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High mileage tires???

Hi guys. I have been searching the threads for tires that are getting high mileage. And getting frustrated. Lots of "I like these" or not sticky enough

I will need new tires when the originals wear out, soon. I do not do track and do not ride overly aggressive. I am looking for a long mileage touring tire.

I found where someone got 16 k miles from a set of PR 2"s. Someone else did believe him as he only got 6,500 miles on his.

Is there anywhere on this site where I can see???
I put on new tires, took the original Dunlops off after 6,000 miles.

Same for other makes of tires????
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Mileage is going to vary from tire to tire and rider to rider. How much weight you've added to your bike, how much wind resistance your mass creates- it all comes into play. I got 6000 miles out of my OEM Dunlops on my V- But I was commuting with it 365 days a year- You may just be cruising on Sundays or going to get milk... If ever there was a better adage- "Your mileage may vary."

That said- I LOVE my new PR2's, which are amazing both wet and dry, and I hope they last a loooong time.


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If you want to go big the Tourance is great. I have 17k on the front and it looks new. If I hadn't killed the back I imagine it would have gone close to 20k. The first one had 8k on it when I had a razor blade go through it. It still looked great. The replacement now has 9k and looks almost new.
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Like goat12 said your "mileage may vary" Like gas mileage on the versy's if you baby them most will get 50mpg+ but if you really hotrod it all of them will drop into the 30's. Same with tires, i too have read 100's of tire reveiws and as you will see bikes that weight 200lbs more claim over 10,000 miles then someone with a lightweight bike gets only 3500 miles.

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Probably PR3s, but as was said before, ymmv.

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The Girl rides the Versys and 10K out of a BT-023 Rear/020 Front combo. I ride it and in 1,600 miles the front is to the cords with the rear at the wear bars.

Riding style is everything when it comes to tire wear.

Heavy or light bike, it doesn't matter as my VFR and Versys will roach a set of sport rubber in 1,600 miles no problem. What matters is how hard you corner.

The pic I posted above of the worn rear tire is a 1,650 mile S20 Bridgestone. A conservative rider could easily get well over 10K out of the same tire.

The new models of sport touring tires are all excellent performing and long wearing tires in contrast to what was available just a few years ago.

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Probably PR3s, but as was said before, ymmv.
The PR3's, Pilot road2's Pirelli angel GT's and Avon storm2's i think that's what i would narrow it down to when it comes time for me. If i was short on cash i might try those Shinko 009's.
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One could probably get more tire mileage with less horsepower. Lighter bike, less throttle-on wheel spin on the rear tire, etc.

Just gotta set your priorities...tire mileage vs. fun!

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Metzeler tourance and bridgestone battlewings. Doesnt come in stock standard size for the versys rear tyre though, but plenty of riders in my country used that and reported an average of 18k miles.

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Pilot Road 2's are a great tire. 8000 miles on a Triumph Tiger 1k and replaced. 3000 so far on the Versys and still look very good. Riding style, roads, type of riding, air pressure maintenance....ect. The 8000mi on the Tiger and 3000 on V is/was touring commuting and aggressive curves. The middle still wore out first on the rear. Great grip on those tires. Good combination of grip and longevity IMHO.

I may be a tire snob but when the they are in doubt they need to be replaced. Don't push your luck.

Tires are a lot cheaper then a low side or a high side.
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Shinko 009 rear at 7200 miles.. 30 mile commute has 3 turns..

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I'm running a Hiedenau Scout on the rear which looks pretty much new at 20000 km. My avon distanzia up front has a bit of scalloping at 15000 km, but is still fine.
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A dual-compound tire would seem to be the answer for the OP and for Craig too, by the looks of it.
PR2 (2CT), BT023, Angel, Storm2; pretty much any sport-touring tire would give good wear and decent performance wet or dry.
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Looks like we have the following
7,200 Shinko 009
8,000 PR2 on a Tiger
18,000 Tourance and Battelwind - non std size
10,000 BT 023
1,600 BT 023
9,000+ Tourance non std size
17,000+ Tourance Front non std size
6,000 OEM
More tire mileages to come I hope.

Looks like the Tourance Touring tire in a non standard size is winning out so far. Can you give me the non std size that you are using and fits the Versys???
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I'm realy hoping to get some high mileage out of the Roadsmarts I ordered from Motorcycle Superstore. They were $189.98 shipped for both front and rear. Will have them on tomorrow.

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You need to look at what kind of riding you are doing also. I love the Tourances but I'm not out dragging pegs. I wanted something that could handle gravel and dirt so the great milage was a bonus.

I have the 130/80 on front and 150/70 on back. You need to raise the front fender to run this set up.

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Thank you for the info on the Tourance, no problem raising the front fender.
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Stock tires lasted 5300 for me. The wearing course on the texas FM roads is very rough and usually in poor condition. I think that contributes to reduced tire life.

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