Tyre threads from US riders seem to get phenomenal mileage from their tyres.
Compared with what I get anyway.
What's the go?...are the roads here more abrasive?
or do we just ride harder?
or get inferior tyres?
I maintain my pressures at spec.
And my Vegas would be 50 kg lighter than a XR XC XCT.
Half my riding would be two up.
Aussie tires wearing quicker? You all laugh when you get the Emails of fat Americans. While you're replacing tires , we're spending that extra money on a Super sized Cheeseburger, fries and a milkshake to wash that down . Which is one of our secrets to high tire mileage.
The 3 things that are the major factors from my unscientific study are if you pack all the time, how you take off, and the road surface.
Anyone can improve their tire mileage by finding some ballast for the rear seat and for the front seat for that matter. If you want top mileage pick the portly girl not the super model to pack. But do pack. If the super model has a twin and they both fit, no brainer there. Motorcycle Tires slip to grip. 10- 15% I think.
Having more weight on the back lowers the slip and improves tire mileage. Got that gem years ago at the Dunlop site I think.
Since the tire is always slipping the roughness of the road surface is big . Where I am they resurface the road with course sealcoat. We run studded Ice tires in winter and it is the only thing that even has a chance of standing up to that. It's 5/8 crushed stone glued down with tar, then rolled flat. The course texture is almost like siplng the road instead of siping the tire and when it's new it works better on rainy days or mildly icy roads.
However it's like driving on a cheese grater or worse falling on a cheese grater when you go down. Hell on tires. You can't get the real high tire mileage numbers on this stuff no matter how dedicated you are.
Then if you like the feel of acceleration, your tire wears more accordingly. Harder acceleration, more slip, less tire life.
Down south where there is no snow or ice the roads don't get resurfaced as often. They are a lot smoother. That can help
Some of these guys are no light weights and then a lot of them pack constantly.
If the OL is, how do you say this delicately? Large boned and the guy isn't a spirited rider they are going to get some awesome tire mileage.
I'm lucky if I see 11000 miles out of a rear E3 on a hd w/bias ply.
I think I did that once. I generally run continentals tours. 130x16 about 8-10k miles. One guy I ride with 6K max. It doesn't matter what he puts on a bike. He has a thunder header on everything and he loves to hear that pipe sing. Doesn't go especially fast just is thin, rides alone, and loves to run it briskly through each gear.
So eat more, drink more and start looking like a person of Walmart. Find a girl that gives you shade in the summer, warmth in the winter and pack her everywhere. Then adjust your throttle cables so the throttle doesn't open as much and your there.
Or not. Long but hope it helps