They said it has to show 3mm in tread depth and I was just on the limit. I went back today and they actually passed me, but I sort of had to plead for the pass. The local BUELL dealer inspected it yesterday so I was wary of calling those guys liars as I am new to the area and would hate to have to ride 100 miles for service.
Well, I have the same bike and the same tires and the rear was gone after 1500 miles. I replaced it with the same model and at 3000 miles, the central portion is down to 2 mm and the sides are at about 4mm. The front tire will likely last another 2000. I did have a couple of spirited rides at Deals Gap so, I had fun for my money. I think that downshifting on the Buell is inherently harder on the rear tire because of the engine inertia and that may explain why your mileage isn't any better even without wheelies.
I got 1400 miles out of a Dunlop 207 rear on my XB9SL. I'm not an aggressive rider. I could have probably squeezed another 500 out of it before it became really dangerous, but I'm pretty conservative when it comes to bike tires.
I had 3000 on the Pirelli rear on my XB9SX and was waiting on a new tire when it went flat. I was planning to put a couple hundred more on it before replacing.
I like the Pirellis. I am more confident in them than I ever was the Dunlops. The added mileage is a bonus!
Reports of short-lived Dunlop 207's are typical on the Buell forums. There seems to be a relationship between a rider's weight and tire longevity. The guys that weigh around 150 were getting significantly more mileage than the guys around 200 pounds. Typical mileage figures were 1500 - 2500 miles. Road surface is a bigger factor than I realized at first. The chip / seal road surface that is so common in my area REALLY seems to chew up tires.
There may be better options, but I am certain that you won't be disappointed with the Pirellis on your Buell.
Try either Michelin Macadam's. Either bias ply or radials. I got about 6000 miles on a radial Macadam on my 1997 T1000S. The front lasted even longer. I also have an ST1100, which I run with Macadam 50's. The rear tire saw about 10,000 miles before being bald in the middle. Tons of tread farther out. Also had good luck with a Metzeler ME55 Metronic. Pretty sticky and decent life too. I also heard good things about the Dunlop D205. No experience though. The Michelin's are cheap(er) and last da best!
Try either Michelin Macadam's. Either bias ply or radials. I got about 6000 miles on a radial Macadam on my 1997 TL1000S. The front lasted even longer. I also have an ST1100, which I run with Macadam 50's. The rear tire saw about 10,000 miles before being bald in the middle. Tons of tread farther out. Also had good luck with a Metzeler ME55 Metronic. Pretty sticky and decent life too. I also heard good things about the Dunlop D205. No experience though. The Michelin's are cheap(er) and last da best!
I had 5500 miles on my OEM issue D207's on a 2001 ZX-6r in less than 4 months which I thought was amazing.....it seems that the tire wear has a direct relation to TQ though as a 600 is rather mundane in the TQ department and my Superhawk goes through tires every 3500 miles or so......just my 2 cents
Picked up a nail in my AV46 tonight on the way home, plugged it but it didn't hold so it looks like Avon AV46ST's are good for about 12k + 1 nail
I almost got stuck with a D220. Karma after what I said about them, but Cycle Gear in Tacoma has a Pilot Road for a buck fitty OTD so I'll take the wheel down there tomorrow and get it taken care of. I think the Avon would have been good for around 15k or so, just for the record..Nice tire but spendy and back ordered so looks like I'm back on Michilins.
Me too. I've had 15000 miles out of a pair of Macadams on an old Beemer R100RS, and I've got a Macadam 50 on the back of a Sportster right now with 10,000 miles on it and still tread to spare. IMHO, though, they're not for people who like to strike sparks off the footrests in turns: my more modern Beemer has Bridgestone 020s on and there's a hell of a difference. I don't think I'd like to run a Buell on Macadams - or at least, not if I intended to ride with any enthusiasm.
1600 miles from a name brand tire like Dunlop seems pretty low, but softer (read stickier) compounds are meant to grip...not to last. Just the same, I'd like to know where the so-called measurements were taken. Were the treadware indicators showing? If not, I think your inspector jumped the gun, though new tires are always nice. I like Bridgestone Battlax tires, tried several styles, all wore at least 5k miles. Good Luck.
OK, prbably doesn't help you much, but I just replaced the Metzler 880's on my Vmax with about 18,000 miles on them. I know a woman with a Valkyrie that had a set of Avon Venom's go 32,000 for her. Mileage can be had!