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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-21-2014, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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Finally had to change a rear tire!

Hi Everyone,

Just a bit of background. I ride 60 miles daily to and from work regardless of the weather (in Florida). I put a Michellin Commander II on the rear at 7700 miles on the bike. Well, on Tuesday, I was heading home and went around a sharp corner and it felt like the back tire slid just a bit. There was no water or sand/gravel in the way so I just took it easy the rest of the way home. When I got home, I inspected the rear tire and there was a chunk of tread missing, about a 3" diameter oval just in from the edge of the tread. I measured the tread depth around the rest of the tire and was just to Lincoln's hairy head. I nursed it slowly to the dealers the next day and had a new Commander II put on.

Total miles on this tire?? 32,834 miles!!!! I"m at 26,400 on my front tire!

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-21-2014, 11:17 AM
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Are you kidding? 32,000 MILES? on a rear tire on a V1700?? How did you possibly get that kind of mileage? Please let us know the secret, is it tire pressure, riding techniques, road surface (velvet roads only?), highway versus city/town/county roads,...
I ride around Port St Lucie, FL so I know the roads are really nice, but 32,000 MILES ??? Whoa!

I can't wait until I see what you get on a FRONT tire!! 26,000 MILES you probably have just broken it in!

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Hi Everyone,

Just a bit of background. I ride 60 miles daily to and from work regardless of the weather (in Florida). I put a Michellin Commander II on the rear at 7700 miles on the bike. Well, on Tuesday, I was heading home and went around a sharp corner and it felt like the back tire slid just a bit. There was no water or sand/gravel in the way so I just took it easy the rest of the way home. When I got home, I inspected the rear tire and there was a chunk of tread missing, about a 3" diameter oval just in from the edge of the tread. I measured the tread depth around the rest of the tire and was just to Lincoln's hairy head. I nursed it slowly to the dealers the next day and had a new Commander II put on. Total miles on this tire?? 32,834 miles!!!! I"m at 26,400 on my front tire!
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That is as good or better than most claim to get out of a car tire. I really like my Commander II"s but don't have anywhere near that many miles on either set.

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I have over 10,000 miles on my rear Commander II and it is hard to see any wear without putting a new tire next to it for comparison.

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I've had 4 Commander 2 tires on the rear, the first one went 25,000 miles before a nail killed it, the next two both went over 30,000 and this one is looking good at 18,000. Fronts don't last as long, 25 to 28,000 miles.

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I've had 4 Commander 2 tires on the rear, the first one went 25,000 miles before a nail killed it, the next two both went over 30,000 and this one is looking good at 18,000. Fronts don't last as long, 25 to 28,000 miles.
Dang Garry! I have committed to keeping the Voyager until it dies, and by the looks of your mileage, I may die before the bike does.

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Sorry about the delay

Sorry about the delay in responding to your inquiries. Work intervened!

I don't hotrod, severe brake or weave in and out of traffic (much). I'm a very conservative rider. I don't quite hyper mile but do practice it a bit. As a for instance, I just replaced the rear brake pads at 38K miles and the front pads at 35,380. The bike is a 2012 Voyager. I run 42-44psi on the rear and 32-36 on the fronts. 50% of my riding is on state highways in Florida at between 60-70mph. 20% is interstate miles at 70-85mph. The rest is city miles at 30-50mph.

I took a look at the front tire and have to agree with gv550. I don't think the front is going to get much more miles. I tried measuring and I think I have 2-4mm minimum tread depth left on the front. According to the owners manual the minimum allowable tread depth in the front is 1mm.

That's all I can say!
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I use Dyna beads and get close

I switched to Dyna Beads some years ago and get 20,000+ miles on tires. I know there are riders that don't like them but what I found is if there is any moisture in the tire when installing tires or from air pumps the beads can clump up. If the tire is dry they are fantastic smooth riding, no balance weights on the rims and they really work to keep the tire feathering down.

I am going to switch to the Commander II next time for sure.
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Thanks BurrowJ for the reply. That's pretty much my riding habits as well although not nearly as much mileage as you and others here. My original rear tire only got about 5000 miles when I changed it out.
I will certainly go with the Commanders next time based on your experience.
Thanks again for the posting.
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