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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 01-15-2017, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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So you might call this a newbie question but I have to ask anyhow.
Just a ballpark estimate, how many miles should I expect to get out of my stock Dunlops?
I ride a fltru with about 7800 miles on now and this spring I will ride the Run for the wall ride to DC. About 8500 miles round trip since I live near Seattle. Should I expect to make the trip or plan on spending some time at a tire shop? Rusty

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I get about 18-20k on average. I get the same mileage out of Dunlop OEM, Michelin Commander II and Dunlop American Elites.


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On my FLTRUSE I get 15-20k on the front 10k rear on the Dunlops .. mostly 2 up riding.

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So you might call this a newbie question but I have to ask anyhow.
Just a ballpark estimate, how many miles should I expect to get out of my stock Dunlops?
I ride a fltru with about 7800 miles on now and this spring I will ride the Run for the wall ride to DC. About 8500 miles round trip since I live near Seattle. Should I expect to make the trip or plan on spending some time at a tire shop? Rusty
15-20 k is the average on Dual compound tires.

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When you tour, knowing how many miles a tire can go sure it handy. I have changed too many tires early because I didn't want to find out I hit the cords 2000 miles from home. So far I have only changed 3 tires while on the road. I have had to ride up to 250 miles to get a tire that would work with the bike I was riding. My local dealer is ridiculous when it comes to tires. They quoted me just shy of $1000 to change both tires on the RGU with OEM Dunlops if I bring the bike to them.

Of course we all know there are many factors that wear out a tire so it is hard to estimate your wear based on others experiences.

- Road surface temperature
- Road surface material
- number of miles of straight road verses curvy roads
- how hard you accelerate
- how hard you brake
- If your a stereotypical cruiser rider who only uses the rear brake pedal.
- Average speed you ride
- How much load you put on the bike.
- Highway, vs Backroads, vs City riding.
- How fastidious you are about air pressure.

At one local dealer I saw this pile of tires outside the shop. Many people take way to many chances with their motorcycle tires.
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It all depends on your riding style but on the average I would say 15,000 miles. If you're thinking about taking a long road trip and your tire is 1/2 worn out I would just change it out for a new tire, IMO why take a chance on having tire problems and having your trip interrupted. Now there's always a chance that you pick up something in your tire and it going flat, that can happen to any tire weather it is old or new.
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So you might call this a newbie question but I have to ask anyhow.
Just a ballpark estimate, how many miles should I expect to get out of my stock Dunlops?
I ride a fltru with about 7800 miles on now and this spring I will ride the Run for the wall ride to DC. About 8500 miles round trip since I live near Seattle. Should I expect to make the trip or plan on spending some time at a tire shop? Rusty

There'll be some prime riding around here, at least to the West down though few venture over the passes till the end of March and you'll be heading out early May.

Depending on if you have T&W or ESP both, could be advantageous.

I think of it as 'mass balance'
Where's the mass of the tire go as
the tire gets lighter as friction wear
or emmisions in tire VOC's create a atmosphere for riding?

Mostly it's the 'pressure inside meeting the pressure outside

Then ya compound it proportional
and weathe.r bar it's time
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I did not beat on my last Dunlop rear ('13 RGC) and got 17k out of it... But I have a feeling that the M8 is leaving quite a bit more rubber on the road than the 103 did.

My opinion is that tires are something You shouldn't skimp on- big safety issue. If I were going cross country and there was any doubt at all, I would just bite the bullet and throw on new sneakers before the trip.

Also, Fwiw- Look into the Ride-on option for balance and flat insurance... well worth it just for peace of mind on a trip like that.

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Thanks for all the advice guys, FWIW,,,,,,,,,,,before I leave town, I plan on doing a few conditioning rides to break in my backside so a 10k pre trip service will be in order. Cheap insurance would include a tire replacement as well. Thanks again,Rusty
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Another good thing to know is if your travelling on a HD and you pull in for a service or tires at a dealership, you will receive preferential treatment. Basically if your from out of town you go to the front of the line!

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