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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 07-19-2018, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation V2K Tire...umm...wear

So I noticed my front tire looks odd to me. I searched a bit online and didn't turn up much. I saw one thread where the guy seemed to see the same thing I did on his Bridgestone Battlax BT 020F. Link: https://www.bmwlt.com/forums/tires/6...e-problem.html

He talked to a guy at a shop who was "locally famed BMW specialist" (lol), and claimed it was safe, and he'd seen it before.

I'm not sure what to make of all that.

In any case, I saw my front tire today, and went home to order new tires. They only have ~6300 miles on them, but they are stock. As in, from 2008, as I bought it new in 2009. I realized they had to be manufactured some time before that, and looked online for the date markings, but could only find info about US, DOT tires. The tires on my bike were made in japan.

The only markings I saw, other than the size, were:
Front: E4 75R-0003251 and 020F K0301
Rear: E4 75R-0003250 and 020RZ T0301

Does the last part mean they were made in the 3rd month of 2001????? If so, holy....my tires are seven...teen...years...old????

Does anyone know if this is right?

Pics at:https://imgur.com/a/BY4499B

FWIW, I have ordered and will have installed on 3Aug new front and back Metzelers, 888 Marathon Ultras of the same size as stock. I did that because even if I'm wrong about the manufacture date, the current tires are AT LEAST 10 yrs old. So yeah, time for new ones.
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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 07-19-2018, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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Hurrrr...so I forgot to post the pics of the tire treads. Here they are:

Front:



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That bump pattern is kinda weird. I've not seen that before.

New tires, good move.

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My wife had that on her 2000. Like the article said over braking on front brake. Has something to do with turns as well. Also could just be a shitty tire. lol If the steel belts are in tack you would be ok. From a safety stand point. That an't right. I replaced her tire asap. She had the AVON Corbras BTW and still does.
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My wife had that on her 2000. Like the article said over braking on front brake. Has something to do with turns as well. Also could just be a shitty tire. lol If the steel belts are in tack you would be ok. From a safety stand point. That an't right. I replaced her tire asap. She had the AVON Corbras BTW and still does.
Yeah, I'm thinking it likely has something to do with the tires' age. I use both brakes every time I stop, so I don't think it has anything to do with that. I also ride a ZX14, and no issues with the tires on that, so I doubt it's bad braking habits. *shrug*

So I'll ride until I get them replaced on the 3rd of Aug.
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All My front tires always did that on the left side , the new one on the picture is beginning to do the same with about 2 k miles, the rear looks fine with about 25 thousand miles
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All My front tires always did that on the left side , the new one on the picture is beginning to do the same with about 2 k miles, the rear looks fine with about 25 thousand miles
Darkside, eh? I tried doing that with my Vulcan 1500, but the tire wouldn't fit on the 15" wheel properly and overpressure blew the sidewall

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I have the same exact tires on my bike. It looks like you took pictures of mine, the wear is exactly the same. I only have 5200 miles on the front and 3500 on rear. I got them start of summer 2018 so not an old tire. I understand the rear tire wear because I am not easy on the throttle, how can you be with 125ci under you? I talked to a Kawasaki tech and he said he has only seen that on the 2000s, and does not have an answer to it. I seen a V2k at his shop with a Metzeler front tire with many miles and no abnormal wear. I will be trying that brand next. I have also tried Dunlop and they cupped out also. I run 41 PSI in front and it hasn't gotten any worse, yet.
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I've had few different fronts on mine. The original Bridgestone Battlax, Metzelers, and the last one or two have been (I think) Bridgestone Excedra Max. The Excedra Max have worn the most even from what I recall. I'm Darkside on the rear simply because I got tired of replacing the rear tire roughly every 3500 miles.
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I too have tried multiple types of tires to get better mileage out of them. The Battlax OEM was the longest lasting but that was run mostly with a single rider (albeit a "plus size model lol). Once the bags, trunk and associated 2-up were added, I had to look for something with a little more GVW rating. The Battlax cupped out on the front and the rear only lasted about 2500 to 3000mi each. I have tried Dunlop, Metzler, Avon etc on the front and usually get about 6000mi out of them. The Avon handled the best but I went back to Bridgestone with the Excedra Max. So far, 4000mi, no cupping and still handles well. On the rear, once the wifey started riding, M/C tires would last only about 2 months. Went Dark a few years ago and have only replaced the rear tire twice. (One time I replaced it because I went too wide and tore out the sidewall with saddlebag bolts that were a touch too long and a load that was a touch too heavy) Over the winter, wifey and I have dropped 120lbs so I hope the tires stick around longer!

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