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Offline GarySN

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Tyre wear - front vs rear
on: May 01, 2015, 07:58:00 AM
Hi there

I'm on the verge of completing 6000 miles on the CT, and reckon I have about 1000 miles to go before the rear needs replacing.  Thing is, I can't see the front lasting much longer than that either.  I had a similar problem with my previous bike, a Ducati Multistrada.  Before that, I had Honda VFRs, and consistently had the front last the life of two rears.

Would have liked to get through another Pirelli Scorpion Trail before switching to a pair of PR4 Trails.

Does anybody get away with only replacing the rear on a CT, or do you always buy in pairs?

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Re: Tyre wear - front vs rear
Reply #1 on: May 01, 2015, 08:13:58 AM
If you can afford it change both at the same time, unless the front really does have a lot of miles left on it. For me it would be peace of mind and not constantly worrying about the wear rate on the front, I have tried this route before and never felt comfortable afterwards. Just my 5 cents worth  :158:
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Re: Tyre wear - front vs rear
Reply #2 on: May 01, 2015, 08:37:11 AM
I was a bit shocked like you on the rate of tyre wear on the XT when i had to replace my tyres last weekend. Normally I could blow out 2 rears on my old Tiger 1050 before replacing front. I like you had to make the changes >6k! Not too happy about that, but I am not comparing like for like anymore.
The key thing is to remember to look after them, I made the mistake of falling into the trap of not keeping an eye on pressures on the XT. My dealer said it was a good idea to regularly check them to prolong the life. But the  XT is a BIG bike and plenty of weight too so under braking and what not there is plenty of load on the tyres.

Get yourself along to a local Michelin dealer they are doing a great deal at the mo ... takes a bit of the sting from having to replace both.
If its nearly on the way out you would be wise to change both tyres at the same time.

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Re: Tyre wear - front vs rear
Reply #3 on: May 01, 2015, 09:10:19 AM
My tyres (the Bridgestone Battle Wings) lasted about 6500 miles. The front had worn unevenly and the rear was a bit squared off but also turned out to have a large cut in the middle of the tread.

I replaced with PR4 Trails
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Re: Tyre wear - front vs rear
Reply #4 on: May 01, 2015, 03:23:41 PM
I had PR4's fitted from new as part of the deal, 4000 miles and still look good for another 2000 hopefully, I us these

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4-X-TYRE-PRESSURE-ALERT-MONITOR-VALVE-CAPS-CHANGES-COLOUR-WHEN-PRESSURE-IS-LOW-/251906644857?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3aa6ce5b79

So I can tell at a glance how much pressure is in the tyres, although I still check once a month with a electronic gauge and they are usually only 1-2psi down, and yes I hope to get 2 rears to 1 front, atm it looks like I will, but after Scotland end of May I may need to replace both  :164:
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Re: Tyre wear - front vs rear
Reply #5 on: May 01, 2015, 04:10:08 PM
Thanks for all the responses.  Looks like I'll be fitting a set of PR4 Trails before too long...  :001:

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Re: Tyre wear - front vs rear
Reply #6 on: May 01, 2015, 05:34:19 PM
Well my 1000 miles in Scotland pretty much ended the life of my Tyres hence the change along with suspension fettling


*Originally Posted by pistolpete [+]
I had PR4's fitted from new as part of the deal, 4000 miles and still look good for another 2000 hopefully, I us these

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4-X-TYRE-PRESSURE-ALERT-MONITOR-VALVE-CAPS-CHANGES-COLOUR-WHEN-PRESSURE-IS-LOW-/251906644857?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3aa6ce5b79

So I can tell at a glance how much pressure is in the tyres, although I still check once a month with a electronic gauge and they are usually only 1-2psi down, and yes I hope to get 2 rears to 1 front, atm it looks like I will, but after Scotland end of May I may need to replace both  :164:

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Re: Tyre wear - front vs rear
Reply #7 on: May 03, 2015, 12:10:30 AM
I am on my second front and third rear tyre. Have changed to Continental trail attack 2's with 170/60R17 on the back. The front Scorpion had cut out the sides while only half worn in the middle. The bike has done a bit over 21,000km.  :002: