I've just put a new set of Metzler Tourance tyres on my BMW R1150GS. The previous ones have given 28500kms, which is 17-18,000 miles. Mind you the previous owner and I are both big guys and the bike was used predominately for fast long distance rides, loaded to the gunnels with luggage and a cuddly pillion.
The back has a bit of life left in it, but I replace them in pairs. There might be rubber there, but that rear has been spinning around the same number of time as the front. The cost of the reduced tyre life compared to crash damage to you or the bike is very insignificant in my book.
I travel comfortably, which reads, lots of luggage and weight and I like to wear the tryes down in the twisties as well. Why trash a tyre that is only worn in the middle?
Those hogs or whatever you guys ride must be easy on tyres or you use harder compounds and don't push them as hard to get those sorts of miles.
Last edited by snowymountainsmick; 08-16-2010 at 07:28 PM.