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I bought my '06 SV650S used last summer, the previous owner put Michelin Pilot Powers on it. I'm seeing the rear develop a flat section already because most of the riding I've been doing is on the highway. I've only ridden about 2,000 miles though, acceleration mostly at just-traffic-speed throttle, crusing at 65-70mph. But I want to ride a lot this summer and need to know if I should expect to shell out for new tires this year. So:

What's the wear indicator look like? I've asked two maintenance shops and they couldn't seem to give an answer. Seems like a basic question... :rolleyes:

I'd double plus appreciate any pics of an exposed wear indicator. Thanks! :)
 

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It's just a little bump.. you don't need that to tell you when your tires are worn though.. it's recommended that they be replaced when they are down to about 2mm of tread left..
 

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It's just a little bump.. you don't need that to tell you when your tires are worn though.. it's recommended that they be replaced when they are down to about 2mm of tread left..
And the 2mm, that's measured by resting a ruler in the groove and measuring to the top of the tire surface?

I know these are really newb questions, I appreciate everyone's time. :) I tried searching even in Google with site:svrider.com and haven't found this info (feel free to post a link if this is well-worn territory. :nana: )
 

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Yeah that's basically how it's done or you can do the penny measurement way. The only time the tread depth really matters is when riding in the rain and inspection time.. until you see chords, the tire will probably still be safe enough otherwise
 
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