Tire wear, front vs rear.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by KoolBreeze, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. KoolBreeze

    KoolBreeze Been here awhile

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    I've read on here numerous times that rears typically wear about twice as fast as fronts. well for whatever reason I'm not always experiencing this... first couple sets seemed close, with the rear wearing slightly faster, but nowhere near twice. in fact when it's time to replace the rear there was little point in not replacing the front at the same time. bike's a r1200gs and it's often quite loaded down using the three vario cases fairly filled.

    basically curious why my wear on the front vs rear seems so different than what I read about.
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  2. joexr

    joexr Banned

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    You ride at a moderate pace and tend to brake hard. Where are your tires wearing? What do they look like?
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  3. Mr_Snips

    Mr_Snips Husky BRAAAAAAAAP!

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    Depends on alot of things...the bike, how its loaded, how you ride, what tires.

    IE. on my ktm 990 i killed a nobbie tire in under 1000 miles on the rear but the front was still good to go and just looking broken in.

    Too many variables for a 1 size fits all answer to this one.
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    Twice exacly here, because I have acceleration, breaking, engine breaking and more weight on the rear, on my particular motorcycle.

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  5. IgoFar

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    My GS goes through two rear tires, 10 to 12k per tire, to one front tire. On the other hand, my RT wore both tires at the same time, about 12 to 14k. I figure it's got something to do with weight bias.
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    I'mma freak, I usually wear the front out 1st. :dunno
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  7. Albie

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    Really depends on the bike. That 2 to 1 pretty much holds true for me with DS bikes. On a sport bike it's about 1.5 to 1. On a big heavy powerful bike like a Busa, I wore out the fronts quicker then the rear.
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  8. KoolBreeze

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    an example.

    judging by the fact there's still tread remaining, I expect that I changed a bit soon... both times I've swapped tires I did so before heading out and I didn't want to worry about wearing out a tire away from home so I changed before leaving.
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  9. joexr

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    Hell , half of the tires have never touched the road.:rofl
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  10. KoolBreeze

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    ok... the other day I was reading a thread on here and a guy mentioned he needs to stop braking before turns so much. I don't quite understand why. yes I do brake but then try to ride through at a fair speed, accelerating out when it makes sense. (sort of like I do when driving cars) so yea I brake to scrub off speed... cause if I don't and enter too hot I don't want to brake in the turn. I also don't use the rear brake much (believe the front and rear on this bike are tied in anyway) as when I downshift the rear tire breaks loose from engine compression enough as it is. (that and it pops sharply to the right which I don't want to do when in a turn. although I'm pretty used to it by now)

    idk... I spend most of my miles driving down freeways. (sucks) and loaded down, solo with gear in side and top boxes. mile after mile after mile. I do try to take two lane as much as feasible but most often it's unavoidable. (sd to lb, impossible. sd to 29 palms... i can get in a lot of two lane as time warrants)
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  11. KoolBreeze

    KoolBreeze Been here awhile

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    and... for some reason I'm still not wearing the rears down twice as fast as the front. or at least it seems. or am I missing something?
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  12. joexr

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    You don't have to do all of your braking before a turn , but most of it. You can brake in or through a turn , but not as hard because some of the available traction is be used by turning. Same thing accellerating out.
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  13. joexr

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    Your rear looks more worn than the front , but it's still not down to the wear indicators. I can't see them on the front , but it doesn't look bad at all.
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  14. Grreatdog

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    I run knobbies and tend to steer with my right wrist offroad. So I am at more like three to four rear tires per front. :lol3
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  15. aterry1067

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    Same for me on the RT.
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    My front wear out before my rear as I have put a new front on not long ago and my rear is getting there. It seems I go thought 2 fronts to 1 rear.
    It's trail attacks on a r100gs.
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  17. DC2wheels

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    A few years ago I had a Concours C-14 for a summer (took just that long for me to decide wasn't what I wanted).

    The front OEM rubber was trash by 4000 miles, so both were changed out.

    The PR2 pair that replaced them were toast after 6000 miles. Again the front was worn more.

    That was my first experience with something other that 1 front lasting for 2 rears.
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  18. Jacl-Kampuchea

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    On my AX-1 (Honda 250 road/trail bike), I am on my fifth rear to the same front. That said, it's due for a new front - but I want to make it last until I find a nice 19' tire and not the Taiwan shit usually found here in Cambodia.

    My EXC gets a new front every two rears, usually - though it depends on terrain.

    On scoots I usually change both at the same time.

    It's always going to vary depending on bike choice and riding style.
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  19. orangebear

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    They look about 5mm about that my rear has but I will be using it down to 2mm before I buy then fit my new one
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  20. achtung3

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    It all depends in how you ride your bike, aggressive or passive or if you carry a load often.

    Gone thru a few tires on different machines:

    My Honda Scooter pretty even.
    My K75S rear first but the front not much left, almost even.
    My R1150 Rockster, twice the front first, but loaded on a trip to Ak the rear at just over 5K and the front still good at 9k now.
    My MV F4 the front has worn out first, everytime.
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