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post #1 of 24 Old 12-03-2010, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Stock Tire Mileage

I'm just curious what people are getting out of their stock Front and Rear tires and what kind of riding they do.

My rear is almost ready to be replaced and it's about 3k miles old. I do mostly highway commuting to and from work, 20 miles to and from each day with a bit of dirt here and there.

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That's about it! 3K and they are toast. I've heard of a couple of people (I'm one) who took them to 4K, but never anyone who made 5K.

Almost nobody buys another one. I know one guy who did 'cuz he liked the way they handled (they're not bad!) but not a third one.

There are plenty of tires that will go 10K, maybe more, and they don't have to be expensive. I ride the Kenda K761 and got 9K out of the first rear and am still running the front with 15K on it. You can buy a pair for a benjie with free shipping from motorcyclesuperstore.

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Ok, that's good info to know. When I bought it at 6k, it had a bald rear and I wish I'd known that about the mileage on the stockers.
5k-9k seems much better.

So more info on tires please. Xmas is coming up!!!

ps. Any thoughts on how those kendas handle on and off road compared to the stocks?

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Sweet!!

Actually, your entire post was PERFECT, but I didn't feel like making someone read through it all over again..

My stocker rear made it 2900, barely.. Since then I've tried a lot of other stuff. My favorite was the Michelin Anakee, but I can buy a full set of 761's and a couple cases of beer for the price just one rear Anakee..

When my current set of 761's are toast, I'll be replacing them with another set of 761's.. (and running the same tires, two times in a row is really rare for me)
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I'm going to imagine the Kenda 761 handles really nicely on pavement compared to the stock. How's it do on say...Sonoran desert, because I thought the stock tires did rather well.

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You know my hunting grounds.

I've found the K761s to be passable on a gravelish road, but prefer the K270s for the sandy stuff or really rocky stuff. They make me pee my pants on pavement, though.

I ran the Dunlops in the desert; I'd say the K761s are comparable.

The K761s do pretty well on pavement, even in the wet. Probably not the best in the wet, but with care you'll get by. You're probably wondering what "wet" is. Some parts of the world have this stuff they call "rain", which makes shrubbery turn green. I don't think I've ever seen it over your way.

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I was just telling someone here at the office how you entertain me in every post...if not totally derailing it off topic. You've done well today. Extra beers and meat for you tonight!
Actually, I'm always edgy riding when it does rain here because it rains so infrequently, I'm horrified that the roads will be pure oil slick for the first hour or so. But, after a couple days of rain, I've found that the stock tires do quite well...Wait! No I lied. I remember the back being slippy.
It rains so infrequently here, I ride like a scared baby in it. But, if it's summer rain and there's no traffic, I sure do enjoy it.
So, back to tires. They'll make me scrape my pegs more than ever on the pavement and I'll get the back end a bit sloppier than normal around dirt full throttle sweepers with the kenda eh?

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I guess I should say, I want the "I want it all!" tire. Good highway mileage, respectable street and off road handling. But, I know I can't get it all. I can only dream.

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