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I don't know weather to be disappointed or not. I ride like an old lady.

Can I buy say a Dunlop E4 and use it on the rear with the Cobra on the front?

And yes, it does appear to be more worn on the left half than the right. Howls much more loudly when I corner right than left. The Vic dealer that mounted this one did a bad job that ended up ruining my belt and pulley within a thousand or so miles. That cost me $1200 at an independent shop to repair.

No belt noise now in 2500 miles with the new install so I assume the 2nd guy did it right.



 

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yes you can run Elite 4 on the rear. Keep in mind the rear tire follows its not a leader.
Last time I had a dealer mount my tire I checked the air and found it was off by 3 pounds. Guessed he had a bad gauge as far as I was concerned
 

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You look like a perfect candidate for a car tire, hardly any wear on the outside of the tire.
 

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If there was that much wear by whatever caused the belt and pulley to be destroyed, I'm betting the tire itself isn't to blame.
 

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If there was that much wear by whatever caused the belt and pulley to be destroyed, I'm betting the tire itself isn't to blame.
I'd agree. With tires once they begin a funny wear pattern correcting the alignment helps but not as much as you would hope. I go through it with the sidecar bikes a lot.
They run pretty crooked going down the freeway. Have to keep a lot of air in the front tire to minimize cupping and hardly any in the other tires because they are auto tires with very little weight on them. It's a balancing match. Once a wear problem gets started correcting the tire pressure etc has some affect but you loose thousands of miles off the tire.

Looks like they must have put the wheel in sideways the first time.
I had to pull the axle into line on the wifes bike after it's first service.
The mechanic tightened it down crooked. I wasn't impressed. It never made a peep driving it either.
On my bike if the belt isn't exactly centered in the pulley it sounds like a flock of birds are living under the saddlebags.. you won't miss it.
 

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Tires will wear more on the left due to the crown of the road. Cobras like pressures on the high side, I use 43 front and 44 rear. Cobras are a multi-tread, but I sense that they tend to be on the soft side to favor grip. I got 15K out of a Cobra rear which is lower than my norm. I usually get anywhere from 17 to 22K on a rear tire--no kidding! Being an air pressure Nazi and very smooth on the controls does the trick for me. Also contributing (I guess) is the moderate NW climate, we don't have the hot tire melting summers like a lot of areas in the US.
 

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Tires will wear more on the left due to the crown of the road. Cobras like pressures on the high side, I use 43 front and 44 rear. Cobras are a multi-tread, but I sense that they tend to be on the soft side to favor grip. I got 15K out of a Cobra rear which is lower than my norm. I usually get anywhere from 17 to 22K on a rear tire--no kidding! Being an air pressure Nazi and very smooth on the controls does the trick for me. Also contributing (I guess) is the moderate NW climate, we don't have the hot tire melting summers like a lot of areas in the US.
Your roads seem very smooth and well worn in your area too. No snow, no studded tires cutting troughs in the road every winter, I guess. Having a gentle right hand is certainly a plus. I'm pretty good off the line, just not so much the rest of the ride. One of the tire manufactures used to recommend putting a passenger on the back for more mileage as it reduces wheel slip.

Here on the East side of WA they re-seal coat the road yearly and the larger the rock, within reason, the better and longer it lasts. The roads are like cheese graters when first done. You don't want to fall off a bike onto one at speed right after it's first finished for certain. You can watch your tires get smaller each ride at that point. I have a Canadian friend who says he has never seen 6000 miles out of a 130 16 HD tire, doesn't matter what brand. I believe him. He loves the sound of an HD accelerating and his throttle hand has two position, on and off. I routinely get 10k, wife gets 9 out of the same tire similar bikes. Thanks for the tip on the tire pressure. I'll have to air my rear tire up some. Did I mention I hate anything to do with changing a tire.
 

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That is an interesting wear pattern for certain.
Now that you mentioned it Ricz I guess that in areas more prone to standing water the roads would have more crown.
You'd know as much as it rains in your area.
I've never had a tire wear like that as we are in the mountains and your leaned over a great deal.
 

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Actually I read a good article that attributed the left side wear to the length of time (and increased speed) that you have when making a left turn as opposed to a right turn.

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Thanks for that. I never have that sort of wear ever though. Not sure why. Mine and the wifes wear straight down the center. Lots of tires over the years. I must be doing something wrong:grin
 

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There is more left tire wear because when you make a left turn its always much wider and longer then a right turn , thus more tire wear on the left .
 

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I fail to see how any type of "normal riding conditions" could produce wear like that in the OP...? There has got to be something else wrong.
 
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I fail to see how any type of "normal riding conditions" could produce wear like that in the OP...? There has got to be something else wrong.
I can't get my mind around it either. Of course I've been running on a single brain cell since I was about 18 and it's gotten pretty rounded around the edges.
 

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Of course I've been running on a single brain cell since I was about 18 and it's gotten pretty rounded around the edges.
Hmm....somehow I don't think so :nerd
 

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My front Avon looks mint with 6500 mi on it , my rear is very flat in the middle . In many years of riding in the past , I have ALWAYS 2 to 1 front , 1 back . This is the first EVER back looking like it will fold before a front . Just an observation , but Rear is wearing shockingly flat , down the middle .
 

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Mags you mean 2 rears to 1 front correct? I am putting an Avon Cobra on the rear tomorrow... You guys are making me second guess my decision.
 

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Mags you mean 2 rears to 1 front correct? I am putting an Avon Cobra on the rear tomorrow... You guys are making me second guess my decision.
NOPE ! I have always gone 2 fronts to 1 rear , I believe it stems from my sport bike days being front brake heavy . This is the first time EVER I believe my front will outlast the rear . I blame it on the tires only because it sets a 32 year precedent .
 

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wonder if the left side is wearing out faster cause of bad wheel alignment
 

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There is more left tire wear because when you make a left turn its always much wider and longer then a right turn , thus more tire wear on the left .
My left side always wears first whatever tyre, whatever bike.
And I'm riding on the left hand side of the road.
I think I just take left handers quicker and harder than to the right.
My experience throws road camber theories out the window.
 
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