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I was crawling around installing my spiffy new Motorcycle Larry's rear "Tip-Over" bars (I know, I know.... rear crash bars come standard on Goldwings.....!) on my ST1300, when I spied what you see below on my rear Michelin Pilot Road 2 with 8,995 miles under its belts.......

Oh, no! Tire is trash! Unrideable! Wait a minute.... one bike, the KLR, sits in the laundry room waiting for a repaired camshaft cap...Unrideable! The ST1300 sits under my porch with a hole in the tire....Unrideable! Suddenly, unfathomably, I am motorcycleless in Ellensburg! Panic! Hallllpppp!

(On a serious note: I found this by accident. I knew the tires were getting there, but I wanted another 1000-2000 miles out of them. When am I gonna learn that what I want doesn't matter! This happened to me once before on our second Alaskan trip. I knew the rear on our '96 Aspie was getting thin, but I didn't want to pay Anchorage prices for new rubber....decided to ride it home. The morning after we finally got home, I went out and nearly died of a stuttering heart! There was an 1.25" strip of bare cord nearly all around the tire! The day before I had been doing eighty to eighty five on it, two-up.....dumb luck in action. Check your tires, people, every day......)
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holy moley

i cant speak for everyone i check my oil, tire psi, and tire condition at least once a week

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Those things do have a habit of showing up unexpectedly. I've replaced two pretty new E3s due to road damage. Just last week on a ride with some friends we discovered two cuts in his tires. One each in the front and back. The back one became a 1.5" flap by the time he got home. Last Saturday we changed them in my garage and got a better look. Good thing he had new tires on hand already, I wouldn't have wanted to ride around the block on those he had. While we were at it I discovered his rear caliper sleeve was just about completely frozen in place. So I cleaned up the sleeve and donated a spare pair of rear pads to his project. We sent him home with a much improved bike.

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I discovered his rear caliper sleeve was just about completely frozen in place. So I cleaned up the sleeve and donated a spare pair of rear pads to his project. We sent him home with a much improved bike.
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CJ, good to see you use *all* your tire

Is that the kind of mileage you typically get from the rear rubber on your ST?

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Ya know Mel, a shot from a hot glue gun and that little blemish will be filled right in.

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CJ, good to see you use *all* your tire

Is that the kind of mileage you typically get from the rear rubber on your ST?
Yeah, I'm afraid so... when I went from our totalled 1500 to the ST, I was kind of excited because the tires seemed a bit less expensive. But they are turning out to be more expensive because you go through more of them. I've got 16,700 miles on my bike; OEM tires lasted 7,800 or so, and now I need a new rear....but the front looks like it can go another 1-2K. An ST site I visit says 8k to 11K is about the most you can expect.... I do a lot of two-up with campgear on the bike, long and hot distances, so I guess 9K is about it.

This Michelin Pilot Road 2 on the bike is interesting: they handle beautifully, especially in the rain, and are of a "two composition" make up, harder in the middle and softer on the "cornering" sides..... if you look at the photo carefully, you can see the middle held up pretty good, but the sides are definitely hammered... gotta find me some straighter roads, I guess!

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Bought my wing with used tires and rode it some , now im on new but not long enough to see who the wear goes . However my V start has 12 K on the orginal tires and they still look very good .



Weight has to do with it , lack of HP in the V star too im sure but it amazes me how different makes of bike will either wear quick or last very well on the same brand of tire .
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Well, crud and double-crud......


this is crud....

(but notice how easy it is to get the rear wheel off....10 minutes max!



and this is double-crud.......



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Some chewing gum could plug that hole. Probably last another thousand miles.

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