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Sep 27th 2018, 05:17 PM   #1
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
Angel GT's on my C14

Just reviewed my maintenance log, buying new brake pads for the winter maintenance period.

Realized I bought my tires last October, so I thought I'd inspect them closely after a year of service. Plenty of meat left on both. The rear is a bit flat in the middle, but there's a lot of rubber there. Like, a lot.

Bike has 15000 miles. Front went on at 7466 and rear went on (the second rear. i lost the first one to a wayward wheel weight on 6th ave in tacoma) at 8743.

So I've got over 6200 on the rear and over 7500 on the front. ANd it looks like I've got maybe another 5000 on the rear and 4000 on the front, swagging it based on current wear and that i always ride the same way.

So these Angel GT's are going to be 10,000 mile tires on my bigass C14.

I'm buying them again, totes mc goats.

THEN



NOW

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Edited by Sentinel on Sep 27th 2018 at 05:21 PM
Sep 28th 2018, 07:18 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

I never get more that 3500 miles running the GT's on my C14. By 3200 miles the front is almost gone. I stopped buying them long ago. The only tire that got me to at least 6K miles were the AVON 3DXM's and by that time the front was wasted. Went through 3 sets.

I now run the last 2 sets of Dunlop Road Smart 3's. I can get 5K miles before the front is gone. I may go back to the Avon's next time.

Glad you can get that kind of mileage, I have never come close.
Sep 28th 2018, 07:19 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

I'm impressed Senti. I only got 5400 miles out of a set of Angel GT's on my N1K before I hit the cords on the rear. My front was pretty much done as well.
Sep 28th 2018, 01:19 PM   #4
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
Yeah, the front tire on the C14 does a LOT of work.

I run my tires on the hard side, accelerate gently (getting an average mpg of almost 46), and try and brake gently as well.

Also, I don't ride 2-up and I'm pretty skinny.

I think it's all about being gentle on the controls, anticipating as much as possible, slowing down rather than racing up to a red light and braking hard, and trying to do as much of my acceleration while I'm leaned-over as possible.
Sep 28th 2018, 02:27 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

I ride the PACE. The wear comes from thousands of comers when I travel. Oregon and Northern CA wear out tires quickly. I don't squirt from stop light to stop light or corner to corner. In fact you would really enjoy my PACE because its spirited but leaves spare traction circle left over.

You are not alone, some on the COG forum get mileage as you are getting. Some, same as I do. And a lot in between. I just don't see how its possible on the C14. It eats front tires. At least in my experience.
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Sep 28th 2018, 04:09 PM   #6
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  Jun 2016
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  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
Sep 28th 2018, 04:11 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
I may have to try the Angels if Michelin quits sending me freebies, but I just finally wore out the stock rear B-Stone after putting a half worn Dunlop Q3 on the front 4 months ago. That alone made a huge positive difference but now that I put the matching track worn Q3 on the rear it is amazing how the handling is transformed. Bike feels 127 pounds lighter.
Thanks for sharing the details on your data gathering.
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