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Old 11-04-2012, 12:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How many miles can you get on a rear tire?

I'm new, but learning that riding my Fat Bob may be as expensive as driving my truck. I've got 11,000 miles total seat time but I've bought 2 rear tires and one front tire. Pretty expensive. Then I hear I may wear out a rear tire at 4,000 miles...2 rears for every front tire. Then I met a rider at a dealership and he said he got 10,000 easy on his rear tires. I'd like to hear what some of you get on a rear tire...Thanks.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I averaged 10k when I had my sporty, and I got about 8k on the dresser with Dunlops. I put a Michelin on the dresser and usually get 11k. Both on the rear. I got about 20k on the fronts.

A lot of it depends on how hard you are on the throttle.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It is also according to what kind of tire you buy. There is a trade off between long life and gripping the road. Touring tires (harder rubber) last longer, but don't grip as well as sport tires (softer compound). I've been using softer compounds in recent years. I want the extra safety of a tire that grips the road when it is wet. I accept the tire will not last as long.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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06 EG Classic, 12K on rear. 24K on front riding mostly 2up. Not much agressive riding though.
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It is also according to what kind of tire you buy. There is a trade off between long life and gripping the road. Touring tires (harder rubber) last longer, but don't grip as well as sport tires (softer compound). I've been using softer compounds in recent years. I want the extra safety of a tire that grips the road when it is wet. I accept the tire will not last as long.
Mike's right. Proper inflation is also important.

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Old 11-04-2012, 06:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm new, but learning that riding my Fat Bob may be as expensive as driving my truck. I've got 11,000 miles total seat time but I've bought 2 rear tires and one front tire. Pretty expensive. Then I hear I may wear out a rear tire at 4,000 miles...2 rears for every front tire. Then I met a rider at a dealership and he said he got 10,000 easy on his rear tires. I'd like to hear what some of you get on a rear tire...Thanks.
Ive got as many as 18,000 on a rear tire, front 24,000
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've averaged 8-10k out of the stock Dunlops in the rear, put a commander II on the last time around. Bout 5k miles so far and it barely looks worn. I think it will do much better than the last ones. As for the front, just hit 47k on the original front tire. Still has just over 3/32 on it but its starting to wear unevenly. Ill probably swap it out the next time I do the rear.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Mileage on a rear tire depends on the tire pressure, temp, brake/shift usage, rider style, and how they use the tire. 7k to 15k,, it's up to the rider.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:57 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:52 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I got 8K on a rear and 16K on a front on my previous bike, a fatboy, with the stock dunlops. I've got 11k on the rear on my roadglide with the new dual compound tire. Appears I'll get as much as 15K on it. I'm not an aggressive rider, and keep 38 psi in the front and 40 psi in the rear.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:27 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Dealership said to me.they're getting guys with 22k on tires... they said check psi weekly...front 36 rear 40...

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Old 11-05-2012, 08:29 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I get 5000 to 5500 on the rear and 10,000 to 12,000 on the front, using Dunlop tires.
I like the traction and willing to change more often on my Fatboy.
I also have a 2012 Electra Glide with only 3500 miles on it not sure how long those tires will last. But my riding buddys with the touring bikes are getting over 10,000 miles on Dunlops in the rear.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:38 AM   #13 (permalink)
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As you've read from all the replies above it depends on just about every factor you can think of. For safety reasons, as well as wear and tread life, overall I feel proper inflation is critical. Rubber compound probably effects the longevity of the tire more than anything, in my opinion. It is not a far reach to expect 12-15k miles from a touring tire, and 7-8K miles from a sport tire under normal riding. I would like to test a "Varied Compound" Tire. Say A hard compound in the middle and gradually softens to the outside. This would give longevity with the hard compound, and stronger grip to the for the twisties.
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:41 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Dealership said to me.they're getting guys with 22k on tires... they said check psi weekly...front 36 rear 40...

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The dealership told you right.. On the Newish 407/408's tire compound that's what to expect on mileage. That's why Michelin had to come up with a tire to compete with the Dunlop's... The Commander II's.....
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I have 18k miles and still have some tread left on the rear, and even more tread remains on the front. Hard to believe but true. Ride a lot of two lane try to stay of the concrete slab. Almost always 2 up when riding.
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