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Man, you guys push tires way past the wear markers. I could probably double the miles I get on a tire with that method.

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Man, you guys push tires way past the wear markers. I could probably double the miles I get on a tire with that method.
The wear bars are about level with the tread on a motorcycle tire when new.

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That tire looks about like what I ran my 1500s with E3s.

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Well worn Michelin Pilot GT from my old '96 GL1500 -- About 18,000 miles

just me. i would have changed that tire 5000 miles before.

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just me. i would have changed that tire 5000 miles before.

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it still has 500 miles left in it
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Actually -- it was a mistake...it had tread when I left for a trip....
When I got back some 3000 miles later it was all gone... ??
I don't usually go this far into a tire..but circumstances required it....
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You are pretty lucky. This is what my Bridgestone looked like after 15,000 miles. Should have been replaced about 3,000 miles sooner. The night before I finally noticed this issue I was going 75-80 riding 2 up on a wet road. The only thing I noticed was a low speed wobble and it wasn't handling as well as I thought it should but figured it was likely the fact I was riding 2 up, with a trailer on the blue ridge parkway.


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I have just completed a trip on Metzeler's new tires. The ME888 Ultra Marathon. In the wet, of which I had two days worth, they were fantastic. In the dry,fantastic! In the corners, double fantastic, very sticky! My last set of Dunlop's, the ones that came on the bike, were changed at 16,300 k.m.'s. The front was worn, to the wear bars, and the rear had about 25% left. I put a new set on. Seems to be the same pattern with this set as well. I'd say they are about 50% worn, front and rear. I really put them through their paces though. Rode an abundance of really twisty roads, at higher speeds, in very hot temperatures. Had no issues dragging the pegs at will. Tried raising rear preload, to no avail. I see that I'm not even close to the edge of the tread front or back. Will I buy another set? I'd say yes! Unless, I could try a set of the new Dunlop's for less money.
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While I like the design of the E3's, they do sing. I don't understand why I get the whole left side cupping before the right. I am on my 2nd front E3 that I put on. Does not include the one the PO had on. I put one on this past April. I can already see the left side beginning to cup. I went 2 years with my front, until it cupped down far enough to become smooth with the groove in many spots. While the remainder of the tire was still good to go for quite awhile. Kinda ticked me off.
I have balance beads. Run the tire at around 40-44 psi. This spring, when the tire was put on, the shop checked the forks to make sure they were good. He only 'adjusted' them to remove some slop that was causing the occasional wobble that would occur at intermittent times. I don't remember what exactly it was that was adjusted, but he is very well respected within the local GWRRA group. So I have no reason to believe he is making stuff up. I was hoping that, and the replacement of the blown out seals would have helped alleviate that condition. Apparently not.
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While I like the design of the E3's, they do sing. I don't understand why I get the whole left side cupping before the right. I am on my 2nd front E3 that I put on. Does not include the one the PO had on. I put one on this past April. I can already see the left side beginning to cup. I went 2 years with my front, until it cupped down far enough to become smooth with the groove in many spots. While the remainder of the tire was still good to go for quite awhile. Kinda ticked me off.
I have balance beads. Run the tire at around 40-44 psi. This spring, when the tire was put on, the shop checked the forks to make sure they were good. He only 'adjusted' them to remove some slop that was causing the occasional wobble that would occur at intermittent times. I don't remember what exactly it was that was adjusted, but he is very well respected within the local GWRRA group. So I have no reason to believe he is making stuff up. I was hoping that, and the replacement of the blown out seals would have helped alleviate that condition. Apparently not.
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I wonder if it is a "wing thing?" I just returned from a 3500 mile trip, Colorado to Cali and back. When I started I had 3/16" of even tread on the front E3 which had 8000 miles on it. I did the math and figured it would be fine for my trip even though I had a new E4 sitting in the garage and had just replaced the rear with a new E4.

The first day out I had a 4-5 hour side wind leaning to the left in Wyoming. The next morning I checked tire pressure and tires as I always do in West Wendover, NV. The cupping had begun. By the time I reached Cali I decided that though the middle and right side of the tire would make it back to Colorado, the left side was close too the wear bars. So, with a new E4 sitting in my garage, I still had to find a shop to put a new tire on the front for me in Cali.

You can see my review of the front E4 posted at http://www.goldwingowners.com/forums...may-1st-4.html
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