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Old 06-23-2015, 08:03 PM
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2000 miles on Angel GT - change for trip?

2015 K1300s. Got 2800 miles on the rear M3 that came with the bike, and I now have about 2100 miles on a set of Pirelli Angel GT's.

July 3 I drive the bike from Arizona to Colorado, 900 miles one way. Will spend the week in a timeshare in Dillon, using it as a base of operations for trips to Rocky Mtn Ntl Park, Mt Evans, Boulder, etc, etc. Then 900 miles back home again.

In 3 days I take the bike in for its 6000 mile server, probably at 5200 miles. The question is - do I put a new rear tire on or not? It's clear I'm getting better mileage out of the GT's than the M3's, and I'll be able to have at least 4000 miles before needing a change, and perhaps even 6000 miles. Trouble is, I don't know how much mileage I'll get, so I may be taking a trip back home on a tire with cords ready to show, or I may be fine.

I'm leaning toward getting a new rear put on for peace of mine, but I hate only getting 2200 miles out of a good tire. If the tire mileage is 6000 miles, I'll be fine, but I suspect it will be more like 5000, which would put me on a worn-out tire about when I get home. 4000 miles means I have to take a day off on vacation and find a shop to put another tire on.

Anyone else want to chime in on Angel GT mileage? This will be a sport tour, not a race, and that should extend tire life compared to the heavy throttle/high speed play of the first 3000 miles.
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Old 06-23-2015, 08:49 PM
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Re: 2000 miles on Angel GT - change for trip?

I have 8000 miles on mine and still life in them
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Old 06-23-2015, 08:54 PM
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Re: 2000 miles on Angel GT - change for trip?

Hey Craig, are you doing many miles on the slab (freeway)? I found these tyres wear very evenly and start to get that flat spot past 10,000km (6k mikes), but I do a lot of commuting so I'm going to wear the middle quicker than most.
How does the tyre look now, post up a picture of the rear and those of us that love and use the Angel GT's will tell you where it's at.
We had our Australian rally in March, and I had my Angel GT's about 1/3 to 1/2 worn, and decided to do the ride on fresh tyres, there was nothing wrong with the old set, and they sit at my dealership for when the current ones are toast.
Sounds like the type of trip your doing will be fine for your tyre.
But if in doubt, fit the new ones, and refit the old ones next time.

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Re: 2000 miles on Angel GT - change for trip?

Why not keep them? If need be you can always ride down the hill to Denver and get new ones.
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Re: 2000 miles on Angel GT - change for trip?

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But if in doubt, fit the new ones, and refit the old ones next time.

That's what I'd do if I were in your position...I'd want new, rounded tires for all those fantastic Colorado roads.
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Re: 2000 miles on Angel GT - change for trip?

Last set of Angel GT A specs on the K1600 I got nearly 14000kms out of them, no cords showing, still tread just badly scalloped, the Angels seem to scallop up after about the 10000km mark.
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Re: 2000 miles on Angel GT - change for trip?

I did a little over 13,000 miles on a set and now am on my second set that I did a LA to NJ slab burn on. You could just barely make out the GT molded into the center of the rear tire after almost 3000 miles. So I wouldn't worry about your tires not lasting the trip.
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Re: 2000 miles on Angel GT - change for trip?

Can't speak about Angel GT since I don't have them. But last Fall I took a major trip (over 4,000 miles) and knew I would need a service at the destination, and probably would be due for tires then, too. What I did is called the dealer in that area, made a service appointment, and reserved a set of tires if I needed them. The had me in and out in a little over 2 hours, with tire change. So I was able to used up my old tirese before replacing, not get an early service, and only lose a little vacation time.

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Re: 2000 miles on Angel GT - change for trip?

Some of you guys get amazing mileage out of a set of tires. The most miles I've ever gotten from a set of Angel GT's is 6,200 and I was just down to the cord on the rear. If I recall, the earliest I've ever changed them is around 5,500 miles so at least for me they have a pretty consistent life span.

I would think you'll be OK for your trip but they'll be shot when your done. Keep in mind that high speeds, hot pavement and heavy loads will wear them quicker and that they seem to wear faster as they approach the end of their life.

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Re: 2000 miles on Angel GT - change for trip?

I forgot to mention I'm running the A spec rear. Others have reported it lasting longer than the standard version. That and I almost never turn off the traction control. I'm sure I could burn up a rear in short order with it off, laying darkies all over the place.
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I get about 4,000 - 4,500 miles out of a rear tire. When riding in the Texas Hill Country I get 3,500 - 4,000 miles.
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Re: 2000 miles on Angel GT - change for trip?

I've done 4,500 miles on mine with plenty of life left. That's mainly on motorways and British A roads at sub-100mph speeds. I'm banking on another 1500 miles to see me through a long weekend in Spain.
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Re: 2000 miles on Angel GT - change for trip?

I'm with K_enn. Every year my band of idiots hit the road for a boys trip and one of them will always need a tyre! Sometimes we book a tyre or two ahead but usually we just wing it and make a phone call or two on the run and have a coffee whilst the job gets done. Go on, live on the edge!
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Decided to keep it

I took the bike in yesterday for a 6000 mile service, and the mechanics there thought the tires would be fine for my upcoming trip. So I've left it alone, with the plan to drive to Denver and have another tire mounted if the tire life proves shorter than expected. It's looking like it will last twice as long as the stock M3 rear tire.

If things go as expected, I'll be getting just to the replacement range when I get back to Phoenix.
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Re: 2000 miles on Angel GT - change for trip?

Just got back from my trip to Colorado. 2800+ miles, and I still (thankfully) have plenty of tread left on the rear. Pretty flat-spotted, but real tread, and I drove through plenty of rain on the trip with no issues.

I now have 6000 miles on the GT's. Double the life of the original M3's, and it's not done yet though I'll probably have a new set put on next week. Worn tires may have tread, but handling isn't great at moderate lean angles.

I'll try to get a pic of the tread left.
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new tires - wow!

Today I took the bike in to have the Hot Start Kit installed (free, but took about 5 hours), plus two new Angel GT's.

Oh boy, what a difference! The old GT's had tread left (I have pics to post), but were flat-spotted. You had to really push the bike into a turn. Now it just falls in like nothing - like going from a car with manual steering to one with power steering. It feels like all the comments I've heard about riser plates.

Old tires had just under 5000 miles. Before that, the stock M3's wore out at 2800 miles.

Hot start kit works beautifully too.
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