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I got a 2010 vn2000, put a new set of tires on it this spring. The rear one is shot already with only 6000 km on it. Doesn't seem like a lot to me. I have been doing a lot of traveling with it this year, maybe that's it?? Kept tire pressure at 40 psi cold. What should a guy expect for milage with this bike loaded and putting on the miles
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I got 8000 miles out of my factory tires with a lot of aggressive mountain roads and a lot of 2up riding. Did not run it to the cords so I could keep it for a temp spare incase I ruined one I could still ride while I waited for a new one. Front was 3/4 worn but very choppy. Swapped to the exceda max just over 2000 miles on them still look new. I run 38psi in the rear and 40 in the front seems to handle and ride well to me at those pressures.
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Thanks for your input Jefftvn. This is exactly what I'm talking about. I got only 6000 km, that's only 4000mi. 8000 mi would be 16000 Km. Just seems like low life to me....
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I am no expert but my shop does motorcycle repair and maintenance. I ride with a lot of my customers so my observations are: Tire wear factors 1 acceleration, engine braking, weight, inflation does but a lot less than on cars. The guys who ride aggressive and downshift to slow really buy more tires. The guys that don't engine brake very much we replace their brakes. Other factors that vary by location are temperature and road surface. I live in the valley the coastal customers go through tires faster than the one that live up in the higher plains. Very different road surface and type of riding even on the exact same bike yields big differences. This is based mostly on HD's they are 3/4 of my business.
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I got a 2010 vn2000, put a new set of tires on it this spring. The rear one is shot already with only 6000 km on it. Doesn't seem like a lot to me. I have been doing a lot of traveling with it this year, maybe that's it?? Kept tire pressure at 40 psi cold. What should a guy expect for milage with this bike loaded and putting on the miles
I got 4500, give or take, out of motorcycle tires on the back of my VN2000. After the third one I went Darkside (car tire) on the back. Only have about 1000 mi on the car tire so can't yet say how that'll end up for tread life.
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thanks for all your replys guys. looks like iam going to go with a metsler
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FWIW, I didn't get any more miles out of the Metzelers than Bridgestone.

If you want meaningfully better tire life you'll either have to change considerably how you drive the bike and or loading, or go to Darkside. My 2 cents from trying a few different tires on two different bikes...
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What's everyone thoughts on using bias ply tires?
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I have a 2005 VN2000 with 48,000 miles. I installed a car tire(goodyear triple tread) 22,000 miles ago and it is still going strong. I also installed a rear motorcycle tire on the front and had gone 12,000 before having to change it.
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I've got 6K on my factory tires now and the rear probably has another 1500 or so for my comfort level. The front doesn't look nearly as worn, but it's started to cup slightly and that makes for a little wobble decelerating and howling in high speed turns. I keep the front at 36psi and the rear at 42psi.
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