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07-09-2014, 11:22 PM,
#1
going to the darkside
I have a 2003 v star 1100 Classic and I am running a 170/85-15 mc tire. I am tired of buying new tires every 4-8000 miles. what size car tire will fit my bike (rear tire)?
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07-10-2014, 01:05 AM,
#2
RE: going to the darkside
You must be using dunlop. Switch to some other high brand. I was sick of same but now on Kenda. So far 2k on it and it's still looks brand new.
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07-10-2014, 10:35 AM, (This post was last modified: 07-10-2014, 10:35 AM by indie_rocker.)
#3
RE: going to the darkside
I have about 4k on my Kendas and they are barely worn. I'm more than impressed with them.
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07-10-2014, 01:37 PM,
#4
RE: going to the darkside
the last two have been Kenda
(07-10-2014, 01:05 AM)zag Wrote: You must be using dunlop. Switch to some other high brand. I was sick of same but now on Kenda. So far 2k on it and it's still looks brand new.
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07-10-2014, 01:48 PM,
#5
RE: going to the darkside
go to metzeler 880 bit pricier but last way longer.
2006 VStar Stratoliner, Freedom Performance split dual exhaust, Mustang seats, Sissy bar with back rack, bolted saddlebags to mounts.
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07-10-2014, 03:21 PM,
#6
RE: going to the darkside
Don't overlook riding style, too. You don't have to be doing burn outs to adversely affect tire wear. Jackrabbit stops and starts eat tires like candy...even when you aren't accelerating or braking hard enough to hear them squeal.

I used to hang out with this guy who was an owner-operator (tractor-trailer). He worked hauling concrete pipe from the plant to local construction sites mostly in the local area. He said when he went from over-the-road to local hauling he was appalled at how often he had to buy tires until he finally got smart and started really watching how much throttle he was using. He said when he realized that he could only make a certain number of runs a day, and his time was really eaten up by loading and unloading so saving a few seconds in transit wasn't helping, he started consciously making the effort to accelerate and brake as gently as possible and more than doubled his tire life.

John
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07-10-2014, 03:29 PM,
#7
RE: going to the darkside
http://mcdarksiders.forumotion.com/f9-yamaha

A place to start. I would love to try it, but I'd hate to spend the money and find out it was a bad idea.

Good Luck!
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07-10-2014, 03:39 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-10-2014, 03:42 PM by commonground.)
#8
RE: going to the darkside
As @OldePhart said, your riding style could be your worst enemy.

My daughter had a Grand Am with front wheel drive and it was eating front tires. I asked her about her driving habits and she said that she never did "break em lose" but, she didn't realize how much rubber she was leaving behind. Her style of driving was very aggressive and that was what caused the high wear.

I'm going to have to replace my back tire in another couple thousand miles (around 10,000). I know that part of the wear is from the emergency stopping practice that I do and a lot from riding on the tar and chip back roads here (very rough surface). Undecided

PS There's a reason they call it the 'dark side'. Car tires are not designed like motorcycle tires.
Never tell someone more than they are willing to hear.
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07-10-2014, 04:24 PM,
#9
RE: going to the darkside
4-8k on Kendas ..ouch. I gave a no slap guarantee to RCOM for no bald upto 10k... He must start running now. :D
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07-10-2014, 09:19 PM,
#10
RE: going to the darkside
(07-10-2014, 03:39 PM)commonground Wrote: a lot from riding on the tar and chip back roads here (very rough surface). Undecided
Hell on tires!!! We call it chip seal here.
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07-11-2014, 10:03 PM,
#11
going to the darkside
Riding Meztler 888 on front and rear. Can't say enough about them. Only about 2k miles on them and going strong.
2007 v star 650 Classic, raven with ghost flames
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07-12-2014, 06:59 PM,
#12
Re: RE: going to the darkside
(07-10-2014, 09:19 PM)Elk Wrote:
(07-10-2014, 03:39 PM)commonground Wrote: a lot from riding on the tar and chip back roads here (very rough surface). Undecided
Hell on tires!!! We call it chip seal here.
You guys have a special name for them!? We just call em roads here in Michigan... :-/
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