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So I noticed my front tire looks odd to me. I searched a bit online and didn't turn up much. I saw one thread where the guy seemed to see the same thing I did on his Bridgestone Battlax BT 020F. Link: https://www.bmwlt.com/forums/tires/60387-front-tyre-problem.html

He talked to a guy at a shop who was "locally famed BMW specialist" (lol), and claimed it was safe, and he'd seen it before.

I'm not sure what to make of all that.

In any case, I saw my front tire today, and went home to order new tires. They only have ~6300 miles on them, but they are stock. As in, from 2008, as I bought it new in 2009. I realized they had to be manufactured some time before that, and looked online for the date markings, but could only find info about US, DOT tires. The tires on my bike were made in japan.

The only markings I saw, other than the size, were:
Front: E4 75R-0003251 and 020F K0301
Rear: E4 75R-0003250 and 020RZ T0301

Does the last part mean they were made in the 3rd month of 2001????? If so, holy....my tires are seven...teen...years...old????

Does anyone know if this is right?

Pics at:https://imgur.com/a/BY4499B

FWIW, I have ordered and will have installed on 3Aug new front and back Metzelers, 888 Marathon Ultras of the same size as stock. I did that because even if I'm wrong about the manufacture date, the current tires are AT LEAST 10 yrs old. So yeah, time for new ones.
 

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That bump pattern is kinda weird. I've not seen that before.

New tires, good move.
 

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My wife had that on her 2000. Like the article said over braking on front brake. Has something to do with turns as well. Also could just be a shitty tire. lol If the steel belts are in tack you would be ok. From a safety stand point. That an't right. I replaced her tire asap. She had the AVON Corbras BTW and still does.
 

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My wife had that on her 2000. Like the article said over braking on front brake. Has something to do with turns as well. Also could just be a shitty tire. lol If the steel belts are in tack you would be ok. From a safety stand point. That an't right. I replaced her tire asap. She had the AVON Corbras BTW and still does.
Yeah, I'm thinking it likely has something to do with the tires' age. I use both brakes every time I stop, so I don't think it has anything to do with that. I also ride a ZX14, and no issues with the tires on that, so I doubt it's bad braking habits. *shrug*

So I'll ride until I get them replaced on the 3rd of Aug.
 

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All My front tires always did that on the left side , the new one on the picture is beginning to do the same with about 2 k miles, the rear looks fine with about 25 thousand miles
Darkside, eh? :grin2: I tried doing that with my Vulcan 1500, but the tire wouldn't fit on the 15" wheel properly and overpressure blew the sidewall
 

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I have the same exact tires on my bike. It looks like you took pictures of mine, the wear is exactly the same. I only have 5200 miles on the front and 3500 on rear. I got them start of summer 2018 so not an old tire. I understand the rear tire wear because I am not easy on the throttle, how can you be with 125ci under you? I talked to a Kawasaki tech and he said he has only seen that on the 2000s, and does not have an answer to it. I seen a V2k at his shop with a Metzeler front tire with many miles and no abnormal wear. I will be trying that brand next. I have also tried Dunlop and they cupped out also. I run 41 PSI in front and it hasn't gotten any worse, yet.
 

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I've had few different fronts on mine. The original Bridgestone Battlax, Metzelers, and the last one or two have been (I think) Bridgestone Excedra Max. The Excedra Max have worn the most even from what I recall. I'm Darkside on the rear simply because I got tired of replacing the rear tire roughly every 3500 miles.
 

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I too have tried multiple types of tires to get better mileage out of them. The Battlax OEM was the longest lasting but that was run mostly with a single rider (albeit a "plus size model lol). Once the bags, trunk and associated 2-up were added, I had to look for something with a little more GVW rating. The Battlax cupped out on the front and the rear only lasted about 2500 to 3000mi each. I have tried Dunlop, Metzler, Avon etc on the front and usually get about 6000mi out of them. The Avon handled the best but I went back to Bridgestone with the Excedra Max. So far, 4000mi, no cupping and still handles well. On the rear, once the wifey started riding, M/C tires would last only about 2 months. Went Dark a few years ago and have only replaced the rear tire twice. (One time I replaced it because I went too wide and tore out the sidewall with saddlebag bolts that were a touch too long and a load that was a touch too heavy) :devil2: Over the winter, wifey and I have dropped 120lbs so I hope the tires stick around longer!
 

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I only weigh 180 soaking wet so I’m surprised mine wear out so fast, maybe how I ride? What car tire are you running? How does it feel on the corners?
 

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The tire suffers as much from a rapid deceleration (massive braking torque from engine) as spinning while accelerating lol.... I have mellowed some as I hit 60, but still like the right hand a little too much... On the rear I have a Falken Zeix. Heavy sidewall, good water sipes and a prominent center ridge in the tread. Takes a bit of getting used to and you have to be slightly more cautious in a wet corner but when you consider how much more tread there is on the Darkside edge in comparison to that on the Battlax, the contact area is still pretty large. Up here, a 200/60-16 Bridgestone radial is over $400cdn, plus you have to get someone to mount and balance the thing... do that 2 or 3 times a year and it starts getting pricey...:nerd: I went dark to preserve my retirement fund:devil2:
 

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I’ll look into that tire, I’ve been thinking about going darkside. This is my first motorcycle so the wife isn’t too thrilled about how much cash I throw at new tires. I could take it easier with the throttle but that doesn’t sound pleasing to me.
 

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LOL, I hear that! The first darkside tire I tried had really soft sidewalls, 215/60-16R but I can't remember what type of tire now..... It lasted a long time, maybe 20k miles, but I never felt really confident going hard into a corner on it. At the time, there was a contributor called Tallannie that posted a couple of videos from a GO-Pro on the rear fender showing how much flex a car tire really had with various pressures etc. Pretty enlightening. I took a real deep cut in the 215, so I looked around on the internet and found that a lot of guys with the V8 bikes were using Falken tires for the weight carrying capability, especially a 225/60-16R. Found one, put it on and loved it! Then one day my wife said we should head to a nearby town for breakfast (first time with her 2-up in years). We hit a large hump in the pavement about 6 miles west of home and a black rooster tail of rubber flew out of the rear of the bike. I could smell burnt rubber so I parked and looked underneath. The bolts that hold my luggage rack/backrest/saddle bags on protruded just slightly past the nuts on the inner fender creating deep gouges in the sidewall of the tire. It was fine with just me at 325lbs, but the two of us (she isn't a ballerina) and the heat of the day created a perfect situation for the tire to rub. I still had a Battlax at home, so I got that put on while I ordered another Falken Zeix, this time a 205/65-16R. Little bit taller sidewall, narrower profile (but still the same width as the Battlax) and slightly rounded edges which mimic a M/C tire more closely. I have 10k miles or more on this tire (have a spare in storage) and it is still great. I take a little chunk of hard rubber about 1 3/4 thick to slip under the kickstand when I park so that the bike doesn't lean as far over (taller tire) but not an inconvenience at all as most of the parking lots here are gravel or packed mud lol... My riding habits are most likely different from yours as we are mostly 2-up now, more "bagger" oriented and lots of luggage and tools for my Harley riding buddies, so corners aren't attacked as aggressively. Hardest thing to get used to with a darkside conversion is the gyro effect that the extra weight of the car tire has. The bike takes a second longer to respond to a lean, holds the revs a second more, you get the picture.:wink2:
 

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I'm running a 185/75/16 light truck tyre, found the narrower tyre handles more like a bike tyre compared to the 205/60/16, I used to get about 10,000kms out of a rear bridgestone exedra max but at $400 Australian got sick of that rather quick so tried the skinnier higher profile truck tyre and to my delight loved it and at only $115 and good for 30,000kms whats not to like, also running a shinko tourmaster rear on the front as well.
I have noticed though that all my bikes front tyres wear more on one side than the other and think its due to camber of the road.
 

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Good looking tire! Rounded profile, lots of water runs, nice center ridge..... what kind of pressure are you running?
 

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one day my wife said we should head to a nearby town for breakfast (first time with her 2-up in years). We hit a large hump in the pavement about 6 miles west of home and a black rooster tail of rubber flew out of the rear of the bike. I could smell burnt rubber so I parked and looked underneath. The bolts that hold my luggage rack/backrest/saddle bags on protruded just slightly past the nuts on the inner fender creating deep gouges in the sidewall of the tire. It was fine with just me at 325lbs, but the two of us (she isn't a ballerina) and the heat of the day created a perfect situation for the tire to rub. :wink2:
Similar thing happened to me/us on our first trip with the trailer, I was running a 225 Sumitomo (or something like that) and had not had any trouble with it but the install of the hitch required some hardware under the rear fender, 2 bolt heads on the very rear felt closer to the tire than I was comfortable with.

I took a ride with the trailer attached and was able to se a bit of rubbing so I changes to lower profile bolts (really a minimal difference) and the day of departure (about a year ago) I was monitoring the tire as we took off. About 35-40 miles from home I stopped for the sole purpose of checking the tire and sure enough the bolt were rubbing, already had a groove on both side of the rear tire.

We had to turn around, left the trailer at my sister's house and hauled ass back to Tj to look for a replacement tire, I wanted to go with a 215 but we had reservations in Yosemite (very $$$pensive) and could not cancel anymore, I could not risk it so I went to a 205 and crossed my fingers. I barely had time to buy the tire, the tire store actually closed while I was paying, still had to go back to dismount the wheel from the fully loaded beast and barely caught the tire shop open (not the same one as they would not know what to do with a MC wheel) and got it installed. By that time it was around 8:30 PM.

When I finished balancing/ installing the wheel and loaded the bike again it was about 10:30 at night, I came back into the house to announce to my wife we were leaving next morning (again) on our anniversary trip, were we got vacated the same day we arrived b'cus a flood was coming.

Geeeezz!!! :serious::serious::serious: talk about rolling with the punches!!
 

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WOW! Rolling with punches is one thing...... 3 rounds with a young Mike Tyson is another lol.... I have to say that we have been fairly lucky with the bike. Had an issue the first time we went to Sturgis where the drive hub bearings crapped out and laid us over coming out of a parking lot. Wife vaulted, tucked and rolled back up but I was trapped by the beast and took a bit of heat to my right leg (mostly metal so not too bad). Didn't immediately see the issue because we rolled it backwards back into the lot to regroup and the pulley flopped back into place. Rode it all the way that night back to Canada. Next morning I was looking at the tire because it had worn pretty significantly on the trip, jacked up the bike and the drive pulley fell out into the frame. Bike shop had a tire (Battlax) and Heston Farm Machinery had a new bearing and seal...... Rest of the trip was uneventful, no floods or anything, though the Canadian bug storms were almost biblical.. lol. Never had an issue with the front tire, ever. Always change on routine maintenance, get about 10K miles before I see tread bars.
 
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