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  • Offline JerseyJeff

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    front tire wear
    on: Jul 13, 2019, 04.50 am
    Jul 13, 2019, 04.50 am
    I just returned form a cross country tour, totaling just under 10K. miles. My front tire is worn out but the rear still has a few thousand to go. I put Michelin Piolet 5's on before I left because I heard they were long lasting. Not complaining, I know 10 thousand miles is a lot, but what concerns me is that the back tire has so much more tread. Isn't it usually one front replacement to two rear tires ? I was told by the dealer that the bike is front heavy, and because of the hot riding conditions, the front wore out faster.

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    Re: front tire wear
    Reply #1 on: Jul 13, 2019, 05.41 am
    Jul 13, 2019, 05.41 am
    The Trophy tends to get about the same mileage front and rear for me.  The rear will be more 'worn out' than the front, but the front tends to cup, so by the time that the rear is close to being done, the front is ready as well.  I'm guessing that reason your rear wore out faster may be that Michelin has not put out a 'GT' version of the Road 5 tire yet, which would be for heavier bikes such as the Trophy. I've never heard of hot weather having much of an effect, but I guess it's always possible.
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    Re: front tire wear
    Reply #2 on: Jul 13, 2019, 05.49 am
    Jul 13, 2019, 05.49 am
    Thanks Stoney, I'll be checking with another dealer as well.

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    Re: front tire wear
    Reply #3 on: Jul 13, 2019, 06.07 am
    Jul 13, 2019, 06.07 am
    I can't tell you to run higher pressures, because the bike may be more prone to sliding and that may cause ill health or even death, however I can tell you that on every bike I own I run 42 rear and 40 front. I wear out rears a little before fronts and I never get any of that evil cupping that PR3s and PR4s did. (Never used 5s)

    With all that said, I would be delighted with 10 000 miles (16000klms for me) out of any tyre, that would be good  :028:
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    Re: front tire wear
    Reply #4 on: Dec 26, 2019, 05.58 pm
    Dec 26, 2019, 05.58 pm
    I toasted a front tire this summer in under 4K miles, (Dunlop RS III) severe cupping. pretty common experience with my Trophy. 4-5K max on the fronts and up to 10 k with the rear.  I'm going to run 40 psi front, good to know someone else is doing the same.  no problems noticed yet
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    Re: front tire wear
    Reply #5 on: Dec 26, 2019, 08.03 pm
    Dec 26, 2019, 08.03 pm
    I run a pound or two of extra pressure in my tires all the time and the front always out lasts the back. Michelin PR 4 GT's is what I have been using. I would not consider the Trophy a heavy bike when compared to the Goldwing and the Harley cruisers. My guess would be that your front tire was a little low on air for your ride.

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    Re: front tire wear
    Reply #6 on: Dec 26, 2019, 10.15 pm
    Dec 26, 2019, 10.15 pm
    I would have to agree with teef.au in that I would be very happy with 10k miles [16,000 kms] out of tyres on the Trophy which is fairly front heavy. I also run two PSI more pressure in both tyres, recommended being 36 - 42, but am considering running higher in the front and thinking of putting a car tyre on the rear for better kilometres. I'm aware of the possible negative feedback I'll receive for even thinking about this, but it comes down the cost of two to three sets of tyres per year required to cover my FarRides and IBA rides.  :821: :158:
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    Re: front tire wear
    Reply #7 on: Feb 06, 2020, 11.26 pm
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    The last time I went to change my tires the dealer told me to stick with the Pilot Road 4 GTís as the 5ís didnít have a GT yet that was in October.

    I get around 10,000 miles from mine and run 39psi front and 40psi rear normal load, 42psi heavy load.
    I have found that smooth roads ď Nice asphalt ď The front tire last a lot longer.
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