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So how many miles are you up to? I hope to put new rubber on in the bike in the week or so. 8K would be nice. If I get as many days as I hope, that would be about March or so when I need to replace.
About 6,800 right now. Wife and I took a trip to wine country in Va this past weekend. Went up a couple long gravel drives to some of them. Not a confidence inspiring tire offroad IMO. I would guess I have maybe another 1-1,500mi left of the rear. Front is wearing very evenly to match the back. Very pleased there as I like to replace both at the same time.
The season is winding down here in south central Pa. Not logging tons of miles this season due to other projects taking much of my time. Hope to finish this set of tires up before winter and get an official mileage.
 

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Oh, and the set is still offering superb grip at this age/mileage. Sure, they are not as fresh as they were but I really have no complaints. I love these tires plain and simple. I've been through many brands over the years and I'll easily say they are the best combination of grip and life.
I was a huge fan of the Metzeler Z line (and remember running the laser front many moons ago). Ran Z4's on the Hawk GT, quite a few sets of Z6's on the Superhawk before experiencing them getting hard and not gripping well while still having decent tread depth left. Switch to Bridgestones (BT016f BT023r) and still use those on that bike. I prefer a more sporting tire on it as it has seen the track a few times. It ate up Conti's in 2500-3000mi so they were out. Not stellar grip anyway.
My ol' Ninja wore Dunlops and they were an ok tire for that bike. Not enough for me to continue with the brand when the bike changed.
I personally think this 5 is as close to a hypersport tire as you can get and still retain decent mileage. Especially considering how hard a big sporty twin is on a back tire.
 

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About 6,800 right now. Wife and I took a trip to wine country in Va this past weekend. Went up a couple long gravel drives to some of them. Not a confidence inspiring tire offroad IMO. I would guess I have maybe another 1-1,500mi left of the rear. Front is wearing very evenly to match the back. Very pleased there as I like to replace both at the same time.
The season is winding down here in south central Pa. Not logging tons of miles this season due to other projects taking much of my time. Hope to finish this set of tires up before winter and get an official mileage.
Good to hear. I have no plans for off road. If I do, it will be because the pavement ran out, which if you look hard enough, you can still find that out here. Otherwise, it's all blacktop. I was worried a bit about cold weather (pavement not snow) as I do plan to ride all winter here. Will see how it does when everything gets cold and hard.
 

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So to follow up, I decided to mount fresh rubber today. Pulled these off even though they had more life left.

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Total miles was 7031. Could have easily done 8k.
Bought a new Diablo Rosso Corsa II front because I was given a new rear one. So I will run the Pirelli's and go right back to the Road5.
 

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My Road 5's lasted an entire riding season... first time ever for any tire on the Multi. Even at the end of the year traction was still good and I could probably put another 500 miles on them before they were REALLY sketchy... but I think I'm around 10,000 - 11,000 miles and that's enough so new sneakers in the spring.
 
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My Road 5's lasted an entire riding season... first time ever for any tire on the Multi. Even at the end of the year traction was still good and I could probably put another 500 miles on them before they were REALLY sketchy... but I think I'm around 10,000 - 11,000 miles and that's enough so new sneakers in the spring.
I got 6500 and was at the same wear bar depth as wolverine. The new ones are alarming. The drop in with a fresh profile and correct tire pressure is...different. Great tires overall though. Featherlight off the wheels. $550 mounted with repair/replacement insurance is ouchy.
 

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Reading the replies above, I,m a little surprised as my front 5 is badly worn on both sides to the point of needing replacing at a low 4K kms approx. The rear of same age is ok, this is the first time I’ve seen a front wear out prior to the rear, and I’ve had many sets of PR4’s.

It might be our roads as a mate with 2010 has the same issue...

Any other Aussies seeing this?

Cheers John
 

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Reading the replies above, I,m a little surprised as my front 5 is badly worn on both sides to the point of needing replacing at a low 4K kms approx. The rear of same age is ok, this is the first time I’ve seen a front wear out prior to the rear, and I’ve had many sets of PR4’s.

It might be our roads as a mate with 2010 has the same issue...

Any other Aussies seeing this?

Cheers John
Do you religiously keep track of your pressures?
 

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Ive switched to Conti Road Attacks, the last set of PR5s i got 6000kms from the front and 6500kms from the rear, thats on both my Multi and my 1290GT, the new set of Conti Roads (on GT) have just passed 6000kms, the front shape is like new and about half worn, and the rear still has about a 3rd left, they are going to be my next set for the Multi, they don't chew out badly like the PR5 sides do, much better allround tire, wet or dry.
 
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Do you religiously keep track of your pressures?
Yes and run them a bit higher for our hotter location, 36 to 38 front and 40 rear two pounds or more depending on load.

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Ive switched to Conti Road Attacks, the last set of PR5s i got 6000kms from the front and 6500kms from the rear, thats on both my Multi and my 1290GT, the new set of Conti Roads (on GT) have just passed 6000kms, the front shape is like new
Thanks Dave I was wondering what to try next.

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I'm at 4000 miles on my PR5s... They are pretty much done. I'm know I ride more on the aggressive side. Typically riding on the Multi are long days of twisty roads all around California. Did two 400 mile days this past weekend of some of the best twisty roads between Paso Robles and LA and that pretty much finished them off... I'll commute a few days just to get my money's worth, but I think I'm going to try the Conti Road Attacks next or back to the Dunlop RoadSmart 3s which I had good luck with and felt good right to the end...
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Reading the replies above, I,m a little surprised as my front 5 is badly worn on both sides to the point of needing replacing at a low 4K kms approx. The rear of same age is ok, this is the first time I’ve seen a front wear out prior to the rear, and I’ve had many sets of PR4’s.

It might be our roads as a mate with 2010 has the same issue...

Any other Aussies seeing this?

Cheers John
I live in the states, and I always wear out my fronts 1st before the rear. Doesn't matter on which bike, the Yamaha FZ6 or my Multi. I have runned exclusively on Michellins once the OEM tires wore out.
 

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I have a set of these in the garage now. Waiting for Cycle Gear to get their machine back up and running so I can get them mounted. Looking forward to them.
I think you’ll really like them. I did. A friend (who has an ‘11 MTS S) got about the same mileage I did.
4K is really low. I’m wondering about pressures, road conditions, average temps etc. Even riding with the TC off will shorten life.
 

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I think you’ll really like them. I did. A friend (who has an ‘11 MTS S) got about the same mileage I did.
4K is really low. I’m wondering about pressures, road conditions, average temps etc. Even riding with the TC off will shorten life.
You squeezed every penny out of those things mate! My front was toast long before the rear PR5 too. Tire shop said high temps and hard braking killed it prematurely where other brands with different construction (and beefier/heavier) would last longer.
 

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I’m on my 3rd set of R5’s. The first set was for my trip last year to Wyoming and lasted 5800 miles. 2nd set lasted about 4400 during my ‘normal’ type riding. 3rd set....I picked up a nail and had to replace the rear with only 1200 miles on it. With 110,000 miles on my MTS, I’ve run just about every S/T on the market and this one is my new favorite.
 

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I can’t help but wonder what is so different in our riding that I get 10k out of a front and 11k out of a rear while you get well under half that. My mileage quoted is when I hit the wear bars, not riding them to the cords. I’m pretty lazy about checking pressure unless going on a trip or heading to the mountains for the day. I had my bike loaded for camping for half of those miles- 2 up for another 1500 or so. So weight doesn’t seem to be a huge factor either. I’m pretty gentle on the throttle. Is that really playing in to wear that much?
 
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