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Tire mileage replacement thread

Post your achieved mileage and impressions with tires here when you replace them.
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Pirelli Scorpion (rear) 160/60-17

Pirelli Scorpion (rear) 160/60-17 10,700 km/6428 miles

- down to belts (showing through rubber), heavily flat spotted in center, 10,700 km/6428 miles

- seat of the pants impression is the new Michelin PR3 feels a lot more stable and planted in corners however it is possible this is the result of the flat spotting on previous Scorpion tire compared to round profile on new tire effecting my impression.

- these seemed to grip dirt roads (when new) better than any other tire I've used however as tread wears away, especially on front, they offer less traction off pavement. 98% of use was on pavement.

- does not feel as connected on pavement as previous PR2's or possibly new PR3's (too early to make this judgement as just installed)

- seems to flat spot more easily on rear than previous PR2's perhaps due to lack of dual compound design

- not terrible but over all disappointed in performance, will not be purchasing again.
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Gone thru several sets of these in the stock sizes. Worked great IMHO, and I got around 10,000 miles from the rear, around 12,000+ from the front.

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Metzeler Z8 Interact:
1st rear ~12k miles
Current rear is at 11k miles and might be good for another thousand.
1st front: 21k miles.

Angel GT will be going on the back soon.
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Cont-Motions. I ride about 10K miles a year, and put a new set on every spring. For the money and my riding style, I think they are a great all-around tire. Good in the wet and in the dry and are sporty enough for me. Plenty of cornering ability, with a firm turn-in, and are very stable. I think they are the perfect tire for where and how I ride.
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Dunlop Sportmax. Rear 5100 miles and the centre had worn away and they went square very quickly. The fronts were low enough to warrant them being changed as well.

I was never inspired by these tyres, especially in the wet.
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Approx 12,000km on a set of Scorpion Trails.

These were better than the stockers, but I just mounted a set of Michelin PR3's and the difference was quite shocking. The PR3's make a significant change to the handling of the bike - the straight line tracking is very solid (bars are much stiffer), and cornering confidence has boosted considerably only after a few rides. Ripples and tire snakes are now barely noticeable, quiet, smooth. All the reviews I read turned out to be quite accurate. I am VERY impressed and pleased with the purchase.


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While the Versys manual recommends 32 front and 36 rear psi for tires. I notice some tire manufactures are now recommending bike model specific pressures on their sites for their tires. For instance Michelin recommends 2.25 bar front and 2.5 bar rear for the PR3 which translates to 32.5/36 while Bridgestone recommends a slightly higher pressure for their new T30.
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Front: Pirelli scorpion A/T 110-90-17 35000 km and is half life
Rear: Pirelli MT 60 140-80-17 21000 km, it's my third tire of these same.

Good grip on pavement and off road.






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Rear tire: Avon Storm2. 11800 km with maybe 1000 km to go before wear bars appear.

This is the second time I have used this tire> first was the original Storm on a Concours with similar wear but less km due to heavier bike.

Like the original, this is a very good dual compound sport-touring tire with great wet roads handling but there is one large complaint: noise. When I first put it on the V it was more noisy than the one on Concours, probably due to saddle bags and deep valance of Conc fender masking the noise. It whined and howled to the point of distraction on my V. My notes indicate it was still noisy at 2600 km but after that the noise slowly disappeared.

Great wear and handling but can't handle the noise. I'll stick with Michelin PR2's. My front PR2 may not last as long as it should> see my thread about reversed wheel!
I'm about 195 lb in full gear, occasionally travel with maybe 40 lb additional luggage etc. ( i think weight is a useful factor for determining tire life)
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The Michelin PR3's transform the bike. Amazing. Fantastic on the wet like nothing else I have tried.


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mine so far 2007 versys

FR tire depth
Pilot Road 4mm 2958km/mm
Pirelli MT60 5mm 2500km/mm
Sportmax 6.5mm 1953 km/mm

Rr tire
Pilot Road 7mm 1442 km/mm
Pirelli MT60 6mm 545 km/mm
Sportmax 9mm 1057km/mm
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FR tire depth
Pilot Road 4mm 2958km/mm
Pirelli MT60 5mm 2500km/mm
Sportmax 6.5mm 1953 km/mm

Rr tire
Pilot Road 7mm 1442 km/mm
Pirelli MT60 6mm 545 km/mm
Sportmax 9mm 1057km/mm
Where do you measure tread depth, as the depth does vary (deeper toward the edge on most tires)?
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Front: Pirelli scorpion A/T 110-90-17 35000 km and is half life
Rear: Pirelli MT 60 140-80-17 21000 km, it's my third tire of these same.
Just curious if anyone else has fitted a 140/80-17 on a 4.5" rear wheel.
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I measure right in the centre of the tire where the most wear occurs, since this is what dictates to me that replacement is required. I have never worn out the side of a tire ever...lol
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Original Dunlops just replaced with 6000 miles. I mounted a set of BT023 and I'm loving them.


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OEM rear after 8200km replaced with a PR2



OEM front after 11000km replaced with a PR2



5000km later on the rear and 2000km on the front still looking good
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That OEM rear is roasted!!!

When I picked up my bike 5k ago it had bt-023's. I am not all that impressed coming off of PR2's on my SV650. I will be slapping on a set of PR3's for the winter here in the next month of two.

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Just replaced my original BT-023's with 7300 miles on them.

Spooned on a new set on ContiMotions.

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Metzeler Z8 Interact:
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1st front: 21k miles.

Angel GT will be going on the back soon.
Just replaced the second Metzeler Z8 front after about 16k miles. Not sure why the big tire life discrepancy from the 1st one. I think it saw a little more fun riding, and more dirt/gravel than the previous one.

Angel GT on the back looks better than any rear tire with 9k miles has a right to. Yeah it's squared off a bit, but it has a lot of life left. Probably the best tire I've used for my mostly freeway riding.
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