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how many miles can I expact to get out of them, and did go to other brands that might be better?
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how many miles can I expact to get out of them, and did go to other brands that might be better?
About 10k. Michelin makes some bias ply "Commander II" that will fit and supposedly give twice the mileage.

Just remember, in this world there are few free lunches. Everything it gives in longevity it likely takes in grip.




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Avon Cobras, long lasting and better grip.
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As a sideline, I sell Victorinox cutlery and am often asked how long will the blade stay sharp? I tell them forever, if you never use it. Your tread will last forever if you never ride. Joking aside, I have seen forum members post tire replacement mileages from 6K to you name it. I have over 13K on my original E3s and my tire man sez there's at least 5K more to go on the rear according to the way I ride, which is smooth. I also monitor the TP often and have a Tire-Gard TPMS.
My record is 22K on a first generation Elite rear back in the early 80s. Even more on the fronts. Tire mileage is too dependent on too many factors for anyone to tell you how many miles to expect. My next tires may be either Cobras or the new Elite MT. The Commander II is tempting, but like Saddle stated.....
My tire man has experienced customers running the Elite MT and Commander II and will be getting reviews soon. Stand by.

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10400 on the dulops and still looking good. almost all 2 up.

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I got 14K on my E3's and they have a few K left! They have lasted longer than any tire I have ever had. Granted, I'm older now and don't beat the bag outta the bike as much as I used to. But, I do ride 2 up a lot. The only thing I don't like about the E3 is how it does on wet grass/wet dirt roads. For this reason, I will give Metzler a try when the E3's finally wear out.

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The only thing I don't like about the E3 is how it does on wet grass/wet dirt roads. For this reason, I will give Metzler a try when the E3's finally wear out.
I believe the Metzlers use a harder rubber compound and should be worse in the wet. I've been riding a lot of years and never found a street tire that did well on wet grass or wet dirt. IMHO.

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10500 on the E3 Rear, and it was not safe to ride any farther, 8000 on the Metzler, 10200 on Bridgestone. All were the milage when I replaced the rear tire. The Metzler had a "sticker feel in the corners", The Bridgestone a slight amount less "sticky", but (at least in my experience, both were much better than the E3. I just received the 4th tire for the rear for my XC I went with another Bridgestone because it was close to the E3 in milage and much cheaper than the Metzler that had a unacceptable milage. I ordered a set (front and rear) from wingstuff $299.00 delivered to my front door in less than 48 hours. Great price and service from them. I sure wish I could get the "claimed mileage" others are reporting. I do check the tires with weekly full inspection, by that I raise the bike up on my lift rotate the tires and visually inspect for any imperfections. Check the air pressure with a known accurate gauge (snap on tools rotary dial type). I have a Biker Highway TireGard Motorcycle TPMS installed that monitors the tire air pressure and temperature continually while I am riding. I keep 40 psi front and 42 psi rear, ride solo 90% of the time, (my wife rides her own Suzuki C-50) unless we are going on a 2000 mile or longer trip then we ride double on the Vic. I also seek that magic tire that will be acceptable in the performance and give me 25000 miles of range before I have to change it again. Oh and as a side note I use dynabeads and am extremely satisfied with the way they keep the balance and ride great through out the entire life of the tire regardless of the brand. I have never had any cupping or strange wear patterns on any of the tires except the Metzler front than had a cord in the sidewall begin to crack and seperate at less than 1000 miles. I did get a full refund from the seller. and exchanged it for the bridgestone front that has lasted through two of the rear tires.

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Welcome back Wes, where've ya all been?

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You ex-capect to get poor mileage out of ant tire if you don't keep them filled with air.
Tires are porous rubber so air will ex-cape. the hotter the weather the faster it will ex-cape

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