10k and still going on a set of avon roadriders on my F650 beemer. Mind you even miss daisy would ask me too speed up!
MOTOTRCYCLISTS ... how many miles out of your tyres?
Suspension checked... ROFLMAO. Sorry, do you know what I ride?
Thanks all. Some suggestion of suspension/forks not helping. The bike is a 1997 and in good nick, sails thru its MOT each year and the garage (a good reputation) has 'bounced' the front forks / checked the headset and said all's good. I replaced the rear shock 2 years back.
How would / could poor suspension cause such heavy tyre wear? Genuinely interested, and would be keen to know pre asking a garage to assess?
'bounced' the front forks / checked the headset and said all's good???
Time to get the spanners out methinks. Grease your head bearings and change the fork oil for starters, don't rely on some "chap" bouncin them up n down!. Have you looked at the rear suss links an greased those. Do it yourself and you will have a better understanding of what makes your bike tick - same can be said of your Bicycle bits as well.
Tyres - Maxxis supersports 6-8000 miles on a GSXF 750 (an only a wee chicken strip!) Best tyres alongside Avon storms I ever put on the bike, an in 10 years I have had most types on the bike- Metzlers (3 something) were by far and a way the worst, especially in the wet - v/scary.
Oh aye! forgot to add, after checking you have correct tyre pressure, soft underdamped suspension will promote massive tyre wear. Next time you see some hero with bits of rubber hanging off his tyre, its got little to do with his "exciting" riding style, and more to do with his clueless fiddling with rebound/compression damping.
Follow him and see what I mean - bet he can't hold a line and weaves all over the shop.
b r - yep, my rhs of the front tyre is more worn than left, noticeably!
There's your answer - now go buy something other than Bridgestone.
Not sure of the reasons why a bad suspension setup will cause more tyre wear, but its well known: Google
I have actually just remembered my original tyres on current sportsbike were BT016s and the front did wear very quickly. But BT016 should not last anywhere near as long as a sports tourer tyre like yours, and by the sounds of your riding I was most probably riding a little more err progressively than you
I suspect one of the answers regarding front suspension set up is that most people forget about the oil in there. It very slowly gets worse so is never noticed.
Then, when changing the oil yo usee it is all grey and horrible looking - put nice new oil in and it suddenly transforms the front end...
It's a really easy job but just gets neglected by an awful lot of people.
fwiw and thanks to all. Went to another garage, explained the tyre situation and asked them to thoroughly check the bike for possible cause. They agreed the RHS was more worn (me riding lots of roundabouts was their suggestion!), and surprised at how quick they've worn. They checked the bike over and:
- all good
- headset bearings smooth and no play
- front sus slightly soft for a track day / hacking ride, but good for my weight and riding situation (mild commuting) - no suggestion of resetting even on my prompting
- rear sus good
- front brakes good and pulling evenly
Despite a thorough check, and without pulling the bike apart, they had no suggestion as to why.
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