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PUSkunk
08-20-2009, 12:38 PM
I know I haven't been around much, we're trying to get this photography studio off the ground and I've been working just about every weekend at a wedding or something. Does anyone have a take off / used 120/70? I'm starting to show cord in the front, and not on the middle but on one side. It's weird. I just need something to get me through the rest of the season.

Desmo Demon
08-20-2009, 03:27 PM
I wouldn't be of any help to you. All of our take-offs are bald or to the cords, usually....I'm sending you a PM, though.

PUSkunk
08-20-2009, 04:38 PM
Thanks for the PM. Useful information!

matto
08-20-2009, 09:05 PM
i dont know about you guys, but i usually get about 1:2 ratio on front to back tires. right now my front isnt showing any cord, and isnt bald, its still got a tiny bit of tread. im hoping my front will hold off until the rear goes. i didnt know it was as safe to wait till the front shows cord compaired to the back tire.

STRETCH
08-20-2009, 09:59 PM
I'll replace my front when it reaches the wear bars but usualy will run the rear bald. I find a rear wheel slide much easier to control.
My frontt and rear tires typicly wear out about the same time. except when I ran a BT021 and went through 3 fronts before I wore out 1 rear tire.

law1200
08-20-2009, 10:23 PM
I am going up to my buddy's shop tomorrow I will look to see if he has one

Desmo Demon
08-21-2009, 07:53 AM
i didnt know it was as safe to wait till the front shows cord compaired to the back tire.
It isn't. I've seen Vicki hit the cords (just barely) with a front tire. Usually, I try to have my front tire look like this before I remove it.....

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d32/Kramer_Krazy/worn_diablo_front.jpg

Rear tires are a bit different. I prefer to see cord before I remove a rear tire. This is the most worn we've had on a bike in the last five years. This was pulled off of Vicki's GSXR (she always burns through hers worse than I do)...

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d32/Kramer_Krazy/vicki_tire-1.jpg

We have the advantage of multiple bikes and often spare rims for many of our bikes. If we are planning a trip that is longer than the tire will last, or if the weather is not ideal to run a slick tire, we'll either switch bikes or swap out the wheels and then finish off a tire on a day with better weather.

We try to keep a decent amount of tires in our inventory. This was taken last year, and it currently has three sets of new Diablos, and 3-5 other tires (Dunlop, Bridgestone, Shinko, etc...).

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d32/Kramer_Krazy/tire_rack.jpg

rufrydrsc2
08-21-2009, 04:41 PM
It isn't. I've seen Vicki hit the cords (just barely) with a front tire. Usually, I try to have my front tire look like this before I remove it.....

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d32/Kramer_Krazy/worn_diablo_front.jpg



This is exactly what my front looks like right now. I'm having to take it easy for a while until I can recover from the wedding and buy a new front. My rear still has some miles on it. Not bad for 10,000 miles out of the set.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/rufrydrsc2/VFR/0821091642a.jpg

Desmo Demon
08-24-2009, 07:56 AM
Not bad for 10,000 miles out of the set.
We're are tickled sh!tless if we can get 3000 miles to a tire, now. I was getting worried earlier this year when we were eating them up in less than 2000 miles. We slowed down an average of about 5-10 mph and have seen our tire mileage increase pretty well. I saw 2700 out of my last front tire.

bandit01
08-24-2009, 07:23 PM
i dont know about you guys, but i usually get about 1:2 ratio on front to back tires. right now my front isnt showing any cord, and isnt bald, its still got a tiny bit of tread. im hoping my front will hold off until the rear goes. i didnt know it was as safe to wait till the front shows cord compaired to the back tire.

It's safe, up until the point that it pops. The trick is to change it before that. I usually have a set of tires waiting on my tire changer, and change the tire at the first sign of cord. It's easier when you commute to work (short trips, every day).

I don't have much use for front take offs, since I wear mine out on the sides. The rears however, I can probably stretch a take off since I always wear out the center.

matto
08-25-2009, 03:23 PM
i see you like the pirelli tires, those things are great price for grip/treadware. i think over 50% of my riding has been on those pirelli street tires. cycle gear usually has them at a great price. sometimes $159 for a set

Desmo Demon
08-25-2009, 03:32 PM
cycle gear usually has them at a great price. sometimes $159 for a set
I first started running Pirellis in 2001 when I replaced the tires on my ST2 for the first time. Then, shortly afterwards, Pirelli was running "Buy a Rear Tire, Get a Front for Free" promotions each time they came out with a new model. I remember them doing it with the Diablo, Diablo Strada, and the Corsa III tires. I did all of those promotions, and Vicki and I each did at least one of the promotions (two sets of tires for one promotion). Vicki and I had a contact where we were getting tires dirt cheap for a while, like $105 for a 180 Diablo Strada rear. We miss that contact. He's now working for a premium suspension manufacturer.

Cycle Gear first ran the Diablos at $149.95 per 120/180 set and then ran two $159.95 promotions before jumping up to $189.95 per set. They also ran the Dunlop D208 for $159.95 per 120/180 set. For each promotion (except one) we've bought 3-4 sets each time. That's one reason why I built my tire rack. They just had another promotion a few weeks back and I picked up three sets of the Diablos.

STRETCH
09-01-2009, 02:24 AM
how about a realy cheap new tire?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Harley-Davidson-tire-D207F-120-70-ZR-17-BW_W0QQitemZ310164328370QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotorcy cles_Parts_Accessories?hash=item48373c0fb2&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245

Desmo Demon
09-01-2009, 08:15 AM
how about a realy cheap new tire?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Harley-Davidson-tire-D207F-120-70-ZR-17-BW_W0QQitemZ310164328370QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotorcy cles_Parts_Accessories?hash=item48373c0fb2&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245

That tire should be at least seven years old since it has been replaced by the D208 and then the D208 Qualifier. They were original equipment on Vicki's 2000 R1 and Vicki has finished off the original tire and burned through two more of those D207 fronts that we've stumbled across at a steal of a deal. If it has been stored properly, it is probably still a good tire.

STRETCH
09-01-2009, 04:36 PM
That tire should be at least seven years old since it has been replaced by the D208 and then the D208 Qualifier. They were original equipment on Vicki's 2000 R1 and Vicki has finished off the original tire and burned through two more of those D207 fronts that we've stumbled across at a steal of a deal. If it has been stored properly, it is probably still a good tire.
you can always request the date code.
if any of you didn't know there is a 4 digit code on the side of tires that indicates the week and year the tire was made.
for example (2103) is the 21 first week of 2003

If your a fan of shinko tires try this site http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Pinwall-Cycle-Parts-Inc-New-Parts__W0QQ_sidZ651490179QQ_sopZ2?_nkw=120
cheapest new tires I've found. front tires starting at $65