Change the tire, or not?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Bugzy, Apr 16, 2018 at 4:29 PM.

  1. Bugzy

    Bugzy 2014 VStrom DL1000a

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    Normally at the start of every trip I swap out the tires the week before departure, just to be sure there are no tire related issues, and it has worked out well.

    Last year I swapped in Anakee Wild tires, soft radials, and they worked out great, about 6500km's, but after getting home the rear had a serious bald middle flat spot, and had to be swapped out. I put on a Mitas E07 Dakar as it sounds like this tire may do better on a long trip.

    The front tire though still has a lot of life left in it. My initial thought was to swap it out too, so I ordered a Mitas E07 for the front and it arrived today, but looking at the tread, the Wild tire has about the same left as this new Mitas has.

    Now i'm thinking of keeping the Wild on there and swapping it out when I get home. Is that dumb?

    My trip in June will be about 7500km if I don't have to turn around early like I did last year, so that front Wild will have about 14k km's on it at the end. There will be a lot of dirt as I am heading up the Dempster.

    What do you think? Keep it, or swap it out?
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  2. 1994klr250

    1994klr250 Long timer

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    I've always tried to leave on a trip with new tires if it's going to be a long ride. Especially with that kind of distance you are planning on covering. I didn't swap out my front tire one time on a 2,000 mile round trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Needless to say 600 miles from home I had to stop and buy a front tire and ended up changing it myself. I don't mind doing maintenance on the road, but to me I'd rather spend the time riding rather than having to do maintenance I should of done at home on the road. If you put new tires on and they wear out before you get home at least you know you used up every bit of available tread on the tire.
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  3. goin2alaska

    goin2alaska Been here awhile

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    if you spoon your own tires on the road like I do I wouldn't worry about it.
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  4. Bugzy

    Bugzy 2014 VStrom DL1000a

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    I have done a few of my own tires, bought some irons last year and did one, just so I knew how to do it, but this Mitas is a dakar with very stiff sidewalls. When I took the back wheel in last year the installer told me it was really difficult to get on the rim, even with the fancy machine. Maybe the front isn't that bad? not sure I want to find out.

    I think I will swap out the tire anyways, and keep the old one, when I get home I can decide if I want to switch back, but I suspect this Mitas will last a while longer than the Wild anyways.
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  5. blender

    blender Just another rider

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    I would replace it. If you’re heading to Alaska those roads can eat tires.
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  6. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I only want to mount each tire once in its life. Once I take them off, they go in the trash (or wherever tires go).

    Personally, I'd run it, then install a new set upon return.

    Plus, the Anakee looks a bit more aggressive.

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  7. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    I always figure if you ask that question, the answer is yes. That being said, I went on my bike specific forum and asked what kind of mileage other riders on my bike (KTM 1290) were getting with that tire (Continental Trail Attack) and most were getting close to 10,000 miles. At the end of my 4000 mile trip, I was over 8,000 miles total on the bike and that tire. Still in pretty good shape. I did swap out the rear and am glad I did. For tires more in the dual sport spectrum, I figure less total miles but as always, YMMV
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