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So... having read some well documented reviews of the 1700 Voyager's weight distribution and it's effect on rear tire tread life (negative), I'm wondering what the rear tire tread life on the Vaquero is like? Any of you Vaquero owners ridden far enough to tell? (SNARK goes here...)

I'm seriously considering an upgrade soon, but I don't want to jump into a tire eating monster!

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So... having read some well documented reviews of the 1700 Voyager's weight distribution and it's effect on rear tire tread life (negative), I'm wondering what the rear tire tread life on the Vaquero is like? Any of you Vaquero owners ridden far enough to tell? (SNARK goes here...)

I'm seriously considering an upgrade soon, but I don't want to jump into a tire eating monster!
I've read other on this forum say they only got 3k, 4k, or 5k miles on the stock rear tire, but I am getting ready to replace mine at 7300 miles. I'm installing a Michelin Commander II, which claims to get double the miles of their best competitor. I'll know more, hopefully in about a year.
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Any heavy bike is going to be a tire eating monster. I pushed my 1700 Classic to get 5,800 out of the stock Stone before it was squared off real good and slightly past the wear bars. (Same tire as Vaquero.) I would imagine the ass is slightly heavier on the Vaq due to the hard bags and such. From what I understand getting 8,000 out of a Dunlop Elite 3 or Metz 880 should make one jump for joy.
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i got 7500 out of the stock stones. put on a new set of michelins and loving them.
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So... having read some well documented reviews of the 1700 Voyager's weight distribution and it's effect on rear tire tread life (negative), I'm wondering what the rear tire tread life on the Vaquero is like? Any of you Vaquero owners ridden far enough to tell? (SNARK goes here...)

I'm seriously considering an upgrade soon, but I don't want to jump into a tire eating monster!

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So... having read some well documented reviews of the 1700 Voyager's weight distribution and it's effect on rear tire tread life (negative), I'm wondering what the rear tire tread life on the Vaquero is like? Any of you Vaquero owners ridden far enough to tell? (SNARK goes here...)

I'm seriously considering an upgrade soon, but I don't want to jump into a tire eating monster!
I have replaced the rear tire with the same tire as before. I only got around 8000 plus miles on the rear. I'm still running the front tire at 10500 miles to date. In my prior motorcycle I ran the Metzler 880 and really liked them but they don't make the rear tire size so I would have to increase the size for the Metzler. At this particular time though it was the prize of the tire and not the miles that caused me to use the same factory tire. I'm happy with the factory tire though as I think it has good gripping/cornering capabilities.
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I ran through the stock tires at 5k (Front and rear) I switched to a set of Metzler ME880's. The rear tire is at the wear bars @ 7k, front tire still looks decent. I did find the Me880's to be a little hard and not as smooth in the corners. I am considering a new tire brand but haven't decided which ones yet.

(NOTE): The rear tire on the Vaquero is a 170 70 16. This is an unusual and limited choices tire to find. You can get a lot more choices of tires by replacing your rear tire with a 180 70 16. The Vaquero has no problem fitting this size tire.
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Any heavy bike is going to be a tire eating monster. I pushed my 1700 Classic to get 5,800 out of the stock Stone before it was squared off real good and slightly past the wear bars. (Same tire as Vaquero.) I would imagine the ass is slightly heavier on the Vaq due to the hard bags and such. From what I understand getting 8,000 out of a Dunlop Elite 3 or Metz 880 should make one jump for joy.
I'd disagree with the "any heavy bike" comment just a bit, as the folks over on the Victory forums claim an average of 10k - 15k miles on the stock Dunlop Elite 3's (Cross Country, for comparison to the Vaquero). They also comment quite a bit on the even wear of front/rear tires, so that's telling me the weight distribution might have a big part in it. A double darkside might resolve the fears though?

Anyone worn out a set of E3's or Metz880's yet?

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