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Dec 1st, 2006 10:49 pm
Razel My 12k on the Strada's included the almost-1-week visit in Texas this year, so can't say if that was really a factor or not. 90+? I'm generally misbehaving at 80 (actooly, 79.2 to stay under the radar), but it's mostly commuting on the freeway. 'Bout every other weekend I'll go try and straighten some roads, but that's basically two days a month.



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Dec 1st, 2006 12:19 pm
ELP_JC Man, I just can't believe you're getting over 10K out of sport-touring tires. Does riding at 90+ mph on the highway is really that bad on tires??
And as a comment, you guys mention the THCR as being bad on tires. Well, it looked pretty smooth to me, so you can imagine the kind of roads I frequently travel over in NM and west TX. Good day.
Nov 30th, 2006 1:37 pm
Razel With the Z6's, I was constantly surprised that I missed the "worn-out" point. The wear bars disappeared so fast I forgot about the ones near the middle when the tire was nearing the end of it's life. Got 10k. The Strada's were recommended by the Pirelli guy at the Atlanta Motorcycle show as being basically the same tire, same production line as the Z6. The first ones I wore out with the THCR, so I was watching for the wear bars when the odo hit 10k on these. Flush with the remaining rubber near the middle at 12K so I got new ones. Rear got a nail in it (tread and sidewall) at 850 miles. The Z6 I had removed prior to THCR with some wear left on it gave up with about 11k miles total. Little bit of tread near the center, but just off center the sipes were gone...time for a new one. Got a Strada for the rear and put it on. Still going strong.


Short version: Only one Strara to compare, got 12k on it. Like them as much as the Z6, more mileage.



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Nov 30th, 2006 12:53 pm
ELP_JC I think road surface is the #1 factor in reduced tire mileage, and speed a close 2nd.
I never accelerate hard, and am sliky smooth with gear changes, but ride fast and in abrasive asphalt.
Got 4.5K out of the stock D220s (awful), and 5K out of the Conti Road Attacks, but with about 500 left before the wear bars. So far I have 3K on the Stradas, and at this point it looks like they should break the 6K mark. If that's the case, they're a keeper, since they feel just as good as the awesome R/As. The problem with the Stradas is the same problem with the Z6s, that they don't have wear indicators anywhere near the center of the tire. Many folks never reached the wear bars when the cords were showing. We'll see what happens with the Stradas. Hey Razel, can you tell us your experience with your Stradas going out?
Nov 28th, 2006 1:13 am
milkman IMHBCO, smooth shifting...up and down...makes a significant difference in mileage....next would be average road condition
Nov 28th, 2006 12:19 am
Razel How to get that kind of mileage? Dunno...other than I keep the tire pressure 38F/42R.



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Nov 27th, 2006 8:24 pm
hans471
Tire life

Wow...the mileage some of you are getting! I consider myself easy on the bike and I replaced the OEM K12GT tires at the 6,000 mile service. I did put the Metzler "Z6" on this time instead of the "Z4's" that came stock. Most riding is two up and speeds in the "moderate" range. (60-80 range....on a closed course, with a professional driver...etc. etc.)

How can I get 12,000 - 15,000 miles on a set of tires?

I have been getting my tires from Sporttour.com They are a few minutes away, really nice people, and have always given me great service. They are real biker owners/riders and treat their customers with respect. Also, they now mount the tires dirt cheap.

Hans
Nov 27th, 2006 6:47 pm
Razel
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Originally Posted by Skip_Lynch
Hey guys, great post. I was recommended by the dealer in my area that I needed a new rear tire. They quoted me $225.00 for a Metzler just like the one on it. Now I see the website for Southwest Moto and don't have any idea which brand would suit me the best. I live in North Georgia and I love the curves, but do most of my riding via commute to Atlanta. Recommendations would be greatly appreciated. BTW I have a Metzler Roadtec Z6, 180/55 ZR17 on the rear now. Second question, should I replace both tires? The front has plenty of tread at this point.
Longest-lasting tire I've had are the Pirelli Diablo Strada's. Just barely edged out the Z6, and not by much, maybe 1500 miles. Not enough to really make a difference.



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Nov 27th, 2006 4:37 pm
Skip_Lynch
Which brand of tire should I buy?

Hey guys, great post. I was recommended by the dealer in my area that I needed a new rear tire. They quoted me $225.00 for a Metzler just like the one on it. Now I see the website for Southwest Moto and don't have any idea which brand would suit me the best. I live in North Georgia and I love the curves, but do most of my riding via commute to Atlanta. Recommendations would be greatly appreciated. BTW I have a Metzler Roadtec Z6, 180/55 ZR17 on the rear now. Second question, should I replace both tires? The front has plenty of tread at this point.
Nov 27th, 2006 1:50 am
drex interesting thread. was thinking about investing in a tire machine between friends (about $1800) for a 'full' motorcycle specific automatic machine.. have the harbor freight but its a POS and its easy to scratch my rims (did that on my R11S)..

if ten people got together.. its well worth the investment.. can mount/change tires 24/7... lots of advantages with convienience (transporting bike/tire/etc)....

have a problem paying retailish + install fee each time.. its not that's its expensive, its more of a hassle...
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