HD Road Glide: 15 months, 22,000 miles

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Cakeeater, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    It is amazing. I can't believe the stock tires have lasted so long...but they have.

    I think the tires are fantastic. Supposedly dual rubber technology...soft on the corners, harder on the center.

    That said: I keep tire pressures up, I rarely use rear-braking for average riding (unless I'm on dirt), and I don't do burnouts.

    Most of my riding is pretty fast but it's 80-20 highway/town.

    I've done maybe 1500 miles double up....the rest solo. But I'm 199.9 lbs, and with gear and tent/bag/clothes I'm carrying about 250 on the bike. Usually.

    I know on roadglide forums there's other fellas who are getting 20,000 mile plus out of their rear tires.

    I'm going to switch it out as soon as i can get to the dealer and buy a new one. Two hundred bucks for a new meat.

    One of my brothers has an st1300 and he's lucky to get 8,000 absolute max out of a rear. More power of course but he's kinda jealous of my mileage.

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  2. Robert OK

    Robert OK Been here awhile

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    For both bikes I kept the bikes at the same height. No cornering changes.

    The price for the IKONs for the Triumph was around $350.

    Progressives for the Harley were around $600 for the rear shocks and the forks were around $350. Those prices don't include installation. I know you can get them for less online, but I had my mechanic do the install and purchase.

    For me it was all about suspension quality and comfort. The bike is much more stable when it absorbs shock instead of bouncing. Just did the rear shocks on the Triumph, which was more than enough. On the Harley if you do the rear only, you'll realize how crappy the fronts are. Might as well do both.
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  3. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    I'm not jealous, I was thinking the tires must be rock hard or under little stress.
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  4. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    I wasn't thinking you were. I'm just really surprised how good these tires are. I corner as hard as the bike will let me, and I accelerate as hard as the bike can go... Both are less of course of what the ST can do, but on the highway at 80 it's carrying more stress (as in lbs) than most bikes. The bike has always been very stable/controlled. Same in heavy rain.

    I'm completely sold on the stock tires.

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  5. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info.

    Hey, ignorance is bliss re: suspension. I know the fronts are a weak link, but I don't want REALLY want to know it. :D

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  6. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    Some version of the Dunlop 402?
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  7. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    They say Dunlop 407.

    They looked really good at 19500 miles -- lots of deep tred left. They wore really fast in last two thousand miles. I pushed 'em as far as I want to.

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  8. slipknot

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    Does anyone have similar mileage on new 407 tires installed after the showroom 407 tires have been replaced? I believe factory installed tires have deeper treads than off the shelf tires of the same model. It makes for impressive numbers and brings the customer back. By then the owner has some slip-on noise makers and can attribute the far less mileage of the second set to the 40hp increase the cans make.:lol3
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  9. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    I'll let you know in a year or two.

    I was just looking into the Dunlops yesterday. Dunlop makes a "knockoff" HD touring tire that is supposedly the same tire,just different tread...for a bit under $200 at various discount houses.

    HD sells their own special Dunlop 407 that has different tread (a more aggressive tread imho) and HD emblems in the rubber...which clearly justifies the extra $100 in list price :lol3
    Luckily my local dealer has the HD 407 available for the same price as a the knockoff. So I'll buy the same tire I have on now....and report back.

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  10. HannibalSmith

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    Harleys tend to be rear biased in regards to weight. My father got about 20k out of the front on his Dunlop 402s, and replaced it due to age and not wear. Gets about 15k on the rears.

    My Dyna doesn't get anywhere near that, but I like to ride hard.
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  11. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    Yeah, my Road Glide seems very rear-biased. My front 407 looks good, but I'm tempted to put a new one one. I've lost rear tires before (not so bad in my experience)...but I'm not keen on having a front go flat at speed.

    The rear tire life has been one of the biggest suprises of this bike. Of course, my pals like to joke that it's because there's so little HP being pushed through the tire....:D

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  12. EricD10563

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    I have about 17k on my current front tire now and think it will be good for another 2-3k miles, got 22k out of the last one, I don't tend to wear them down to the bone. My current rear has 10k and looks almost new, I've gotten nothing but great mileage from these tires and I currently have 61k on the bike. BTW my first front tire cupped after 11k miles and was replaced, unfortunately for me it was before HD started the recall and I was impressed with 11k miles now I know how many miles you can really get. After more than 61k miles it would be hard sell for me to switch to a different tire, I've been nothing but impressed with these tires from wear to performance, extremely predictable no sudden breaking lose or anything like that, for the job their designed to do it's the best tires I've had.

    BTW nothing has seemed to change after upgrades but I'm not a bar hopper or stop light racer.
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  13. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info.

    Yes, I'm not interested in any other brands after my experience. Nice work, Dunlop!

    My oldest brother is eyeing a pair of similar tires for his Wing.

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    g_e_young Been here awhile

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    Great write-up, thanks. There's a reason Harley sells so damn many bikes. Their bikes work.

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  15. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Great thread. Thank you for sharing.

    Loving my '11 Softail Deluxe. Celebrating our 1yr anniversary this weekend.

    Have fun, Mark H.
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  16. Tom Herold

    Tom Herold Ugh...

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    I put 1200 miles on my Electra Glide last weekend on a run from Austin through Big Bend in temps ranging from 101 on the boarder, to 37 and rain in Fort Davis as I was heading home.

    I had to laugh when on I-20, loaded with a pillion and luggage, both of us in full gear and rain suits passing a trailer with two FJR's a C14 and a scooter.... and Harleys only sit in the garage....


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  17. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    Nice thread.

    Gotta say, though, changing the fueling mixture to avoid lean condition and get more HP, AND getting higher fuel mileage seems like a contradiction to me.

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  18. sargev55

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    im with ya on that one, although it depends entirely on how it is tuned. it might be set slightly lean at highway speed and get some kick ass mileage, and at the same time, depending on throttle position to give max power.


    my bike is carb'd, and my 95 turbo eclipse has a piggy back fuel trim computer. things get weird sometimes :D
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  19. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    Love the pic!

    I saw a lot of this in my last two-way jaunt across the country. I saw Harleys being trailered...but I also saw as many (or more!) bikes being trailered..

    I was polite. I just wagged my finger at them...not my middle finger.

    Again, in my nearly 5,000 mile ride across the county in October, I'd guess on the open road it was 80 percent harley, 15 percent Wing, and five percent other.

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  20. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    I can see the lure of the dark side. With the Dunlops, I don't see the need, at this point. I think naysayers of the Darksides are just worrywarts. Car tires seem fine for the back of heavy touring bikes.

    I'm gonna go with another Dunlop. Maybe in another 20,000 miles I'll go Darkside.

    As to the Road Glide Ultra: it is a terrific bike. So much personality, so much room to stretch out. It's like a trusty dog...it has its flaws, but it's very very enjoyable.

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