So many things can effect tire wear, including the road surface itself. Would hope to get more miles reguardless. Its not for everyone, but have you considered going darkside? That price sounds good, but its a hassle changing tires twice a year.
I do ride on some chip sealed roads but not that much. Mostly nice smooth asphalt but it is usually hot so I'm sure that doesn't help this problem. I am not really a fan of the darkside look so hadn't really considered it but on some bikes it gives an interesting look. I just turned 30,000 miles on mine so will probably only need 1 more tire after this one since I doubt I will keep it more than 50,000 miles. My bike shop is less than 10 miles away so not a big deal for me to drop it there and have a tire put on but I hear you.So many things can effect tire wear, including the road surface itself. Would hope to get more miles reguardless. Its not for everyone, but have you considered going darkside? That price sounds good, but its a hassle changing tires twice a year.
My front tire is in good shape but I will change it when this new rear tire wears out. Its maybe 1/3 gone after 9,000 miles and the front is quite a bit cheaper anyway. I definitely don't baby my tires and don't ride with tire wear in my head. I ride pretty hard but don't do burnouts or anything that would intentionally shorten tire life. I'm sure it depends on braking habits and wether you favor front or rear braking is probably a big factor.I have about 8000 miles on mine and still have plenty of tread left. I estimate that I should get 10-12K before needing replacements. Probably 70-80% of those are highway miles.
Dirtwiz, how's your front tire looking? The reason why I ask is that my tires tend to wear out in front before the rear, maybe indicating that I'm a bit less "aggressive" on take off.