Join Date: May 2009
Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
Many thanks to this thread's contributors for taking the time to supply useful information.
It seems like anywhere between 3,400 and 7,400 miles can be expected from the OE Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tires. I assume that this range of tire life is due to different load, riding style and the type of roads ridden and their surface properties. However, it does present a conundrum for a 3,000-mile trip with 1,500 - 2,000 miles already on the tires. I suppose that the safe decision would be to put a new Pirelli on the back before leaving on the tour and keep the original for remounting when that new tire has worn out. By the time that the refitted original wears out the front should be toast too, and a new pair of tires could be fitted, probably of a different brand/model.
They told me to act my age: so I'm riding like there's no tomorrow!
2008 Ducati Sport 1000 Biposto
2005 Kawasaki ZZR1200
1957 Velocette Venom
1983 Suzuki GS750ES (passed to next generation)