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About 9k miles ago I put new front and back Metzler ME880's on my V92TC. Now my front tire is in need of replacement but my back tire has about 50% tread left. Isn't this backwards??? If I recall, every other bike I've had would wear back tires faster (almost 2:1) than the front tire. The wear on both tires is nice and uniform. Is there something I should be checking?

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So how ofter do you check the air.
You can loose as much at 2 to 3 pounds of air a month. When the temps get over 95 degrees you can loose that much every two weeks.
You have to have a good gauge to check the air
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About 9k miles ago I put new front and back Metzler ME880's on my V92TC. Now my front tire is in need of replacement but my back tire has about 50% tread left. Isn't this backwards??? If I recall, every other bike I've had would wear back tires faster (almost 2:1) than the front tire. The wear on both tires is nice and uniform. Is there something I should be checking?
you need to do more burnouts

yeah usually rears wear quicker than front though as VJ says regular pressure checks are vital. I check mine weekly or before a long ride, check em cold.
My GPZ900r used to wear out fronts before rears cos of the 16" front and the heavy forward weight bias, steepish fork angle plus the lunatic riding it hard into corners.

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Heavy front braker maybe.

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About 9k miles ago I put new front and back Metzler ME880's on my V92TC. Now my front tire is in need of replacement but my back tire has about 50% tread left. Isn't this backwards??? If I recall, every other bike I've had would wear back tires faster (almost 2:1) than the front tire. The wear on both tires is nice and uniform. Is there something I should be checking?
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Heavy front braker maybe.
No way to know for sure without a Hero Camera on your shoulder all the time but I think maybe Vindex may have the answer here.

Some folks ride and use their gears to slow down and some use their brakes. Some use a timed expectancy to hit the stop sign or red light by simply getting off the throttle and using the clutch to just roll in while downshifting to the speed they are rolling at until they either have to stop or catch a green light and roll back on the throttle.

I'm not saying you do this sir but if your front tire is wearing out faster than your rear tire of the same brand (especially) the logical reason is more front brake action than throttle action which would indicate a more spirited rider.

Also worth mentioning is the Metz is a very good tire but well known for wearing quicker because of its better cornering abilities. Just something to keep in mind when choosing your next tire. If you are a corner carver keep getting the tire that sticks to the pavement but if you tend to ride the slab more, well, maybe a more wear resistant tire is what you might want.

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I think vindex1963 may be onto something. I do use my front brake for more than half of the stopping power in combo with the back brake and the engine. I frequently ride to work and that involves stop and go plus numerous turns. I'll pay attention to my brake habits. In the meanwhile, I'll be ordering a new front tire.

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I think vindex1963 may be onto something. I do use my front brake for more than half of the stopping power in combo with the back brake and the engine. I frequently ride to work and that involves stop and go plus numerous turns. I'll pay attention to my brake habits. In the meanwhile, I'll be ordering a new front tire.
Using the front break is great. Keep it up.
back break will lock up put you in a slid and you crash.
Maybe you just have old tire up front or lack of air
Stay with using the front break mater of fact try riding with your first two fingers resting on the break lever. Yes its uncomfortable at first but it adds twenty seconds to your life

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Yes its uncomfortable at first but it adds twenty seconds to your life
What is your reasoning on this VJ? Are you trying to say it gives you quicker reaction time?
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What is your reasoning on this VJ? Are you trying to say it gives you quicker reaction time?
I'll answer, Yes it does ' been a habit of mine for 45+years.
After a while it becomes natural you won't even know you're doing it,
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So I paid close attention to my brake habits on the drive to work this morning. Yes, I use the front brake a lot. I have numerous stop signs and red lights on the 20 mile ride. So stopping from 45 or 50mph with traffic requires a reasonable amount of front brake usage. I typically brake as hard or harder than I can accelerate with traffic around. Since the front brake is capable of supplying twice as much braking force as the back before locking up, I do use the front more. This is great insight! Thanks!

As to the other comments/questions:

Yes, I keep a close eye on tire pressure. Metz recommends even slightly higher pressures than the sticker on the frame.

I keep the two fingers on the brake lever while in traffic, but not on the open road. I guess I'm only adding about 10 seconds to my life expectancy instead of the full 20

Burnouts? - might have to start something new

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