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Little background first. This is my first street bike and has been great. I have 27k on the bike now and ~10k on my front tire and 8.5k on the rear (Pilot Powers). I have a new set of Pilot Roads (long story) ready to go on the bike now, but I also have a Pilot sport front (track take-off with 1/2 tread left) for a temp. front that I was going to use.

I use the bike primarily for commuting with about 9000 miles in the past 8 months. The rear is down to the wear indicators for the middle 2 inches, with the remaining sides having about half the life left. Again, I use the bike primarily for commuting but I am taking a few short (1-200 mile) trips this week. I am just really becoming comfortable with the bile to use the bike the ways it should be.

Should I swap both tires for the new Pilot Roads, or just the front spare for the next 1000 or so miles?


Here is the rear now:



Just as a note and I know I should have changed this earlier, but here is the front.


Thanks for the input.
 

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just me but I would just go ahead and put the roads on. easier to just get it all done at once and not have to mess with it again. also looks like you have a split in your rear tire dont know how bad it really is but ive had them seperate because of that.
 

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I agree. It's sounds like you ride a lot, and are probably getting faster. Not sure how hard you ride, but new tires are much cheaper than an injury or bike damage. Nothing better than fresh rubber.
 

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You need a tire designed for the type or riding you do which is a harder compound sport touring tire and not the softer sticker sport tire that you have.

RoadSmart, Pilot Road/Road 2Ct, Road Attacks, BT-021, Z6 Interacts and Diablo Stradas are sport touring tires for people who aren't as aggressive or do more commuting/highway miles then extreme lean angle canyon carving miles.

Sport tires like Pilot Powers are softer and sticker and wear out faster and flat spot even quicker if don't use the tire the way it was designed to.
 

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You need a tire designed for the type or riding you do which is a harder compound sport touring tire and not the softer sticker sport tire that you have.
I agree totally.


As for your tire, you still have PLENTY of life left on that thing. This is a tire we recently took of the wife's GSXR....



 

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I agree totally.


As for your tire, you still have PLENTY of life left on that thing. This is a tire we recently took of the wife's GSXR....



It always amazes me when I see tires like this on a bike. Why on earth anyone would let their tires get to this stage of wear is just beyond my comprehension. Do you just not care about your own safety? Or in this case, your wife's? ???
 

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It always amazes me when I see tires like this on a bike. Why on earth anyone would let their tires get to this stage of wear is just beyond my comprehension. Do you just not care about your own safety? Or in this case, your wife's? ???
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When you crash your bike with those tyres you have a change that the insurance will not pay for the damage because it's your own fault.
 

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It always amazes me when I see tires like this on a bike. Why on earth anyone would let their tires get to this stage of wear is just beyond my comprehension. Do you just not care about your own safety? Or in this case, your wife's? ???
When you crash your bike with those tyres you have a change that the insurance will not pay for the damage because it's your own fault.
Let me guess.....the two of you have absolutely no experience riding on tires that are past the wear bars and have no idea what you are talking about....

In the last three years, my wife and I have run over 50 (FIFTY) tires to either bald or the cords. That means we ride on at least one bald tire EVERY month. I have no issues riding on tires past their wear bars and have never crashed due to one. The only three times my bikes have seen their side have been on tires with less than 300 miles on them. So, please, tell me about this experience you have of riding on bald tires and the tremendous crash you've had from it.....I really want you to teach me something from your life experience. After that, I guess you can lecture me about how dragging a knee on the street will cause a person to crash, too. ;)
 

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No i don't have the experiance with tyres who have no profile and are wear to the cords because i replace them on time ;)
Same here. By the time tires get to that point they are well past their prime.

Just because you haven't crashed on them doesn't mean it's safe to ride them like that and you definitely are not getting the same level of performance out of them as you would a good set of tires.

Encouraging people to ride their tires until they are showing steel belt is just plain irresponsible. By posting that pic and your response to my post you are definitely encouraging this behavior in front of people you don't even know. I always say, if there is any doubt in your mind, replace it.

BTW-I have no problem with blastin' a knee from time to time.
 
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