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So who, if anyone, has burned through their first rear (& or front)
tire(s)?

I am approaching 3,000 miles on my first set and my upcoming trip will add another 3,000.

Am I going to make it through without getting new rubber?

My worse bike for rubber, so far, was the Triumph Rocket 3. But I could squeeze 7,000 miles out of a rear before the cords began to show. So I hope this bike will make the distance.
 

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A Rocket weighs just under a metric tonne (Slightly more than a Harley), so you should get plenty of miles out of the tyres on a nice light Scrambler!
 

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A Rocket weighs just under a metric tonne (Slightly more than a Harley), so you should get plenty of miles out of the tyres on a nice light Scrambler!
I've had 2 Rockets. I don't need to know their weight. I need to know if anyone has 6,000 miles or more on a Scrambler with OEM tires.

There is more to tire wear than weight. The softer compounds stick well but wear fast. Even on a lighter bike. The OEM tires on my Street Triple wore out fast...then I switched to a sport touring tire and that lasted well.

And there does not seem to be too much availability, as yet, for these special purpose Pirellies.
 

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You've been doing some riding! I'd be afraid to bank on 6000. Hope folks with more miles chime in so you'll have a better idea what to expect.

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Decisions, decisions...I have one day in between getting suspension and seat modified before I rendezvous with fastwoman for the Appalacian Scramble ride.

I will be in the perfect location to get a new rear tire @ Competition Accessories (a Ducati dealer) in Dayton, Ohio.

Then I will not have to worry about it wearing out during the trip.

But I'd really like to get more miles on it than about 3,300....and if it is only going to wear out a 4 grand...do I really want another one?

Seems like a longer lasting sport touring tire may be my next choice.

But maybe just bite the bullet and put on a new Pirelli and reevaluate things at the 7,000 mile service.

On the other hand, I could wait and get a tire in the middle of the App' Scramble ride. There is a great place near the Tail of the Dragon (Wheeler's Performance) where I have gotten tires several other times for previous bikes.
 

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Whichever option you go with, Ogre, I'd try to reserve a tire at that dealership, maybe pay for it in advance, to make sure they actually have one for you when you need it.
 

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Whichever option you go with, Ogre, I'd try to reserve a tire at that dealership, maybe pay for it in advance, to make sure they actually have one for you when you need it.
I am going to push its limits and see what happens.

The rear size 180/55 17 is a pretty common size, so I think I will find something to fit, if the stocker can't go the distance.

If the tire can't make it to a 7,000 mile service interval, I don't want another like it anyway.
 

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I can't remember ever getting more than 3500 miles from a rear tyre, 2k on the softer compounds.
It used to be two rears to one front, in recent years they are designed to wear down and get replaced together, I change mine @ 2mm.
My Diavel had 12000 miles on the clock and was on it's 6th set, I expect the Scrambler to be a bit better but not by much.
 

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I can't remember ever getting more than 3500 miles from a rear tyre, 2k on the softer compounds.
It used to be two rears to one front, in recent years they are designed to wear down and get replaced together, I change mine @ 2mm.
My Diavel had 12000 miles on the clock and was on it's 6th set, I expect the Scrambler to be a bit better but not by much.
That sounds about right for sport bike tires but sport touring can double that at least.

The tire specialist @ Comp Acc told me it should go 7,500 miles if the pressure is carefully maintained.

I find that hard to believe but I am sure I can make it to Wheeler's and will get fresh rubber there, if needed.

My favorite place for tires...

Wheelers Performace Motorcycle Parts and Repair located near the Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap Cherohala Skyway and Moonshiner28. 828-479-4998
 

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I was on the Dragon a couple of years ago Ogre, be sure to take some pics please, :D

I don't mind wearing tyres out, we're very lucky today having these softer compound tyres that give us so much enjoyment :rolleyes:
Like I said 3.5 to 4.thousand miles on my rear , max, ;) the front's not looking to brilliant either :(
 

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I was on the Dragon a couple of years ago Ogre, be sure to take some pics please, :D

I don't mind wearing tyres out, we're very lucky today having these softer compound tyres that give us so much enjoyment :rolleyes:
Like I said 3.5 to 4.thousand miles on my rear , max, ;) the front's not looking to brilliant either :(
I will try and get some pictures...maybe I will bring GoPro as well.

Thursday 25, June will be Dragon Day on the App Scramble...2 weeks from today!

I am hoping my Dart will be waiting at the Post Office, when I get home from the beach.

I will only be home 3 days before starting my big ride. Wednesday, PA - IL to see SB Ken on Thursday.

Friday IL-IN to get seat mod.

Sat. IN-OH, then Sun. OH-VA to meet fastwoman.

THEN A DAILY DIET OF TWISTIES FOR A WEEK!!!

Oh yeah, gettin psyched!
 

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The kind of roads you ride on and the type of riding you do has a marked effect on tyre life. The last rear tyre on my MTS1200 lasted 5,500 miles, the one before that 7,038 miles. The difference was that the previous one had done around 2,500 miles around Europe. Riding lots of motorway miles, the tyres last a long time because they are largely at a constant speed with no big acceleration and braking. This may be why we see such huge tyre lives claimed by US riders.
RIding here in Scotland though they usually have a much shorter life because the roads are twisty ( much more on the throttle and brakes) and with abrasive surfaces. Until I tried Michelin Pilot Roads I seldom got much more than about 4,000 on any rear tyre and maybe about 6,000 on the fronts.
I wonder how the Pirellis on the Scrambler will fare?
 

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The same also in Switzerland
With my last Pirelli Angel GT (Touring Sport Tire) i made only 4000km on front and rear


Herzlich grüsst
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Yes, You are not wrong Derek, most if not all my riding is done on minor roads with all the bendy bits, and some of the roads are flat with a very rough aggregate surface that just has to wear tyres out pretty fast,

I've not been on motorways or many duel carriage ways,

Welcome to the Forum Herzlich, good to have you with us, :cool:
 

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I remember when I bought an MT01 in 2006 (1700 V twin), The shop owners son said "Oh shit that thing gonna chew back tyres !"
I said "I fckn hope so"
 

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At the moment, I'm leaning towards a set of Michelin Pilot Road 3s...not off-roady but good wet/dry and dual coumpound to last better.
 

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At the moment, I'm leaning towards a set of Michelin Pilot Road 3s...not off-roady but good wet/dry and dual coumpound to last better.
I tend always to use Michelins unless it's for the Diavel in which case I have to use Pirelli as they're the only makers of the 240 rear.
I've tried both Pilot ROAD 3 and the new PR4 and can say they are pretty good, especially in the wet. What I can say is the PR4 squirms less under power while leaned over as the sipes don't go all the way to the edge. Also the 4 doesn't seem to go out of shape towards the end of it's life as much.
My Supermoto is on Pilot POWER 3 and the bigger 1290 Superduke is on Pilot ROAD 4, I will only be using Pilot POWER 3 2ct for all from now on as the wear is more uniform and don't need extreme wet weather grip.
 

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I tend always to use Michelins unless it's for the Diavel in which case I have to use Pirelli as they're the only makers of the 240 rear.
I've tried both Pilot ROAD 3 and the new PR4 and can say they are pretty good, especially in the wet. What I can say is the PR4 squirms less under power while leaned over as the sipes don't go all the way to the edge. Also the 4 doesn't seem to go out of shape towards the end of it's life as much.
My Supermoto is on Pilot POWER 3 and the bigger 1290 Superduke is on Pilot ROAD 4, I will only be using Pilot POWER 3 2ct for all from now on as the wear is more uniform and don't need extreme wet weather grip.
In the front stock size, 110/80 18
I could only find the PR 3s available.

The Pilot Powers & PR 4s would be options for the rear only.
 

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So who, if anyone, has burned through their first rear (& or front)
tire(s)?

I am approaching 3,000 miles on my first set and my upcoming trip will add another 3,000.

Am I going to make it through without getting new rubber?

My worse bike for rubber, so far, was the Triumph Rocket 3. But I could squeeze 7,000 miles out of a rear before the cords began to show. So I hope this bike will make the distance.
Not yet, but it is squaring off alarmingly! Don't think it will last anywhere near as long as the Bridgestone Qualifiers on one of my previous bikes which did nearly 6,000 miles.
 
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