Tire wear. Change one or both?? - Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Forum
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post #1 of 19 Old 04-09-2019, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
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Tire wear. Change one or both??

As is the case with most riders, I wear out the rear tire before the front. By the time the rear is done the front is usually more than half gone so I can't run two rears to one front. I have been changing them in sets, getting new front and rear once the rear is shot. I hate throwing out a front tire that still has some useful life left. These darn things are ridiculously expensive to begin with!!

Think I am going to start replacing tires as they wear from now on. Curious as to what most of us here on the forum do in the way of replacing worn tires.

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post #2 of 19 Old 04-09-2019, 12:27 PM
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My norm is to start the season on new front and rear and put on a new rear around mid season.
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It depends on what kind of riding I'll be doing- for example, a front tire that is no longer optimum for attacking backroads or trackdays can still be good for a long roadtrip. Similarly, I tend to do the sportier pleasure rides on fresh tires, and save those longer travels for later on.
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While staying with same brand and model replacing one at a time is exactly what I do and I've heard no reports with enough evidence backing it to make me change my mind when running through 3 or 4 tires a year. When changing brand or model though I switch them both.
Why? Not a clue...... other then fear of some unknown something or another causing the bike to start talking to me, and even worse...... it makes me answer back. LOL
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I think we worry about this, too much. People run car tires on the motorcycles, using the same sized rim we have. I really dont recall any of them having issues doing that.. new and old combo is miles ahead of that.
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When a set of moto tires is cheaper than a single tire for my truck I tend not to worry about replacing both at the same time. I also don't ride nearly as much as a lot of you all. I guess if I was going through 2+ sets a year it'd be different.

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post #7 of 19 Old 04-09-2019, 04:07 PM
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I tended to wear out the front and rear at the same time on my N1K, and so does my girlfriend on her N1K. I just put on my third set of tires on the H2 SX and the same happens there. I never saw the need to change both at the same time on other bikes and would change one at a time as long as I stayed with the same brand and model. I still bought in pairs on sale, and just stored the other tire until I needed it.

I got lucky and found a tire machine cheap last year. It has already almost paid for itself with two sets on the H2 SX, one set on my girlfriend's, one set for my Z750S, one set for my GSXR1000 track bike and one set for her R3 track bike. I'll be installing a set of tires soon on my Russell bike.

I bought three sets of tires this year since they were so cheap. I have several long distant trips on the calendar this year. I will burn these up fairly easy.
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post #8 of 19 Old 04-09-2019, 09:22 PM
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I change both at the same time when I see my rear is already close to getting worn out.
I then sell my set of used tires for $150-$175 on CL and they sell really fast especially for 190/55.
I also get a rebate on Dunlop Q3's. The road hazard insurance from cyclegear is considered a service which bumps it to $50 rebate.

At this rate, I only added a few more bucks for a new.
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"I tended to wear out the front and rear at the same time on my N1K, and so does my girlfriend on her N1K. I just put on my third set of tires on the H2 SX and the same happens there. I never saw the need to change both at the same time on other bikes and would change one at a time as long as I stayed with the same brand and model. I still bought in pairs on sale, and just stored the other tire until I needed it."




I do the same............
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post #10 of 19 Old 04-09-2019, 09:48 PM
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I replace front and rear at the same time. Twice a year.

Could probably leave the front tires on a bit longer, but then I'd be going to the tire shop twice as many times (and have to remember which was changed when lol).
First ride on a new set confirms that was the right choice for me, every time.


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