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Oh No - Not Tires

Discussion in 'Cal 1400 8V' started by abbienormal, Jun 4, 2014.

  1. kiwi dave

    kiwi dave GT Reference

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    It's a bike with lots of low down torque, and it is exhilarating it use it. But this comes at the cost of rear tire wear. Sometimes I can observe my traction light glow momentarily, which means the rear tire is losing traction. Not conducive to long tire life.

    Is it any wonder the front tire lasts much longer than the rear? (unless you're also into stoppies?)
     
  2. blakbird

    blakbird Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    I'm on my third rear tire and second front.

    Approaching 11k Mikes

    1st 2 rear tires good for apprix 3,750 miles, 6,035 kms, each. To be fair 2nd was punctured by a sharp rock in a construction zone.
    3rd Metzler 888 is approaching 3,750 looks like it's got about 2k miles left in it.

    1st front replaced at approx 7,500k miles, probably had about 1.5k miles. Local dealership gave me a good deal on a set of Metzler 888's and mounted the front foc.

    I really like the Metzler 888's, good match for my riding style. They stick well, TC lights rarely seen, and the chicken strips dissapear quickly.

    Your mileage may differ ;-)
     
  3. Didier

    Didier Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I had a Harley Davidson with a lot of torque and the rear tire last 32000 km. I order a Brigestone hope it will last longer.
     
  4. kiwi dave

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    32000 kM (=20,000 Miles)? That's impressive. You're obviously more gentle on the throttle and brake than I am.
     
  5. just James

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    The stock rear tire was worn out at 6,500 miles, so I mounted a 195/65-16 to see if it would last better. So far ,I have about 3,000 miles on it with zero discernible wear. Very little difference in the way the bike handles, and it seems to ride a little more smoothly than with the stock tire.

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  6. Jim-w

    Jim-w Just got it firing!

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    Hi Just James I see you are using a car tyre can I assume you have a sidecar mounted, would love to see a picture of your set up if possible.
    Cheers Jim.
     
  7. just James

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    Hi Jim.
    No, I don't have a sidecar. I had heard a lot of both good and bad about darksiding and decided to give it a try. So far, I have been very pleasantly surprised. I don't want to go on about it here, as some people get upset when it is mentioned.
     
  8. Jim-w

    Jim-w Just got it firing!

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    Hi James
    I see, well if it works for you why not. I won't attempt it myself roads far too twisty here in the UK. Be nice to get similar mileage out of a bike tyre though.
    Jim.
     
  9. roadventure

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    Yes, pretty normal. Sad, but normal.
     
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  10. Guzzi_Lou

    Guzzi_Lou Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Who's telling you that "it's gone" or is that your observation?

    I ask because I find dealers want to have you replace the tires when there's still plenty of life left in them from what I can see. Seems to me it's a quick-buck scheme for them - just my observation so far.
     
  11. kiwi dave

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    I have to confess to seeing canvas on a couple of occasions. Once with the wife on the back. Needless to say, I didn't tell her and made it home.
     
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    Yes my obvervation there is about 800 miles left on the tire.
     
  13. Mark Howard

    Mark Howard Just got it firing!

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    I was the manager of a tire store in the late 70's that did truing and profiling for scca car racing tires. If you can find a shop that has that capability, you could have an auto tire profiled for a motorcycle. Not sure who would have the equipment anymore but a shop that handles auto racing tires should be able to point you in the right direction. Would love to see someone try it.
     
  14. Didier

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    So wich one last longer Avon or Brigestone ?
     
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    Don't know. Try both and report back. ;)
     
  16. James Chance

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    I put a set of Avon Cobras on my 2014 Cali 1400 Custom at 6000 miles. Now at 14050. Rear picked up a screw 500 miles ago. While it was off the bike for repair, as it was noticeably worn, I opted to just go ahead and replace it.. Probably could've gotten another 1000 miles at least, as the front still has a fair amount of tread left. And they made a huge improvement in handling over the stock POS Dunlops......
     
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    For now I have a set of Brigestone, will see how long they last.
     
  18. Didier

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    And if they don't last I will go with Avon Venom.
     
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    Agreed. The Avon tires I have used on a variety of bikes have always had a good feel to them and, unfortunately, I have also found that they perform very well in the rain
     
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  20. Kevin Ballowe

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    We have a Cali 1400 Custom and also an Eldorado 1400. The Eldo is more nimble than the Cali, and so I was debating if that 200mm tire on the Cali was a contributing factor to the Cali's reluctance to lay over in the curves.

    On the Cali, I was debating a rear Bridgestone BT-020 200/60-16 and a front Bridgestone Exedra G709130/70-18. Alternatively, a set of the Bridgestone Exedra Max tires, in those sizes. But, I am open to suggestions. We have a tire changer, so extreme tire longevity is far down on the priority list.

    The 180/65-16 size for the rear is very tempting because (maybe) the Cali would be a bit more nimble with a narrower rear tire.
     
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