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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old Apr 26th, 2010, 6:52 pm Thread Starter
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Expected Tire Mileage For GT/RS

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What is the general expected mileage for these bikes. I change the front every 5000-6000 miles running Michelin Pilots. The last 2 started forming a visible ridge down the center. Strange, as I rarely run on Interstates and try to use secondary roads even when traveling. Has anyone else had this experience?

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I get about 10k with Pilot Roads or Z6's. Sportier tires like the M3's are good for about 6k for me. As for the ridge, can't say. Might have the folks you bought the tires from take a look at it (or send them pics)



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Just picked up A 2004 k1200gt with 5000 miles and there is that same center ridge on the front tire.
It is the original stock Metzeler tire.
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Pilot....Road/Road 2/ Power, etc? Each is different construction. I get 7-8k on Pilot Road tires on my RS. Pretty even wear with probably even split between twisty and non-twisty routes. Pilot Power gives about 5K, Bridgestone 010 f 020 r combo gives me pretty close to 8k consistently. Have run through 18 sets on this bike, PM me if you want a spreadsheet summary....

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Thanks for the replies, after reading thru some similar threads here it seems like the 5-6000 range is about right. I've kept replacements to the same Michelin Pilot Road tires that it came with, and after speaking to other riders some have reported the same ridge. I'm a bit fanatical about checking tire pressure so it isn't that. I guess it's just the way they wear.

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Thanks for the replies, after reading thru some similar threads here it seems like the 5-6000 range is about right. I've kept replacements to the same Michelin Pilot Road tires that it came with, and after speaking to other riders some have reported the same ridge. I'm a bit fanatical about checking tire pressure so it isn't that. I guess it's just the way they wear.

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My Pilot Roads did that too, I put it down to riding in very hot weather/bad pavement with lots of camping gear on the bike. About the same milleage too when they developped the "Ridge".....makes for leaning over in curves somewhat interesting when you hit the "Ridge"....just have to keep leaning.

But what gets me is that BMW does not recommend a different tire pressure between a loaded vs an unloaded bike. I had other BMWs, and they always did before by a couple PSI. That could make all the difference to avoid developping a ridge.....

But I am switching to PR2s soon, looks like they will do better.

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Yeah the ridge gets exciting after awhile doesn't it? I was thinking it might be weight related as well but I just don't really know, I just change them out when things get too exciting. I do like the way the michs respond wet or dry though. Let us know how you like the new ones.


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Curious - Ridge?

Just curious what you are seeing as a ridge. Do you have a narrow band of rubber that is not as well worn that remains in the center and the tread just off center gets well worn? If so, I would assume this is similar to what I experience. But, my 'ridge' might be wider. I travel very tight twisties and get pretty much all the way over, but the most worn section is an area about 1/5" wide that begins about 1/4" from the very edge. I do scuff all the way to the edge, but don't get there as often as I would on a track....not polite open road riding. So, my 'ridge' is around 2" wide in the center of the front on Pilot Road tires.....worn, but not as worn as the areas off that center. And for sure it gets interesting dropping off that edge of less worn tread to the heavily worn area as I approach the end of the tread life.

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am i doing something wrong?

i always get around 18k miles on tires. and yes, my rear flattens with a chicken strip, but in dry weather that means more rubber on the road. my mileage results have been similar with z4, z6, pirelli and pilot roads.
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Just finishing up a set of Pilot Roads this month, 11K on them. Mostly commuting

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