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How are you getting so many miles out of your tires!?

Discussion in 'R1200RS Tyres/Tires' started by Dejocko, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. Dejocko

    Dejocko Member

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    I got 5300 miles out of my OEM Z8 before I had a blowout due to it wearing down all the way to the belt...

    http://r1200rsforums.com/threads/newbie-rider-tire-question-small-holes-oem-z8-interact.3706/


    and I'm about to change my Pirelli Angel GT A specs at 4500 miles, I ended up on some pretty rough roads on a a trip through Arkansas and was incredibly aggressive on all the the roads that were smoothe and twisty.

    I'm thinking of switching to PR 4 GT for the fall/winter and the chance it might rain while doing Moto escort for the Iron Man World championships.

    But good grief I see y'all going 8k-12k miles on a set and I'm stunned.

    I know I'm a bigger guy at 230lbs but I can't imagine that having such a huge impact on mileage.

    I can definitely be greedy with the throttle but I'm meticulous about my air pressure.
     
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  2. wessie

    wessie Well-Known Member

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    So many variables - I am at 6000 miles and my Z8 are nearly down to the central wear bars. I will need to at least change the rear before winter.
    I do not do many motorway miles at home but a lot of my trip to the South of France at Easter was on autoroute or route nationale, so not many corners.
    At home, only main roads are smooth asphalt. Most rural roads are resurfaced with granite chip rolled into wet tar. This type of surface is very abrasive and in my experience, sports touring tyres rarely last much more than 6000 miles on large capacity bikes with lots of torque.
    I'll be looking at the price of Z8 as I like them and comparing with Avon Storm 2 Ultra which were excellent on my Yamaha MT09 Tracer (FJ09) and 30% cheaper than PR4 in the UK.
     
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    Grumpy Goat Well-Known Member Contributor

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    You will see improved mileage when you make this switch.
     
  4. lars Ormvold

    lars Ormvold Active Member

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    As Grumpy says, PR4GT will get you further. My bike was delivered with Z8, after 3000 km changed the rear due to puncture, after another 5000 km changed front and rear. At 8000km changed to PR4GT, and changed to a new set of PR4GT again at approx. 20000km. Now at 29000 km and they are still decent to ride with, will change to a new set of PR4GT (again . . . ) next spring.
     
  5. Richard230

    Richard230 Well-Known Member Contributor

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    My original Z8 tires wore very evenly, with no cupping. I changed the front at 8,500 miles and the rear at 10,000 miles. Neither tire had hit the wear bars yet. Right now I have a Bridgestone BT-023 on the rear and it seems to be wearing about twice as fast as the Z8's.
     
  6. Dejocko

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    I really enjoy the handling of the Angel GT quite a bit though, do you feel good about the "sporty" side of the PR4 GT or do you feel like it's lacking any in turn in/agility?
     
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    I had PR4's mounted from the factory. Replaced both at 6,700 miles as the rear was at the wear indicator and I was leaving for a 3000 mile trip. Front had some life left, but no where near 2 to 1.

    I replaced with the Angel GT's (non a-spec) and currently have about 4,000 miles on them. By the looks of it, they will most certainly out last the PR4's, but time will tell. They are both wearing evening with no cupping, unlike the PR4's. They also handle MUCH better than the PR4's.

    As I said, I'm optimistic that I will see better mileage life, but if I don't, I'm pretty sure I'll be putting Angel's back on due to the handling alone!!
     
  8. JWMcDonald

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    What prompted your change to the Bridgestone ?
     
  9. ray2

    ray2 Well-Known Member Contributor

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    How are you getting so many miles out of your tires!?

    We're not. I think 5500-7000 miles is usually the range for sport touring tires on the forum, before replacement. But remember the average age on this forum as well.


    Mileage usually correlates well with how active one keeps their right wrist....
    Since you're about half the age of the guys getting the big mileage, I would guess your youthful exuberance and related throttle and braking activity should wear out your tires at
    about half the mileage as us old farts.


     
  10. JWMcDonald

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    2016 R1200RS came stock with Michelin PR4 - I was pleasantly surprised with 8,700 mile life (still shy of the wear bars). There were no chicken strips left on the rear, and my mechanic complained that I was "hard on tires" - had very slight feathering on the front from braking. Otherwise wear was smooth and consistent across both front and rear tires.

    I had previously run Bridgestone Battleax on my prior 2003 R1150RS, and just over 6,000 on the rear would have me to the cord. That's on a bike with less power to the ground, and run in the same "sporty" style as I've run the R1200RS.
     
  11. Daboo

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    I got only 6000 miles on the Metzeler Roadtec 01 tires in June. I'm used to seeing around 12,000 miles on my F800GT. So that astounded me. Since I didn't change, and that's supposed to be a long wearing tire, I can only assume it was the road surface that made the difference. In the Puget Sound region, they use a lot of concrete with round rocks embedded in it. Otherwise, smooth asphalt. Where I was riding at in June, was on hot chip seal roads. It ate them up.

    FWIW, I installed Dunlop Roadsmart IIIs. After 2700 miles, they show no wear, or so little it isn't noticeable. I'd consider them as well as the PR4.

    As someone pointed out, the smoother you ride, the more mileage you'll get on your tires. If you're hard on the throttle and brakes, it'll also eat up the tires as they squirm on those roads.

    Chris
     
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    Did 6000 miles in 2 weeks on brand new Roadsmart II. Sidewall cracked a bit but it looks like it still has 500-1000 miles left. Kept air pressure at factory specs.
     
  13. roger coleman

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    Ive just changed to R01's after getting 9500 from the OEM Metzlers. Im 73, so do not go ragging it everywhere, mainly because I dont have the skills to be able to do that, I wish I did.
    So there are some advantages to being old and decrepit.
    But I would love to be able to only get 4500 miles due to the use of the full performance spectrum of this bike.
     
  14. Bub

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    I'm nearing 7k miles on my RS 3's and am thinking I'll get another couple thousand out of them. They still look pretty good and have about 2mm front and rear to the wear bars. I don't think I've ever gotten past 8k miles before, very happy with them.
     
  15. Bazza Beemer

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    13000kms on my factory PR4 and I think another 2-3000 will see them done. I don't know about spirited riding but I make it my thing to take her to over 200k each time I go solo. I am 63.
     
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  16. Richard230

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    I had bought the Birdstone on sale (naturally) for my 2002 FZ1, but when my RS needed new tires before the FZ, I dragged it out of my tire storage closet and installed it on the RS so that I would have enough tread to get to a rally in Oregon. Next time I will give the RS3 a try, unless the RS4 has hit the market, rendering the RS3 obsolete and completely useless. :rolleyes:
     
  17. Brian63

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    Hi all
    Get 6.5k miles on pr2 3 k of which is touring Europe 2 up I'm not so old and make progress officer lol oh my bike is coming up to 18k
    Brian
     
  18. Jim Evans

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    I think it's the roads. We have terrible bumpy broken surfaces, and I get lousy tire mileage. Sure I wind it on a bit, but doesn't everyone with an RS? It's hard not to!
     
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    Original set of Metzeler Sportec M3 changed at 6,354 miles due to (a) some squaring off at rear and (b) an imminent trip to Europe.

    Second set of Metzeler Roadtec 01 tyres fitted, but rear punctured recently at 11,085 miles, so only got 4,700 miles (75%) out of it. I'll probably change the front soon for the new 01 that is lying in my garage, as I'll be heading to Germany again in September where a mix of autobahn and twisties awaits. So I might as well get the best out of the tyre set.

    Looks like an annual event.
     
  20. Bravo

    Bravo Plenty in the tank. Contributor

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    Just over 4500 on me pr4's
     

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