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post #1 of 21 Old 08-19-2009, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Original tires--How many miles?

I have a recently purchased '08 with 3000 miles on the original tires, and the rear has significant wear. I was wondering how many miles other riders had gotten from these tires. Is there significant safe milage left when the "knobby" part has worn off the center rubber?

On an unrelated subject, does anyone know a supplier of the Eagle fork brace (the one with the tapped holes for a lowered fender, which I would like to do}? I have tried an email to Eagle from the website, and also am trying to order from "A Vicious Cycle" in Canada without any luck so far.

Thanks, Ray
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I have a recently purchased '08 with 3000 miles on the original tires, and the rear has significant wear. I was wondering how many miles other riders had gotten from these tires. Is there significant safe milage left when the "knobby" part has worn off the center rubber?

On an unrelated subject, does anyone know a supplier of the Eagle fork brace (the one with the tapped holes for a lowered fender, which I would like to do}? I have tried an email to Eagle from the website, and also am trying to order from "A Vicious Cycle" in Canada without any luck so far.

Thanks, Ray
I got about 4800 out of the rear stocky, Still had another 500 or more but I changed it out at that time due to a road trip i was taking. That Tire was good on the street, but it SUX in the mud. I still have my original stocky and have just turned 7300 miles on it. I belive I may be able to get 9 or 10,000 out of the front. It's great on the street and ok in the sand gravel when I air down..but it SUX in the mud!!!

I replaced my rear with a kenda 270 and have been pleased with it, It's about 1/2 way worn down now. I will put another on the rear, Not sure about what I will replace the front with though.
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post #3 of 21 Old 08-20-2009, 01:18 PM
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I have heard as low as 1500 miles and as high as 5800. My 07 has 4200 on it and I plan to change out the rear today or tomorrow. I still have a bit of tread on it and it may go another thousand but I hear most of the flats are on the last 10% of tire life. I do a bit of dirt and gravel roads and just don't want to chance it.

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I ran my rear stock over the limit to around 5,500. It really depends on your nutsack or being stupid enough like me to push it that long. I think the rear was probably done around 4,500. The front had plenty left which is usually the case with any set of tires. It really depends on your riding style. How fast you take off, how fast you stop, what terrain you ride. This is why you'll see different mileages from every rider. I didn't think the stock tires were all that bad overall except for their mileage. They were definitely easy to put on and take off, they practically changed themselves.
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Thanks guys I'm gonna shoot for 4000. Does it not really matter if front and rear are the same brand and type? I read somewhere that handling problems can result if they are not the same...not true?
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I don't think it's true unless you are talking a major difference in style. Like the front having a stock dunlop and the rear being more of a knobby or vice versa.
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post #7 of 21 Old 08-23-2009, 10:13 AM
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I only got 3000 on my original tires as well. I have Mefo's now and they are going strong with 4,000 miles on them.
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post #8 of 21 Old 08-23-2009, 12:54 PM
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I've still got my stock front on and an Avon Gripster on the back. I like it.




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I've got 4,300 miles on mine and probably couldn't get much more than 500 additional miles out of them. Per the recommendations of some of the forum members, I just got some Kenda's I'm about to put on. I recall reading somewhere that 80-90% of all flats occur during the last 10% of a tires life, so I think a lot of aggravation can be avoided by changing out the tires a bit early.
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Eagle Mike question.

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I have a recently purchased '08 with 3000 miles on the original tires, and the rear has significant wear. I was wondering how many miles other riders had gotten from these tires. Is there significant safe milage left when the "knobby" part has worn off the center rubber?

On an unrelated subject, does anyone know a supplier of the Eagle fork brace (the one with the tapped holes for a lowered fender, which I would like to do}? I have tried an email to Eagle from the website, and also am trying to order from "A Vicious Cycle" in Canada without any luck so far.

Thanks, Ray
No one answered the other question so I will this is Mikes email. [email protected] I prefer to order from him, that way he gets full amount instead of the middle man being included. http://www.eagle-m-e.com/ is the website, you will see the link to klr products. If you want to use a UFO style fender you wil have to cut the sides of the fender. But if you are just using the stock or similar there is a little less work, but, I think they look odd. IMO.

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