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I have a full-time job, a wife and two small kids "7&11" yet twice a year my tire looks like this at this point pissed off with duration of tire, can't ride to work and do a trip or two by myself and with the kid, without burning two tires a year.
Mounting a Riken Raptor this week
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I always managed to wear out the front tires well before the back tires on both of my CTX1300s. But not this time. I have been riding a lot more interstates and other four-lane roads at 70 to 80 mph. The rear is gone well before the front this time.

I ordered the same OEM Dunlops I've always used. I was not allowed in the shop to order them. Our governor has closed all the bike shops. You can call ahead and leave a bike in the parking lot for service. But you can't go in the building. I don't know how the payment will work when the tires are mounted. Maybe I can wire them a payment.

I am using the Niken a whole lot more in the twisties and using the Hondas more on the highways now. If this trend continues past this new tire, I'll probably go darkside on the CTX and the GL next time.

Let us know how this works for you. So far, I've heard good things from other riders who've gone darkside on the CTX1300. I never considered it a good fit for me because I spent most of my time in the twisties. Now I have sportier bike for the twisties.
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Sportbike days were alway2 back tires to one front tire, in the beginning...
I guess I carried it over from my R1 days but I'm killing both tires at around 8,000 miles, really hoping for the best with this test run
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What size car tire, same size as the OEM tire?
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What size car tire, same size as the OEM tire?

I looks like a 205/50R 17. I may put a car tire on next time

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Yes 205 50 17
I read guys saying they are doing 10,000 plus miles on their motorcycle tires and I call BS, been riding sportbikes for 20 some years and use to only getting 3 to 5,000 miles from a set.
When I got this bike i expected different results from my hard riding days, I guess I was wrong.
Possibly I just ride like it's a 800lbs sportbike but with 15,021 on the clock this is my second set of tires that look like this.
Time for change and gonna give it a shot.
Will keep posted, tire is getting mounted on Wednesday
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if you choose not to go dark side then give Avon tires a try. When I sold my CTX I already had over 7600 miles on them and still had more than half the life left on the tread. My first set of stock Dunlops lasted more than 15,500 miles. Yes, on the CTX1300. But the stock Dunlops were terrible tires and slipped all over on anything but bare dry concrete. Even then, I still had tread left on both tires but swapped them due to getting close on wear and had a thin construction spike in the rear causing a very slow leak.
https://www.ctx1300forum.com/forum/w...new-shoes.html

I only rode just over 8500 miles on the Shinko tires I put on after the Dunlops came off. Then I returned to the Bridgestone Exedra Max tires and put just over 9000 miles on those. Still looking for better lasting tires with good grip and remembered trying Avon tires on my ST1100 that seemed to last so put those on next. Besides, when I put the Avon tires on the CTX there was a 15K mile guarantee on Avon tires. They did look like they would make it there when I sold the bike.
https://www.ctx1300forum.com/forum/w...ew-rubber.html

I was used to putting over 21,000 miles on my Gold Wing tires using Dunlop Elite II but those aren't available any more or for this bike. Did those miles twice on the GW. My first Burgman 650 I had Bridgestone tires and put over 12,000 miles on those as well. Figured lower miles due to smaller diameter but with the ST I really didn't do better until the Avons. My current Burgman 650 needed new tires at just over 6000 miles so replace the stock brand/model tires with Shinko. I don't know what is going on with that. Other than possibly tires are just more cheaply made these days. Figure for the half price cost of Shinko tires it won't be a big deal if I only get another 6000 miles from them.

Longer than 5000 miles should be easy on this bike depending on tire choice and riding style. Keeping psi at the Honda recommended pressure for the front will wear that one out rather fast so I did as I learned on my GW... kept the front at 39-40 and the rear at the recommended 42 psi. Tires may be slightly harder (never noticed really) but won't develop cupping and will last longer than lower psi. Since my GW I never follow the psi recommendation but rather what is on the sidewall or in the tire fitment guide from the tire maker.

I ride all my bikes like I rode that Gold Wing. Like a touring bike. I just prefer a more relaxed conservative ride. Road surfaces also play a big part. Chip and Seal roads will eat mc tires for breakfast. Around here we have mostly concrete roads so tires do tend to last a bit longer on that surface. You would think smooth asphalt roads would be nicer to tires but not so (way better than Chip and Seal roads but not as good as concrete). Riding style will also effect wear. Sporty riding will wear the rubber off faster, conservative touring-like riding is much less wearing. Oh, also Bias Ply tires will last longer than Radials, but the CTX is designed with Radials in mind so choose wisely and YMMV.

Just thought I'd mention that riding longer miles on mc tires is possible.
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if you choose not to go dark side then give Avon tires a try. When I sold my CTX I already had over 7600 miles on them and still had more than half the life left on the tread. My first set of stock Dunlops lasted more than 15,500 miles. Yes, on the CTX1300. But the stock Dunlops were terrible tires and slipped all over on anything but bare dry concrete. Even then, I still had tread left on both tires but swapped them due to getting close on wear and had a thin construction spike in the rear causing a very slow leak.
https://www.ctx1300forum.com/forum/w...new-shoes.html

I only rode just over 8500 miles on the Shinko tires I put on after the Dunlops came off. Then I returned to the Bridgestone Exedra Max tires and put just over 9000 miles on those. Still looking for better lasting tires with good grip and remembered trying Avon tires on my ST1100 that seemed to last so put those on next. Besides, when I put the Avon tires on the CTX there was a 15K mile guarantee on Avon tires. They did look like they would make it there when I sold the bike.
https://www.ctx1300forum.com/forum/w...ew-rubber.html

I was used to putting over 21,000 miles on my Gold Wing tires using Dunlop Elite II but those aren't available any more or for this bike. Did those miles twice on the GW. My first Burgman 650 I had Bridgestone tires and put over 12,000 miles on those as well. Figured lower miles due to smaller diameter but with the ST I really didn't do better until the Avons. My current Burgman 650 needed new tires at just over 6000 miles so replace the stock brand/model tires with Shinko. I don't know what is going on with that. Other than possibly tires are just more cheaply made these days. Figure for the half price cost of Shinko tires it won't be a big deal if I only get another 6000 miles from them.

Longer than 5000 miles should be easy on this bike depending on tire choice and riding style. Keeping psi at the Honda recommended pressure for the front will wear that one out rather fast so I did as I learned on my GW... kept the front at 39-40 and the rear at the recommended 42 psi. Tires may be slightly harder (never noticed really) but won't develop cupping and will last longer than lower psi. Since my GW I never follow the psi recommendation but rather what is on the sidewall or in the tire fitment guide from the tire maker.

I ride all my bikes like I rode that Gold Wing. Like a touring bike. I just prefer a more relaxed conservative ride. Road surfaces also play a big part. Chip and Seal roads will eat mc tires for breakfast. Around here we have mostly concrete roads so tires do tend to last a bit longer on that surface. You would think smooth asphalt roads would be nicer to tires but not so (way better than Chip and Seal roads but not as good as concrete). Riding style will also effect wear. Sporty riding will wear the rubber off faster, conservative touring-like riding is much less wearing. Oh, also Bias Ply tires will last longer than Radials, but the CTX is designed with Radials in mind so choose wisely and YMMV.

Just thought I'd mention that riding longer miles on mc tires is possible.
I got 9,000 out of the stockers should have been changed at 7 probably but I pushed them far beyond safety, are you not going over 50mph while riding to get that.
Dunlops had a 2"wide patch of metal with NO sides when teplaced
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6,000 is all that came from Bridgestone gotta try something different, better at this point.
Either I ride a lot or my odometer is off LOL
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