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Old 07-10-2010, 05:06 PM   #1
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Eh? Rear Tire Life Sucks

OK maybe not for everyone but I am a easy rider with a 2009 Burgman 650EX bought last fall. It is not my normal ride but a spare and one I hope to share with the wife when she is able. I haven't ridden it much but took it in for the oil change this week at 5600 miles and darned if they didn't tell me the rear tire needs replaced On my V-Strom I get a little over 8000 miles per change, on my BMW (sold last fall) I got about 12000 per rear.

I check pressure before rides and have been riding alone so do I have to go to the darkside to get decent tire wear?


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Old 07-11-2010, 05:01 AM   #2
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just a couple of thoughts, v-tour.

1) did the guy show you the problem or just tell you?

2) did you look over the tire yourself to check tread depth? a one year old bike shouldn't have any checking or splitting on the sidewalls, but i guess it could be possible.

3) i've read posts where owners of the big scoots have talked about getting only 8/9k out of the rear tires. but 5600? sounds way too early.

other than that, i got nothin'.
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:27 AM   #3
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While it would be nice to get more mileage out of a rear tire 5600 isn't unusual. My old Vespa 200s would get 6000 rear 18000 front with good Michelin tires. My Goldwing was about the same on the rear.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:10 AM   #4
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It seems that the scooters that have a lot of rear weight bias do go thru rear tires pretty quickly. But, I do think 5600 is a little low. My Reflex (granted, not the same as your scoot) has over 13K miles on its OE Hoops and they're still going strong (but are cupping and will be replaced this winter).

What make/model tire is on there right now? Perhaps it's something to avoid, in the future.
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Old 07-11-2010, 02:55 PM   #5
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Tire was the one that came on it new and is worn down to the thread indicators. The idea that every oil change it needs a new tire scares me.

Thanks for the ideas, I think I get will go ahead and get a new bike tire and study darksiding. I usually don't do much work on the bike myself but can if needed.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:36 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by ronnath
just a couple of thoughts, v-tour.

1) did the guy show you the problem or just tell you?

2) did you look over the tire yourself to check tread depth? a one year old bike shouldn't have any checking or splitting on the sidewalls, but i guess it could be possible.

3) i've read posts where owners of the big scoots have talked about getting only 8/9k out of the rear tires. but 5600? sounds way too early.

other than that, i got nothin'.
Try 2000 out of a 10" rear wheel on a Vespa 150.
Small diameter wheels make circles more often.. not to mention most scooters
are a lot heavier at the rear end.

I've had no noticable wear EVER on my 50cc, but the Agility 125 shows wear
after 4000 miles on rock-hard Taiwanese made CST tires. I've done 15k on
my Ninja 650 on OEM bridgestones.
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Old 07-13-2010, 05:08 AM   #7
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. . . at 5600 miles and darned if they didn't tell me the rear tire needs (to be) replaced
That's nothing compared to tyre life on the Honda VT500E of the eighties. The compound was the closest match to genuine racing tyres that I ever encountered on a road bike. The rear would last less than 5000km, and the front wouldn't last much longer!

Now, I'm riding a Burgman AN650A . . . . . . ah. but at least you can be informed about your fuel consumption.
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:54 AM   #8
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This is a fairly common complaint with the 650; although 5600 is a bit low even for the OEM TH01 which your 09 almost certainly had.

The OEM has been changed to the TH01M which seems to be wearing a bit better.

Overally I got about 7kish out of my original, & a bit better from the replacement (same tire). The updated one I have now is doing a bit better.
Far as darkside goes those who do it like it & get phenomenal wear out of 'em.
Those who don't darkside question the cornering etc. There are entire threads dedicated to this one Burgmanusa.com that you may want to review.

Personally I popped for a new TH01M off the motorcycle superstore & am doing OK on it even with a fair bit of 2up. I expect 7500-8k unless I pull a nail or something.
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