of the stock tires.

We'll see how the BT-016's do.

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Dunlop Roadsmart Motorcycle Tire

Any one have these on their bike? I am very interested in getting them soon.

Dunlop Roadsmart Motorcycle Tire

PS - i am also interested in the BT-016s so any comparison would be awesome too

Thanks!
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I replaced my stockers at 8000 miles. Rear was pretty squared off and front was pretty decent-till i rode 150 miles on tail of the dragon!! So much scrubbing it brought the front right down to the indicators!! Bought pirelli angel st's and I love em!! Its pretty nice to have a round tire again!LOL
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Any one have these on their bike? I am very interested in getting them soon.

Dunlop Roadsmart Motorcycle Tire

PS - i am also interested in the BT-016s so any comparison would be awesome too

Thanks!

Yep! Quite a few of us have then & love them...

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ght=roadsmarts

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ght=roadsmarts

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ght=roadsmarts

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I had to replace my original Rear tyre at around 6000km (3728 miles) due to too many punchers. I travel on country and mountain roads and on gravel roads in the back country. I am due to change the front tyre next week at 8230km. (5113 miles) its shagged.
I replace the rear tyre with the Continental Motion tyre and I must say the riding I do, the rear tyre has preform much better than the Dunlop sportsmax.
Better handling in the corners (faster ) and less wear after 2000km (1242 miles) than the Dunlops and no punchers. So a Conti-Motion is going on the front.

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Any one have these on their bike? I am very interested in getting them soon.

Dunlop Roadsmart Motorcycle Tire

PS - i am also interested in the BT-016s so any comparison would be awesome too

Thanks!
I got just under 5000 miles on the stock Dunlops and put on a set of Roadsmarts last weekend. I am not much for writing about tires, but I will say that I have not fallen because of lost traction this week - and it was very wet here.
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Any one have these on their bike? I am very interested in getting them soon.

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how are you guys getting such hi mileage out of your tires? I got 3300 on the stock rear before I hit the wear bars..
I just replaced the front at 11,500 miles and it wasn't quite to the wear indicators (the new roadsmart front feels much better though, turns in quicker).
The rear I replaced at about 8,000 miles but only because of a puncture. It still had meat on it, although it was squaring off badly.

What surfaces do you ride on?
Just intuitively I am guessing that gravel is more abrasive than concrete and concrete is more abrasive than asphalt.
I ride mostly asphalt 2 lane country highways so maybe that is why my tires last so long.

Also, are you Colin Edwards? That might explain the tire wear.
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I got just over 7200 miles on my stock dunlops still has decent tread but the back is squareing a bit (A pic. of the front and 2 of the back) mostly 2 lane country roads
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I decided on Bridgestones BT-016 front and back tires and as is always reported with new aftermarket tires a noticable difference was imediate. After a good but careful scrub-in to get the new tire muck off the top surface I can ride a bit more agressive to get a feel for them.

Great, excellent, couldn't be happier. Holds to the road way better, tracks a better line, and goes over the top of grooves in the road about twice as smooth. The twisties? Oh yea, mo betta!
I've been running Battlax in various compounds for years on my last bike (kawi zr7s) and love them! My last set was B-016 on the rear and something a little softer (B-003 or 006? can't remember) on the front. They have GREAT grip, decent mileage and are not too expensive. Plan on trying a set myself soon (probably before stock wear out!).

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i got the new roadsmarts and i love them..the bike rides a lot better too.
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scrubbing in? what is this and how should one do it correctly and safely?
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scrubbing in? what is this and how should one do it correctly and safely?
New tires can have residue on them from the manufacturing mold.

I think they also need to go through several rides' worth of heating and cooling cycles for the rubber to achieve maximum traction potential.
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The mold release comes right off with lacquer thinner on a rag.

Heat cycling causes tires to harden. Fresh scuffs are the softest and tackiest.

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I bought my V with 13000km on it (approx 8000 miles). The previous owner rode the bike about 80km a day to work and back so they were mostly highway miles. The back tire was definitely squared off.

I put Bridgestone BT-021's on front and back. Maybe not the performance of the BT-016's but I'm really liking them. Way smoother ride and great grip.
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