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post #1 of 18 Old 06-07-2006, 11:08 AM
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Ok, so more tire questions. Currently I am riding Dunlop 208's on my 04' 919. I have about 2000 miles on them and they are getting very close to the wear indicators. I know I need new tires but I also need the cash to get them. Can ya'll give me some money??$$??
just kidding, but how far can I take it before I am going to have issues. I am about 1mm away on the front and rear.

Is this a stupid question?

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post #2 of 18 Old 06-07-2006, 11:14 AM
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I just dropped a wheel off at the stealership to have a new tire put on since my tire is bald I run 208s as well

You can run the 208 pretty low, but once it gets worn, it starts to get slippery.

Edit: I think I only got a bit over 3000 miles out of mine, so you're not the only one looking for $$ to replace tires.

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Is this a stupid question?
...question answered.


I could "squeeze" almost 5k miles outta the set of 208's I ran on the RC. I'm guessing you run more h'way than I do. Once you hit those wear bars it's not too much longer before you'll see cord. Start shopping now & better to be safe than sorry.

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I am not running too much highway. The side is as worn as the center. I guess that is what I am more concerned about. Cornering traction.

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...and you've only got 2k mis on 'em?! You should easily get 4k mis.

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...and you've only got 2k mis on 'em?! You should easily get 4k mis.
especially the front.

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post #7 of 18 Old 06-07-2006, 11:46 AM
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My front is actually as worn as the rear. I hear that there is a high granite count in the asphalt here. That's what an Michelin rep told me anyway.
What for I dont know. I do ride the same 2.5 miles over and over again. Chasing Lord Caff.

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Yeah, did notice the Cackalacky roads look like sandpaper.

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I might be way off base here, but I think the 919 just eats 208s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. My bro runs the same tire on his bike and gets about 1k more out of a rear than I do on a bike that is waaaaay heavier. I think some of it is suspension and some of it is weight distribution. Whatever it is, the 919 has a serious appetite for rear tires.

I don't wheelie, do burnouts, or any of that crud. My sides are just as worn as my center. h_ryder, you're just giving me yet another argument to by an RR

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The Michelin guys test here all week long. The Pilot Powers are made for this area. I think the added granite ads to winter time traction for cars. The salt/sand they put down does not help for the scooter.

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I might be way off base here, but I think the 919 just eats 208s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. My bro runs the same tire on his bike and gets about 1k more out of a rear than I do on a bike that is waaaaay heavier. I think some of it is suspension and some of it is weight distribution. Whatever it is, the 919 has a serious appetite for rear tires.

I don't wheelie, do burnouts, or any of that crud. My sides are just as worn as my center. h_ryder, you're just giving me yet another argument to by an RR
I guess I'm surprised that I could got 4-5k mis out of a set of 208's on the RC, which I'm pretty sure is heavier than a 9'r. ...plus the v-twin torque.

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This is my first full wear thru. The originl tire went to 2500 miles or so and got a puncture. So this will be writen off as a test. I plan on going to the Michelin next and record the patterns.

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I usually start shopping around for a tire when I hit the wear indicators. And like H ryder said, it is real soon then and the cord will start showing. So by the time I buy and get the tire off the internet (1 1/2 weeks), then get around to taking the wheel off (another week) and taking it to the dealer to get the tire mounted, the cord is almost always showing.

So go buy a tire now and you will be ready to go when that thing is toast.

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It feels a bit "slippy" right now in the rear. Not scary. Just you can feel it settle in. I am finding that I will dig in more to get it to hook. feel the rear step out just a touch. Not due to Moto GP style riding but just flowing it. I am looking at tires right now.

Thanks for the answers.
Not once has anyone said something perverted?:sailor:

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It feels a bit "slippy" right now in the rear. Not scary. Just you can feel it settle in. I am finding that I will dig in more to get it to hook. feel the rear step out just a touch. Not due to Moto GP style riding but just flowing it. I am looking at tires right now.

Thanks for the answers.
Not once has anyone said something perverted?:sailor:
I noticed w/ the 208's that once they start getting down they need more & more heat into them to stick. Last fall I was out for a last of season ride on a 60* day, by the 2nd left-hander slip (which caused me to shoulder/grass it) I decided to call it a day.

you said "slippy" in the rear...

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I need tires too.. but not getting Dulop 208's again. Wear to fast and slick when cold.

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Hmmmm, alot of the days here are 65-75*. like yesterday for example, Handling was great but I am feeling the rear starting to step just a bit. It is not a bad thing yet. I can totally feel the difference in just 10* of temp change. Motorcycles are so cool!

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I got 8k on my 208's last summer. Must me the Northern Indiana Pavement....lol.
All highway miles. Not many turns.....

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