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Average Life of Stock Tires

I'm sure this has been asked and answered many times, but can someone tell me about how many miles can I expect from the brand new stock tires. I ride an average of 4000 miles a year, I am not hard on the bike at all. Just turned 8000 miles and the tires still look new.
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I have an 06 with 9000+ miles and the tread in the center of the back tire is almost gone. I think I was using a bit too much air.

I took a look at the front tire and found that the tread depth is fine but the edges are cupped.

So I'm replacing both tires with a bit less than 10000 miles. I ride my VN pretty aggressively, though, so you may get more life out of yours.

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I was able to get 13000 out of mine.

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11,000 miles. The rear tire probably could have gone a little bit longer, but I thought it best to replace both at the same time.
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My 06 has 9400 miles on it and the tires look good still.
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I don't think I got more than 6k on my IRC's running near max pressure. I need to back off the throttle more ;-) and lose some weight.


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My Stock tires got only 10K, I put on Metlers and sold the bike with 23K and the tires still looked great.

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Sometimes time is more important than mileage. Rubber deteriorates over time and any tires coming up on the 5-6 year mark are getting pretty dangerous. If they're over 6 years, you're risking your life every time you ride. If you can see fine dry rot cracks then it's long overdue. Most experienced bikers I've spoken with have recommended every 3-4 years whether they're worn down or not. Same goes if you buy a "new-to-you" bike. Make sure you understand the date codes on the side of the tires. Look for a number starting with "DOT" and ending in either a three or four digit code (tires after the year 2000 have a four digit code) that indicates the week/year of manufacture. For example my front tire code ends in 3905 which translates into the 39th week of 2005. I plan to replace them next spring at roughly the 4-year point. Make sure to check any "new" tires you buy as there is a lot of "new" old outdated stock out there. If they're more than a year old, you're getting gipped and should complain/return/exchange them for a newer set.

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For everyday commuting I was getting 12,000 on the rear and 18,000 on the front.
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