Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Austin, TX, USA
My recommendation is to start with new rubber if there is any question on a long trip. Monday I returned from a 2,500 mile trip from Austin, TX to Deals Gap, NC. I thought I had plenty of tread left, but after 700 miles into the return, the rear was down to the cord with 350 miles to go. I was watching it closely prior to this with white knuckle riding on the interstate. The Michelin Road 5 was pushing 7,500 miles.
Spent the night in Texarkana to find a tire the next morning. Cycle Zone of Texarkana was very helpful with a great owner and mechanic. Unfortunately, the only 190 tire they had was a Shimko 190/50. This is a piece of crap tire! Very flat profile with high angle edges. Almost lost the bike on simple sweepers with the bike wanting to tip onto the edges of the POS tire.
New Road 5's ordered and will not ride the bike until installed!
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