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post #1 of 182 Old 03-20-2013, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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My name is RL. I destroy tires.

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Here are my Michelin Pilot Road 3 photos.


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post #2 of 182 Old 03-20-2013, 07:56 PM
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Obviously a combination of your riding style and the heaviness of the K1600. I look at it in terms of enjoyment. A simple consumable that translates in to fun!

You have an open invitation to ship tires to my house and then let me change them on the new Weaver machine. We'll balance them with the Marc Parnes equipment and you'll be good to go!
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although not as bad, my factory Z8s lasted 3800 miles, my PR3 rear is about due at only 4000 miles... it's worth it though!

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It's just that I see forum members getting over 10,000 miles on their tires. Can the riding styles be that different? Can the roads be that different?

I keep my tires at 42 psi, and check before every ride, compensating for temperature, race quality gauge.

I think I ride at a reasonable pace.

But then, I don't recall getting over 6,000 miles on any BMW ever.

Could it be me?

Do I need therapy?

Maybe riding therapy?

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But then, I don't recall getting over 6,000 miles on any BMW ever.

Could it be me?

Do I need therapy?

Maybe riding therapy?
Not even on your 1200GS RL?

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Did you say therapy??? Maybe we need to take a look at that!! Rl, thare are a bunch of us getting the same kind of mileage. Just the nature of the beast. I am pretty sure that's exactly why we bought the bike!! Some are more aggressive than others but riding is what we do. Unfortunately I only get to ride 2 to 4 months a year depending on the months I get my shoreside leave. Maybe I need the therapy more than you for having a bike of this caliber that I really don't get to ride enough. Not to mention the cars and other toys in the man cave.

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I have 10K on my PR3's and will go another 2-3K. I keep them at 42psi as well. I weight 240lbs. I have never gotten less than 10K on PR2/3's. I think it's those Texas roads.
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Not even on your 1200GS RL?
I used to get right up to 6,000 miles on the R1100 and R1200 GSs. That's it.

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Paraphrasing Meese in that GS Rider Tests a GTL thread:

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BMW has thoughtful built a User-Controlled Tire Life Management System (UCTLMS) into every K16. It's that round thing on the end of the right handlebar. Turn it away from you to maximize tire life, and turn it toward you to maximize fun.
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It's just that I see forum members getting over 10,000 miles on their tires. Can the riding styles be that different? Can the roads be that different?

I keep my tires at 42 psi, and check before every ride, compensating for temperature, race quality gauge.

I think I ride at a reasonable pace.

But then, I don't recall getting over 6,000 miles on any BMW ever.

Could it be me?

Do I need therapy?

Maybe riding therapy?
I agree. I don't get too bad mileage on my tires because I have to slog through Houston to get to the good roads. But my factory Bridgestones have 4800 miles on them and I'd say one or two more rides and they will be done. But I'd rather enjoy 5,000 miles than brag about 10,000. I do get much better mileage on PR2's on my other bikes though. I plan to put PR3's on the BMW in a few weeks.

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