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Old 07-30-2013, 11:06 PM   #1
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How much longer for this tire

Here's the center tread of the Metzeler Z8 on the back of my Versys 650. It seems to have worn to a rubber layer beneath the tread. I inspected and this is the worst wear spot--no cords showing anywhere.

Any idea how many more freeway miles (or kms if you prefer) it's good for before cords show? Before it blows?

I have various options to deal with it. None involve not riding it at all.



Sorry if I put this in the wrong forum.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:55 PM   #2
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For legal reasons I doubt anyone will give you a direct answer.

It should get you to your nearest dealer for a new tire.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:04 AM   #3
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Not long. Maybe 50 miles before showing metal, but I wouldn't put money on it.
Get a new tire. Soon.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:06 AM   #4
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That maypop has very few more miles,do a burn out and shitcan it.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:20 AM   #5
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That tire was done a while ago. You got your money's worth for sure.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:33 AM   #6
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When in doubt, replace.
Especially with tires on motorcycles.
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:38 AM   #7
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My last rear tire that looked like that went to the cords in about 60-70 miles. 5 miles after that I had a blowout at 70 mph. I got it stopped safely and had to call for someone to come get me. All I can say is the tire gets pretty fragile when worn that much. Only thing I ran over was a patch of gravel.

I knew the tire was on its last legs. I figured a short ride would be ok(had just got a new helmet I wanted to try out). I'll definitely pay closer attention next time.

Take it somewhere and get it replaced.
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:54 AM   #8
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All of the above,replace or regret,your choice.
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Old 07-31-2013, 03:08 AM   #9
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Old 07-31-2013, 04:36 AM   #10
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That tire is only as thick in the center as a dime.
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:32 AM   #11
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Thanks. It makes a big difference if it's good for say 30 miles (which will get me to the tire installer) or 210 (which will get me to the weekend). Sounds like it's not a good bet to try for the higher number.

Once cords are exposed I think of a tire as a time-bomb: it could come apart at any time. Based on experience with cars though, not bikes.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:26 AM   #12
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Once cords are exposed I think of a tire as a time-bomb: it could come apart at any time. Based on experience with cars though, not bikes.
I'm guessing you've never seen an unmounted motorcycle tire that's been worn down to the cords? It is shockingly thin compared to a car tire carcass. The tire you've pictured was junk many miles ago.
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:34 AM   #13
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I've had that happen to a few rear tires on road trips, with 350-500 miles before I get back to the barn.

They've always made it back fine, but I keep the speed at or under 70 to keep temps down.

You don't want to ride on that any more than you have to to either get home, or to a place where you can get a new tire mounted.
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:31 AM   #14
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If you can counter lean and ride in a straight line, you could probably get 8 or 10 more miles out of the tire.
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:45 AM   #15
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If you can counter lean and ride in a straight line, you could probably get 8 or 10 more miles out of the tire.
If he does this both sides , he may get 16 or 20 miles !
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