How much longer for this tire

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by davidji, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    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.

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    Sorry if I put this in the wrong forum.
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  2. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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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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  3. discochris

    discochris Long timer

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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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  4. doxiedog

    doxiedog Been here awhile

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    That maypop has very few more miles,do a burn out and shitcan it. :D
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  5. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    That tire was done a while ago. You got your money's worth for sure.
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  6. Bbasso

    Bbasso my name is Rob

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    When in doubt, replace.
    Especially with tires on motorcycles.
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  7. rpmwfo

    rpmwfo Been here awhile

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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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  8. Gham

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    All of the above,replace or regret,your choice.
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  9. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Long timer

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    You already know the answer...
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  10. joexr

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    That tire is only as thick in the center as a dime. :deal
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  11. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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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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  12. DesmoDog

    DesmoDog Desmo's my dog

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    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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  13. Blakebird

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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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  14. Disco Stu

    Disco Stu I'm Barry F'n Gibb!!

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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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  15. joexr

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    If he does this both sides , he may get 16 or 20 miles !:lol3
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  16. ST-DocLizard1

    ST-DocLizard1 Serial Monogamist

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    The only thing between you and the pavement is the equivalent of a baloney skin.

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    Well do ya?
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  17. Full Power

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    That tire owes you NOTHING.
    Remove it immediately.
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  18. rpmwfo

    rpmwfo Been here awhile

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    I'd give it a shot and ride it to the tire shop. No way I would try riding the weekend on it.
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  19. Randy

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    Ah hell! Get every last inch out of it! Miles=$.

    Bunch of pussies! :puke1
































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  20. joexr

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    If you go fast enough , the tire will stay up after it loses pressure.:lol3
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