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14,000 miles of everything from interstate to mountain twisties. Hit a few wear bars on the front tire as you can see.

Here is the front.


and the rear.


The rear still has a ways to go to hit the wear bars but the edge of the rain grooves is starting to lift a little.

As you can see I do lean this bike over.
 

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You guys (or gals) with 14K or more miles on your tires must drive like Granny, or maybe weigh 98lbs. ;)

Wish I got that kind of tire life.
 

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You guys (or gals) with 14K or more miles on your tires must drive like Granny, or maybe weigh 98lbs. ;)

Wish I got that kind of tire life.
If Granny scrapes pegs and rides the Tail of the Dragon, The Devil's Triangle and the Cherohala Parkway for fun, then I guess I ride like Granny :p

The Dunlop E3 bias ply tires are designed for long life. Of course it is not just weight and riding style, but also road material and temperatures that make a difference.

How many miles did you get out of a set of Elite 3 bias tires on your bike?
 

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14,000 miles of everything from interstate to mountain twisties. Hit a few wear bars on the front tire as you can see.

Here is the front.


and the rear.


The rear still has a ways to go to hit the wear bars but the edge of the rain grooves is starting to lift a little.

As you can see I do lean this bike over.
I would've replaced those a few thousand miles ago. Rather be safe than sorry.
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I would've replaced those a few thousand miles ago. Rather be safe than sorry.
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Why? I just hit the wear bar and immediately replaced the front tire in the middle of my trip. The wear bar is the indicator saying it is time to replace.

what size e3 rear radial are ya'll running?
I run the Bias Ply. The master tech at my dealer said because of my riding style I would not be happy with the feel of radials on a bike designed for Bias Ply tires.
 

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Why? I just hit the wear bar and immediately replaced the front tire in the middle of my trip. The wear bar is the indicator saying it is time to replace.



I run the Bias Ply. The master tech at my dealer said because of my riding style I would not be happy with the feel of radials on a bike designed for Bias Ply tires.
I've never gotten to the wear bars on my tires. Maybe I've been replacing mine too soon. The last 2 sets (Dunlop D404s) had plenty of tread left, but there was considerable cracking in between the treads, so I replaced them, probably before I needed to. I'm now running the Purelli MT66. Much better tire than the 404s. No cracking at all.
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I've never gotten to the wear bars on my tires. Maybe I've been replacing mine too soon. The last 2 sets (Dunlop D404s) had plenty of tread left, but there was considerable cracking in between the treads, so I replaced them, probably before I needed to. I'm now running the Purelli MT66. Much better tire than the 404s. No cracking at all.
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Cracking is a good reason to replace a tire, no matter how much tread is left.
 

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I've never gotten to the wear bars on my tires. Maybe I've been replacing mine too soon. The last 2 sets (Dunlop D404s) had plenty of tread left, but there was considerable cracking in between the treads, so I replaced them, probably before I needed to. I'm now running the Purelli MT66. Much better tire than the 404s. No cracking at all.
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Cracking is a good reason to replace a tire, no matter how much tread is left.
I have not heard anything good about the 404s. Of course age may have gotten the better of them as well. I have 22,000 miles on the 2010 Voyager so tires don't sit around much on it.
 

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I have not heard anything good about the 404s. Of course age may have gotten the better of them as well. I have 22,000 miles on the 2010 Voyager so tires don't sit around much on it.
Nope, both sets were less than a year old. Cheap rubber is what it was. But these Purelli's are excellent.
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