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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 11-02-2018, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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OEM BT023 vs BT023

My stock front was totally mutilated after 3000 miles at 42psi.

But I liked them until they got bad, and cheap to replace. Is there a difference?
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No difference anyone knows.

Mine was bald at 6200 miles. Wasn’t good enough or cheap enough to buy another.
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I have about 5200 miles on mine and they are getting thin on tread. Man, that was fast. They may go as long as N4HHE's.

I will be going with some Michelin PR4's I think. I'm a real fan of the Michelin's. Will be installing 83 degree valve stems at the same time. Can't understand a manufacturer putting on straight valve stems these days.
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My front is out at 6600 miles. Back still has a couple of thousand miles. On front, most wear is on right side of tire, and it's fairly extreme, left side normal wear. Never had a front tire wear like this. Can't understand why, maybe a wheel bearing or the head bearing or suspension out of whack, or just a funky tire? Anyone have any ideas? Next week will take it in for a pair of new Michelin tires.

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Hi kyote, I don't know what brands of tyres you can get in the USA, here in OZ I prefer to use Avon storm pilot 3, front and rear, the last set gave me 14000km front, and 19000km rear. As for the uneven wear on the front tyre, my front tyre wears more on the right side because we go clock wise on round abouts, on the US you guys go anti clock wise causing the wear to be on the left side of the tyres, have fun.
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My front is out at 6600 miles. Back still has a couple of thousand miles. On front, most wear is on right side of tire, and it's fairly extreme, left side normal wear. Never had a front tire wear like this. Can't understand why, maybe a wheel bearing or the head bearing or suspension out of whack, or just a funky tire? Anyone have any ideas? Next week will take it in for a pair of new Michelin tires.
I doubt it is anything other than you push the front harder in right turns. Mine have always worn faster on the left side. Front wears left faster but the rear has been fairly uniform until recently. RS3 on rear wears left even faster than other tires so I think "dual compound" is probably not a good choice for me. Left wore faster on current Evo GT rear. But that's not going to prevent me from mounting the Shinko 016s I have waiting.

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Over on the CB forum the guys were getting horrible mileage out of their front oem Bridgestones with no seemingly good explanation until we started measuring tread depth on the new Bridgestone's and found out they were only had 4/32 tread when NEW (whereas the rears had 9/32 if memory serves me). So if you replaced at 2/32 tread depth, you were replacing the front at 6,000 while the rears were lasting 10K or more.

A switch to Michelin PR3's and the guys were back to wearing out the rears before the fronts, but both were going over 10K.

I think that may be the case with my front BS on the FJR as well.

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My front T30 Evo GT has 7722 miles, rear 7196. Both are ready for replacement. Good tires. Not impressed with treadlife.

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New Michelin tires mounted today. This done at a Apex Sports in Colorado Springs, I have used this shop for decades and always good experience with them. Really pushed them to find a problem with front tire wearing more on right side They checked wheel bearings, head bearing, suspension, could find nothing wrong. So at this time I will go with theory that the front OEM BT023 was just a funky tire, and just keep an eye on this. Thanks for suggestions above.

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Doesn't it feel good to ride on brand new tires? Which Michelin's did you get?
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