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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 04:07 PM
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Seems fairly close to normal, I can get 11, 500 on the same rear tire you're running, but I do alot of straight highway with little stop and starts. The smoother you are on the clutch and easier on the take offs building speed, and the least amount of engine braking, and keeping her below 80 mph will increase rear tire life. I've got over 82,000 on motorcycle rear tires, comparing the mileage, and how they last on different riding habits. I too like Bill have a bf goodrich car tire on the back, and that is all I will ever run from now on!!! good luck, ride safe!, and "enjoy the ride"
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Agree with others - the tires on the drive wheels will always wear out faster.

With that said, my OEM Exedras have 9K miles on them so far, and still plenty of tread left on both front and rear. With that said, I will probably get new rubber next season anyway. I don't like to ride on old tires. 6 years is about where I draw the limit. My bike will be 5 years old next year, but the tires were manufactured one year prior.
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Maybe if I loose a few pounds I can get my tires to wear more evenly

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Really dumb question, but.............I gotta ask!

This is the data from my rear tire:

'Bridgestone EXEDRA G702
'140/90-15 M/C 70S
'G702 TUBETYPE T9501
'DOT ENM5 TNM 1708 (April 21 - 27, 2008)
'Made in Japan
'I 008
'36 PSI cold
'Max Load 730 lb
'Load Range B, 3 ply tread, 3 ply sidewall
'E4 75R000032
'G702A

Am I correct in concluding this is a "bias" tire and not a radial? (Us Newbies get to ask dumb questions.......right?)

Also, I'm leaning toward the Michelin Commander II. Is this an acceptable substitute for the OEM tires?

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Really dumb question, but.............I gotta ask!

This is the data from my rear tire:

'Bridgestone EXEDRA G702
'140/90-15 M/C 70S
'G702 TUBETYPE T9501
'DOT ENM5 TNM 1708 (April 21 - 27, 2008)
'Made in Japan
'I 008
'36 PSI cold
'Max Load 730 lb
'Load Range B, 3 ply tread, 3 ply sidewall
'E4 75R000032
'G702A

Am I correct in concluding this is a "bias" tire and not a radial? (Us Newbies get to ask dumb questions.......right?)

Also, I'm leaning toward the Michelin Commander II. Is this an acceptable substitute for the OEM tires?
Roger that friend. If it were a radial the letter R would appear after the aspect ratio. Michelin Commanders are GOOD in my book. They come in Radial and Bias.

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Thanks Comanche. Santa is loading his sleigh.

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Thanks Comanche. Santa is loading his sleigh.
Haha! Good deal.

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Also, I'm leaning toward the Michelin Commander II. Is this an acceptable substitute for the OEM tires?
That's what I'm planning to get next year.
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Shinko tires-

Guys, anybody have experience with the Shinko tires? Seems like good price if they hold up OK.
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I have Shinko's front and rear, but they dont have many miles yet. Maybe 500 or so. Handling was greatly improved but the old ones were well worn.

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