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I still have 1000 km to go before I get home and I noticed another problem with my 2015 Voyager. This time its the front tire wearing. It has worn with a large noticeable bump in the middle of the tire. The tire is nowhere in round anymore. The tire is at the correct pressure. I cant have the tire replaced where I am at. I'm having to chance it and ride the bike about 500 more km where I can get a tire if they have one in stock. I'll post a picture if I can get a clear one.
 

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If by correct pressure you mean what's in the manual, I think that's too low. I run 38 front and 40 rear, never had any wear problems.
 

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What do you mean by "correct pressure"? If you mean 28 psi (cold), this is where I think the manual is just plain wrong. The kind of wear you are getting is from running with the pressure too low. It causes the tire to fold inward in the middle so that the sides wear faster. That also decreases the stability of the bike. Increase your pressure to at least 32 - 34 to even out the wear more. Go even higher (but no more than the max on the side of the tire - probably 40 psi) to get the center wearing faster than the sides. Looks like you could get well over 500 km out of that tire if you slow the edge wear down. I would be very careful on curves or in rain or especially both together, though.

I think most folks run the front in the 32 - 36 psi range, some even higher.
 

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Well in that case if the manual is wrong ( I did go by the manual) then I think Kawasaki is going to owe me a new tire. It does say in the Warranty that tires are not covered unless unusual wear.
 

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Well in that case if the manual is wrong ( I did go by the manual) then I think Kawasaki is going to owe me a new tire. It does say in the Warranty that tires are not covered unless unusual wear.
Have to agree w others ,pressure low,also run mine at 36 ,38,the manual setting is way to,,squishy Imo
 

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I questioned the service tech when I got my 2012 Voyager when he said 28lbs in front about this, and he said thats what they recommend. I find this hard to accept since my 800 is about 1/2 the weight and that being rear biased with the same size tire. I run mine at 38-40.
 

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Well in that case if the manual is wrong ( I did go by the manual) then I think Kawasaki is going to owe me a new tire. It does say in the Warranty that tires are not covered unless unusual wear.
I doubt that they will admit that the manual pressure should not be used, but since you followed the manual instructions and have unusual wear, I think you have an argument.
 

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Looks like low air pressure wear to me also.... I run 32 in the front... and 36 in the rear, but the rear is a car tire otherwise I run 42 in my other scoots.

No chance on getting Kawai to replace them.... if you do you are one lucky fellow....
 

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4200 km but I didn't notice it until the last 1000km
Yeah that's not good, but not unheard of. If you travel much sooner or later tire failure is going to bite you. It got me last year in the Ozarks.

When I left Birmingham the front tire looked almost new. A day and about 700 miles later it was toast. We called about 6-10 shops, Not sure exactly how many, before we found the tire I was looking for and drove to the shop.

If you are on the road and headed some where on a time line good luck getting it replaced by Kawasaki much less finding a Kawi shop with the right tire in stock.

PS. I wouldn't replace it with the stock tire any way. There are several better options for the 1700
 

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I haven't heard anyone mention the possibility of a faulty tire. How many hundreds of people run the tire pressure that's recommended in the manual and have no trouble, so I don't think you can automatically attribute it to this altho it's definitely possible.....just my opinion
 

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I just came from a VTX to my Voyager. 43,000 problem free km. Sorry but nothing has completely sold me on the Voyager yet.
 

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Had the Kawasaki dealer look at the tire today. Mechanic says it was caused by not enough air. They took pictures of the tire, my manual where it said 28lbs and the sticker on the bike that said 200 kpa (also 28 lbs) and are sending it to Kawasaki for a warranty claim. I'm not holding my breath. I can get a new Bridgestone for $116 or a new Dunlop like what is on it for $161 tax in from the Honda dealer in town. I might go that route if I don't hear anything in a couple of days.
 

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Had the Kawasaki dealer look at the tire today. Mechanic says it was caused by not enough air. They took pictures of the tire, my manual where it said 28lbs and the sticker on the bike that said 200 kpa (also 28 lbs) and are sending it to Kawasaki for a warranty claim. I'm not holding my breath. I can get a new Bridgestone for $116 or a new Dunlop like what is on it for $161 tax in from the Honda dealer in town. I might go that route if I don't hear anything in a couple of days.
You will not get great mileage out of either of those choices and the stones loose their grip before the tread is gone as well.

I have been well pleased with the Michelin Commander II's. Some are getting over 20,000 miles out of a set. I had over 5000 miles on the set on my 1700 Nomad before it sold and they still looked new. They replaced a set of stones that looked good but couldn't stop any thing wet or dry. The set on my Voyager have under 5000 miles on them but still look as fresh as the days(yes I said days because the rear was replaced about 700 miles before the front, remember the Ozarks reference) they were installed.

I hear Metzeler makes some good ones but have no personal experience with them on the 1700.

By the way, If you are running recommended drive belt tension loosen it up .
 

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I hear Metzeler makes some good ones but have no personal experience with them on the 1700.
I had a set of Metzler 888"s on my Voyager. They are a high mileage tire but you trade off in wet grip once you get close to having the higher miles on them......not worth it to me. The 880"s were fine tho.
 

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I had a set of Metzler 888"s on my Voyager. They are a high mileage tire but you trade off in wet grip once you get close to having the higher miles on them......not worth it to me. The 880"s were fine tho.
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