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I often hear people say that there are some bikes that go through tires (especially the rear) very fast, like the Hayabusa.

I am fairly new to motorcycles (3 years now), and have never owned anything with much power, but I don't quite get it. Is there anything about these bikes, other than the high amounts of torque, that makes them more likely to wear out a tire?

I guess a better way to ask would be; if I had something, like a Hayabusa, and kept the RPM's very low, and never accelerated fast, would tires last as long on that bike as on any other?
 

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I guess a better way to ask would be; if I had something, like a Hayabusa, and kept the RPM's very low, and never accelerated fast, would tires last as long on that bike as on any other?
In theory yes, but impossible to practice! Powerful engines tend to make one's right wrist twitch... it is called accelerator tunnel syndrome.
 

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I cant get much over 3k out of tires on my Z1000. Its just the added power and the use of it. I romp on it everywhere I go. I had the same problem with the SV650, just wasnt as extreme. I couldnt get over 5k out of even the hardest tires.

Sport touring tires and a very gentle wrist can get you more life...but what fun is that...
 

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I often hear people say that there are some bikes that go through tires (especially the rear) very fast, like the Hayabusa.

I am fairly new to motorcycles (3 years now), and have never owned anything with much power, but I don't quite get it. Is there anything about these bikes, other than the high amounts of torque, that makes them more likely to wear out a tire?

I guess a better way to ask would be; if I had something, like a Hayabusa, and kept the RPM's very low, and never accelerated fast, would tires last as long on that bike as on any other?


you can take it easy and get tires to last longer, but truth of the matter is, heavier or more powerful bikes will wear tires faster.

as an example I never expect to get the milage out of a rear tire on my V-Strom 1000 as I did on my Sv650, the bike is heavier as well as more powerful

front tire on the strom last longer even though the bike is heavier, I think cause it's a 19" instead of an 17"
 

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I cant get much over 3k out of tires on my Z1000. Its just the added power and the use of it. I romp on it everywhere I go. I had the same problem with the SV650, just wasnt as extreme. I couldnt get over 5k out of even the hardest tires.

Sport touring tires and a very gentle wrist can get you more life...but what fun is that...
I don't know about the rest of you but on my bike the stock Dunlops were hard as rocks at 4300 miles with plenty of tread left on them. Honestly, they had given up their best performance 1000 miles earlier.

I replaced them with Pilot Powers and almost immediately noticed a big difference in performance and my own confidence in the bike.
 

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The other thing is, you don't buy a hayabusa with the intention of riding it everwhere gently and slowly, there'd be no point- if you buy The World's Fastest Production Bike That Isn't An MV, you're going to want to use that.

Honda Blackbirds don't have the same reputation for tyre-destroing, despite being fairly similiar bikes, because BB riders tend to be more into their long-distance capabilities than their tarmac-rippling prowess, even though they have bags of it.
 

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That makes sense, thanks. I would never advocate taking it easy just to save tires, I was just wondering if it is theoretically possible.
 

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I think it's both the rider, bike, and tire combo. I routinely get 12K off of a Z6 rear on my sv and 14K on the front. My friends would tell you I don't ride slowly. I weigh around 140lbs. When I had my FZ1, I rode even less slowly but got about 9K from a set of Z6 tires.
 

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More weight + more power = shorter life span.
 

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My TL eats a rear in 2000-2500
 

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my gsxr750 needed a rear tire before break in was over. i put like eight rear tires on it in 6,000 miles and five or six fronts. of course, that was back when i was living an apartment and renting a garage at the base of some local twisties. that bike hardly ever saw a traffic light.

side note: that bike eventually got stuck in sixth gear, was traded in on my monster and became a starboyz bike (seen in ftp4 and starboyz across america). they didn't really like the bike either.

and for the record, my husky has wore out the rear dunlop in about 1700 miles and more than half way through the michelin at 3200 miles. the front dunlop has lasted the whole way though. :p
 

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My TL eats a rear in 2000-2500
definately - big bore twins will go through tires much faster. My old TL and Mille would go through tires quickly - typical because of the higher torque and how that power got to the ground at lower rpms. This turning force is what rapidly destroys tires.
 

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There are many, MANY factors.....weight of the bike, weight of the rider, engine power, tire compounds, road surface conditions, ambient and road surface temperatures, tire pressures, smoothness of the throttle......

With the colder weather, we've been staying fairly local and on a few really fun, but roads with fairly coarse surfaces.....My wife killed this tire in about 2200 miles with her GSXR...




The last SET of tires (front and rear) were toast on her R1 in 1900 miles....that's either bald or to the cords. The last rear tire on my ST2 was to the cords in 1500 miles......like I stated, there are many, many variables to tire life.
 

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I don't know about the rest of you but on my bike the stock Dunlops were hard as rocks at 4300 miles with plenty of tread left on them. Honestly, they had given up their best performance 1000 miles earlier.
Stockers were the hardest tires I've ever used and I still didn't see over 5k with them on the 650.

Nimbus, I dont know how you manage that mileage. I never saw anywhere near it even when I tried to take it easy, tire pressure was carefully watched too.
 
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