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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-08-2014, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Post Help me settle the tire issue

I am a numbers guy. I work with spread sheets and calculators on a regular basis. I know, you can't believe I am admitting that on a mc forum. Anyway, I have read many opinions on this forum and others about the best tires, tire pressure, yada yada yada.

Please reply by answering these questions:
1. What do you ride?

2. What brand of tire do you have on your bike now?

3. What air pressure do you run in those tires?

4. Do you ride mostly solo or two up?

5. How many miles (on average) do you get on the front tire?

6. How many miles (on average) do you get on the rear tire?

7. Would you classify your riding style as grandpa slow, about average, or very aggressive?

If we get a good response my plan is to take those numbers and provide feedback on tire brands and life. Please be honest and accurate with your info.

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1)1600 classic
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1) 1700 Voyager
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1. What do you ride? 900 Classic LT

2. What brand of tire do you have on your bike now? Dunlops (oem)

3. What air pressure do you run in those tires? 28 front 32 rear

4. Do you ride mostly solo or two up? 2 up

5. How many miles (on average) do you get on the front tire? Can't say for sure yet, only owned for a year. Put almost new tires on it before the end of last season. Front seems to be wearing faster than the rear is. They each only have maybe 5000 miles on them.

6. How many miles (on average) do you get on the rear tire? N/A (don't know yet)

7. Would you classify your riding style as grandpa slow, about average, or very aggressive? All 3, depends on the mood that day, LOL!


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Like most accountants, I too am a data & spreadsheet guy.

1. '03 Vulcan 800 Classic (VN800-B8)
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3. ~40 front, ~40 rear (checked/set at least weekly)
4. 90%/10% solo/two up
5. 16,000 miles (see Note)
6. 11,000 miles (see Note)
7. Average

Note: It already looks like I'll soundly beat my prior averages (front & rear) with these COMMANDER II's. Already have over 13,000 miles on the rear tire and it looks like it still has plenty left.

Because I am a data guy, if you want exact data on all the prior tires that have been on this VN800-B8, send me a PM and I will provide it to you.

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07 1500 classic Fullbores 40 and 40 90/10 2000(note) average,aggressive Fullbores were new this year and i am doing a review on them.Previously,Had Bridgestones and had about 16000 miles on them and the last 2000 were pretty smooth but didn't want to get a set till spring
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1. What do you ride? '06 Vulcan 900

2. What brand of tire do you have on your bike now? Pirelli night dragons

3. What air pressure do you run in those tires? 40

4. Do you ride mostly solo or two up? solo

5. How many miles (on average) do you get on the front tire? Don't know yet first try

6. How many miles (on average) do you get on the rear tire? ?

7. Would you classify your riding style as grandpa slow, about average, or very aggressive? Very aggressive

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1. What do you ride? 2005 1600 Nomad

2. What brand of tire do you have on your bike now? Bridgestone on front, Dunlop 205-60-16 (darkside) rear

3. What air pressure do you run in those tires? 36 front, 32 rear

4. Do you ride mostly solo or two up? solo

5. How many miles (on average) do you get on the front tire? 18,000

6. How many miles (on average) do you get on the rear tire? 28-30k (again, darkside or car tire)

7. Would you classify your riding style as grandpa slow, about average, or very aggressive? aggresive
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