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  • Sponge Boy Posts: 185
    Melbourne
    Stock Poster Sponge Boy
    29 May 2019 09:58 PM
    Put Shinko 712 on front of the Super Glide.
    Can't believe the mileage I'm getting......20,000 kms and still has a bit of life in it.

    If it wasn't for the right hand side cupping I reckon I could get another 5000 kms out of it.

    I was getting 18,000 - 19,000 kms on the original Dunlops

    What's your experience been ?
  • WideglidingNZ Posts: 177
    Stock Poster WideglidingNZ
    30 May 2019 04:35 AM
    That is amazing mileage, if I get more than 6000k out of a tyre I'm pretty happy (though I replace them before they get to the wear indicators), I have been using Night Dragons that seem to perform well and seem well priced, I see Metzler have a new tyre called Cruise-tech coming out also which might be worth a try
  • Krash Kinkade Posts: 2703
    Forum Legend Krash Kinkade
    30 May 2019 06:51 AM
    Sponge Boy, I think 19,000 20,000 about normal for a H rated tyre on front if you keep it about 38 psi & check pressure. if it is a V Rated they normally wear quicker. Rear tyres wear quicker if your motor putting out good torque. I had new Metzeler V rated on a stock 03 sporty up in Cairns FNQ road it back to south coast NSW rear tyre almost gone front one lasted about 10,000, now have Avon H rated on rear Harley Davidson Dunny on front( all I could get at the time ) I don't like the feel of the dunny but the Avon feels ok, still need to sort my bike ( need fork brace & steering damper & spoke wheels need re tentioning )
  • paulybronco Posts: 11960
    Forum Legend paulybronco
    30 May 2019 09:07 AM
    Quoting Krash Kinkade on 30 May 2019 06:51 AM
    Sponge Boy, I think 19,000 20,000 about normal for a H rated tyre on front if you keep it about 38 psi & check pressure. if it is a V Rated they normally wear quicker. Rear tyres wear quicker if your motor putting out good torque. I had new Metzeler V rated on a stock 03 sporty up in Cairns FNQ road it back to south coast NSW rear tyre almost gone front one lasted about 10,000, now have Avon H rated on rear Harley Davidson Dunny on front( all I could get at the time ) I don't like the feel of the dunny but the Avon feels ok, still need to sort my bike ( need fork brace & steering damper & spoke wheels need re tentioning )
    Agree Krash i get around  17-19k from American Dunlop Elite on my street glide  on the front running mostly two up fully loaded and being melted somewhat by heat on Qld roads. Tyre pressure is a must do if you want big klm out of the heavy jiggers
  • rodders Posts: 5830
    Victoria
    Forum Legend rodders
    30 May 2019 04:37 PM
    I've heard a few folk saying they run 38 psi up front. Recommended is 32 psi.
    Is it true that the higher the psi the smaller the contact patch on the road?
    If so is it worth the risk?
    Possibly not an issue on dry roads but on wet I'd have thought a larger contact patch the better....so long as the tyre aint running low psi.

  • Grease Monkey Posts: 789
    Performance Poster Grease Monkey
    30 May 2019 04:52 PM
    Quoting rodders on 30 May 2019 04:37 PM
    I've heard a few folk saying they run 38 psi up front. Recommended is 32 psi.
    Is it true that the higher the psi the smaller the contact patch on the road?
    If so is it worth the risk?
    Possibly not an issue on dry roads but on wet I'd have thought a larger contact patch the better....so long as the tyre aint running low psi.

    Pretty sure my wideglides front recommended was 34, the slim is 36, completely different tyres for sure, maybe that's a reason for variation rodders?
  • Daggs Posts: 2422
    Lower South East, South Aust.
    Motor Head Daggs
    30 May 2019 05:45 PM
    Metz 880’s about 14k from the front and 8k from the back, pretty consistent 
  • Krash Kinkade Posts: 2703
    Forum Legend Krash Kinkade
    31 May 2019 09:03 AM
    Quoting rodders on 30 May 2019 04:37 PM
    I've heard a few folk saying they run 38 psi up front. Recommended is 32 psi.
    Is it true that the higher the psi the smaller the contact patch on the road?
    If so is it worth the risk?
    Possibly not an issue on dry roads but on wet I'd have thought a larger contact patch the better....so long as the tyre aint running low psi.

    Rodders, probably depends on how much weight on the bike. But normally a bike manufacturer states, lower pressure than a tyre manufacturer. I check tyre temps when I pull up to refuel, that's how I gauge what pressure suits me. plus I go by feel too. never had a problem .
  • Nutty Posts: 294
    Stage 1 Poster Nutty
    31 May 2019 12:14 PM
    Quoting rodders on 30 May 2019 04:37 PM
    I've heard a few folk saying they run 38 psi up front. Recommended is 32 psi.
    Is it true that the higher the psi the smaller the contact patch on the road?
    If so is it worth the risk?
    Possibly not an issue on dry roads but on wet I'd have thought a larger contact patch the better....so long as the tyre aint running low psi.

    Not necessary so... Higher pressures maintain tyre sectional shape. Quite often the contact patch in lower psi running can be distorted to an area lower than what the higher psi would allow. 

    Experienced road racers can feel the optimum pressure. 38psi is perfect with my tyres on the FLHX. Running Michelin K1600 tyres ATM. I wear fronts out way quicker than rears, lots of corners around here (and I like to throw it in hard).
  • Ken in Cairns Posts: 481
    Cairns FNQ
    Stage 1 Poster Ken in Cairns
    31 May 2019 08:34 PM
    Anyone use the 4 psi rule ?
  • T4 Posts: 119
    Stock Poster T4
    31 May 2019 10:38 PM
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  • Ken in Cairns Posts: 481
    Cairns FNQ
    Stage 1 Poster Ken in Cairns
    01 Jun 2019 08:15 PM
    Good one T4, saves people asking what is the 4 psi rule.

  • KB Posts: 75
    Stock Poster KB
    02 Jun 2019 04:54 PM
    Quoting Sponge Boy on 29 May 2019 09:58 PM
    Put Shinko 712 on front of the Super Glide.
    Can't believe the mileage I'm getting......20,000 kms and still has a bit of life in it.

    If it wasn't for the right hand side cupping I reckon I could get another 5000 kms out of it.

    I was getting 18,000 - 19,000 kms on the original Dunlops

    What's your experience been ?
    Shinko - used to be Shinko sure slip? I regularly get 30k out of my dunlop elites on the front of a CVO ultra and 18k and maybe slightly more out of the rears. Its all about tyre pressure and how you use your brakes. And I do have a few more ponies than messers Harley and Davidson designed and enjoy letting them out.
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