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How much more would you use these tires?

I'm a terrible judge of tire wear so I would like to hear some opinions.
I've already ordered new set of tires but until then what would you say about these:

They are stock tires from '07. model with 10,000km on them. I started loosing confidence in them and want something for rougher terrain.


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i quite suprised with the tread left on your rears, they were stock dunlops i presume, my rears were done at 8000km and have just done my front at 13000km, had worn out one side of the fronts. i not a good judge of tires and rely on my the experts but that front looks sad
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The front is shot, the rear is almost shot. Change them. You could probably get another 500 miles out of the front, but I wouldn't ride it in the rain with that tread so thin personally.
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I agree that the front is done.

The rear is not quite down to the wear bars, but it is not worth pushing that one another 1000 miles if you are going to change the front anyway.

Just change both and enjoy the feeling of fresh rubber all around.
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I will say, when you change tires, assuming you pick a quality tire, the transformation of the bike is amazing. The stock tires are crap and you will realize how bad they are when you put modern rubber on the bike, (yes the stock Dunslops are far from modern, they were modern 10 years ago)
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I try to get as many miles as possible from my tires. They're so expensive and the tread just isn't very deep on decent street tires. And to get only 5k miles or so from a set is just a crock! So I wear them down to the cords if possible! But if you're leaving on a trip you just can't do that. Bummer!

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I get about 8000 out of a rear Strada and I hear the Road II's are putting down 10k on FJR and C14s so those are next for me. I install my own tires, so a set of really good rubber will run me about $200 to $225 shipped to my door. In fact, I just replaced my front Strada and it cost me about $110.

I will not ride on bald tires, let alone in the rain. The risk just isn't worth the savings IMHO.
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Excessively worn tires are more susceptible to penetrations. Always remove tires from service before they reach the tread wear indicator bars (1/32 of an inch tread pattern depth remaining). Worn/unworn tire combinations and worn tires used in wet conditions can result in deteriorated handling.

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I've already ordered new set of tires but until then what would you say about these:
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What tires did you order? I am going with a set of Tourances once these OEM Dunlops are finished. Good job wearing those puppies out, the wear looks pretty good in regards to evenness.

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just replaced my front after 13000km with a pirelli strada, and the back at 8000km, how many kms does anyone no what you get out of these tires?
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Have not tried Stradas on my Versys but on my CBR and SV650S they seem to last about 6000 to 7000 miles.

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Cheers for input fellas.

I'm replacing them with Dunlop RoadSmarts. I chickened out on Tourances and all rear-to-front business. Mainly because of the price and availability. Maybe on the next change...
It came down to Pirelli Scorpion Syncs and RoadSmarts but I found a better price for the latter.

Interesting thing was when I bought the bike tires looked pristine with 6,500km on them. Previous owner kept the bike really clean, and no one believed me it was a used bike when I bought it.
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I got 8k out of my rear Strada, 10k on the front. They both had life on them, but since I use the bike mostly for commuting, which is generally flat, they started to square off and cup pretty bad, which made the ride uncomfortable, so I swapped them out for fresh ones.
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I got 8k out of my rear Strada, 10k on the front. They both had life on them, but since I use the bike mostly for commuting, which is generally flat, they started to square off and cup pretty bad, which made the ride uncomfortable, so I swapped them out for fresh ones.
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Change them unless you have real good health care coverage. If you only realized how little rubber touches the road on a bike. Not something you want to be "frugal" about.

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As you said it, confidence is what makes you how you ride your iron horse.
Cheers on the new tyres. Ride safe, Ivan V.

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I'm a terrible judge of tire wear so I would like to hear some opinions.
I've already ordered new set of tires but until then what would you say about these:

They are stock tires from '07. model with 10,000km on them. I started loosing confidence in them and want something for rougher terrain.


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Rear:




Cheers.
i would not keep them more than 2k km.i am curious how much did you pay for the new set? here in greece its a trend to buy tires from uk,its cheaper....
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There's no need to guess, wear indicators are there for your benefit.
The front is done.
The rear could tolerate probably another 1000 miles (really depends on the pressures you run).

I get new tires when the center wear indicators meet the top of the tread. Usually on the street you could push them another 1000 miles before the cords show. But my luck, that would happen in the middle of nowhere, hundreds of miles from a shop.
WTF am I talking about. THAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME!!!!!!



I always change them by a full set. The two rear to one front has never worked for me. And consider this. The front and rear both experience the same number of heat cycles.

So get a new set on that bike and have fun!
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yup new tire time for sure!
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