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Default 14k On Stock E-3 Rear Tire!!!

I finally bit the bullet yesterday and changed out my stock rear tire for an identical E-3 in hopes that I can get some where around the same mileage out the new one. The old one came off at 13,855 miles and could have easily gone another 500-1,000 around town but I'm getting ready to hit the road for a week or so and didn't want to have to deal with it.

I am completely dumbfounded as to the mileage on this thing, I have never owned a heavy bike that even came close and 9 or 10k is about the best that ever could be done occasionally. So what do I chalk this up to???

A few things with one of them being the weight reduction of a CC versus a heavy Electra-Glide, the less mass that has to accelerate/decelerate the less friction will be on the contact patch of the tire. The other being the power band of the Vic engine, i.e. it isn't exactly a "puller" at 1,200 rpm so unless you've got wrist control issues so to speak the acceleration from a stop is actually a lot milder than some other engines.

I think in my opinion the most critical part of the extended wear on this tire though is the introduction of balance beads. I installed Dyna Beads in the tires right after I got the bike. The wear pattern on the rear tire even at 14k miles was even, no cupping or odd dips or swirls, just a worn down tire.

When I get back from my little adventure in a couple of weeks I'm gonna have to swap the front tire out too.

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Got 18,000 out of mine and could have gone farther .... Just changed it out for an Avon Cobra .

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E3 is a great tire I'm at 12,000+ and am about 1/2 way or so.

I had an 09 Ultra I got over 18,000 on but I tend to ride a bike like I paid a lot of money for it.

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I barely made it to 10k with mine
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I finally bit the bullet yesterday and changed out my stock rear tire for an identical E-3 in hopes that I can get some where around the same mileage out the new one. The old one came off at 13,855 miles and could have easily gone another 500-1,000 around town but I'm getting ready to hit the road for a week or so and didn't want to have to deal with it.

I am completely dumbfounded as to the mileage on this thing, I have never owned a heavy bike that even came close and 9 or 10k is about the best that ever could be done occasionally. So what do I chalk this up to???

A few things with one of them being the weight reduction of a CC versus a heavy Electra-Glide, the less mass that has to accelerate/decelerate the less friction will be on the contact patch of the tire. The other being the power band of the Vic engine, i.e. it isn't exactly a "puller" at 1,200 rpm so unless you've got wrist control issues so to speak the acceleration from a stop is actually a lot milder than some other engines.

I think in my opinion the most critical part of the extended wear on this tire though is the introduction of balance beads. I installed Dyna Beads in the tires right after I got the bike. The wear pattern on the rear tire even at 14k miles was even, no cupping or odd dips or swirls, just a worn down tire.

When I get back from my little adventure in a couple of weeks I'm gonna have to swap the front tire out too.
I had just a few hundred miles less on the rear tire on my XR when I changed it last year before a 2500 mile trip. No balance beads for me, just kept it at 42lbs and checked it before any riding I did before leaving from home. Probably had enough rubber to have done my trip but didn't want to be worried about it.
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I got 20,000 miles out of the original E3. After that I tried the Avon Cobra's and only got 10,000 miles out of the Avon's and the rear tire looked worse than the E3 with double the miles on it.

I will say that the Avon's handle better than the Dunlops but I couldn't live with half the mileage. Right now I'm 5,000 miles into a set of Metzler ME888's so my opinion is up in the air on those.

But from what I can see getting 15,000 + miles out of the E3's is pretty typical. If I can't get decent mileage out of the Metzlers I'll got back to the E3's. I don't like the wet handling of the E3's but if I'm getting double the mileage from the other brands then I'm sticking with them.

Edit: I forgot to mention that I run Dyna Beads in all of my tires and I'm pretty consistent about checking my air pressure and keeping it above 40 psi.

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I got 20,000 miles out of the original E3. After that I tried the Avon Cobra's and only got 10,000 miles out of the Avon's and the rear tire looked worse than the E3 with double the miles on it.
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checking the tires and using a good gauge is the most important parts for long tire life

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I was actually shopping tire prices yesterday. I've got nearly 11k miles on my XR and my rear tire is about 2/3's gone, could probably go another 4k miles or so. My tires are 5 years old though (bike was 1.5 years old when I bought it) and to me that is too old for me to feel safe. I was looking at either another set of E3's or Metz 888 but my local independent was trying to get me to consider the Bridgstone Exedra's because I a not a high mileage rider (3 to 4k miles a year) and the softer compound may work better for me since 75% of my riding is in the twistys.

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Bridgstone Exedra's

Have to look that one up my friend

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