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Offline Matt

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Front tire wear?
« on: March 28, 2018, 01:05:11 am »
Is it normal for these bikes to go thru a front tire faster than a rear?  My 2014 with 4800 on the stock tires (bt-21) ran the front down to the cord while rear still had tread.  Mostly freeway commuting with some aggressive curves thrown in occasionaly. My Hayabusa and past bikes always went 2 rears to 1 front.

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Re: Front tire wear?
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2018, 02:08:44 am »
I have a 2013 and both front and rear are gone around 5000 miles at the same time.  really bugs me and I'm not sure why. had a 2008 non abs before and after replacing 2 rears I would do replace the front with the 3rd rear together. Without fail.  I used road pilots and now have been using the angel gt's.  like the angel gt's best but the wear is the same.

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Re: Front tire wear?
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2018, 02:50:08 am »
My front went first. 
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Re: Front tire wear?
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2018, 02:51:10 pm »
My rears go first but not a 2:1 ratio at all.  I get about 6k out of a rear and 7500 out of a front.

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Re: Front tire wear?
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2018, 03:17:24 pm »
Angle GT's, 2 fronts to one rear in 6K miles. Avon 3DXM's both front/rear toast in 6k miles. Only tire for the front that makes it that far in miles. By that time though the handling is getting heavy.

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Re: Front tire wear?
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2018, 03:58:17 pm »
I've been using Dunlop Q3's and now Q3+. Average tire life for the past 5 years has been 5.5-6k rear and 7-7.5k front. 42 psi in both on the street and 35 psi at the track.
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Re: Front tire wear?
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2018, 08:22:12 pm »
Is it normal for these bikes to go thru a front tire faster than a rear?

Yes, that's what I've experienced.

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Re: Front tire wear?
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2018, 10:05:27 pm »
Maybe a little (on my 2014) but that was the OEM stones at 5,500 miles. My PR4GT's both look about the same @ 6500 miles with probably another 2,500 to go. The very last of the OEM front vaporized from "some tread" to slick in 100 miles.
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Re: Front tire wear?
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2018, 10:09:35 pm »
I have run 4 sets of the PR4’s. In each case the rear wear bars appeared before the front. I seldom ride the slabs. Interesting differences.
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Re: Front tire wear?
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2018, 10:10:06 pm »
Are you monitoring tire pressure closely, what do you rum in the front?

I ran BT021's on my other bike and wore fronts too quickly, figured out that my hand held gauge was reading about 5psi low. Hated the 021's and switched to Pilot Roads 3's and  :great:. My Concours had T30's on it when purchased, I used them up in 5k miles and switched to PR's (4 front, 3 rear) that I had on a shelf and currently at 9000 miles and will get 2-3000 more with the rear wearing out first.

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Re: Front tire wear?
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2018, 11:29:59 pm »
Everyone monitors the PSI, we have TPMS. I check my tires every morning before setting off on my trips. Its all how you ride that determines the tire degradation.

Angel GT front was bald on the sides and some rubber in the middle after 3K miles. I recreated this over and over. Avons lasted 6K in the front. Sides almost bald a wee bit of rubber in the middle.

Hope the Dunlops do as well as the Avons. I like the profile of the DL's.

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Re: Front tire wear?
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2018, 08:42:28 pm »
Is it normal for these bikes to go thru a front tire faster than a rear?  My 2014 with 4800 on the stock tires (bt-21) ran the front down to the cord while rear still had tread. 

I use the Avon Storm 3's and run the front at 44 cold (2 above side wall pressure label).  The front and rear wear close enough that I always mount sets - and I like the new tire set feel. 
So I'd suggest you experiment pumping up the front tire more on your new tires, maybe try it for a thousand miles ...
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