Tire Life on the Hyperstrada

I March I put new tires on the Hyperstrada. I chose to go with the Bridgestone BT-023’s that I’ve use in the past on the Monster.

I hope the life that I got out of them isn’t going to be the new normal for the Hyperstrada, because just over 6,000 miles isn’t going to cut it. I got close to 10,000 miles from these tires (different size) on the FrankenMonster, so getting only about 60% of the life was disappointing.

It’s down to the wear-bars already!  Those Chicken Strips are huge too…

I’ve been thinking as to why I got such poor mileage and I can think of only a few reasons.

The first is that I’m now riding a motorcycle that puts about 100 hp down through that rear tire. That’s about a 50% increase in horsepower compared to the FrankenMonster. I can imagine that eating up my rear, though I was hoping the harder compound was going to handle it a bit better.  I might be able to mitigate this if I take it easier on my acceleration. This however is much easier said than done. Accelerating hard on a motorcycle is one of life’s purest joys, I’m not sure I’ll be able to give this up. Though the pain of replacing a rear tire every three or four months might change my mind.

The second thing that might have hurt tire life is that I wasn’t as good a checking my tire pressure as I should have been. I don’t know how much this might have hurt tire life. The pressure never got that low, but I’m going to definitely try to be better on the next set of tires to see if it helps.

Besides those couple of things I can’t think of anything else. If you have tips on getting better life out of your motorcycle tires I’d appreciate hearing them.

I guess we’ll see how long the new rear lasts.

I was out last weekend, getting the last bit of life out of those tires.


About MotoCynic

I started riding motorcycles in 2006, and there is no going back. I've ridden more than 100,000 miles, most of it on a Ducati Monster, and despite setbacks and murderous BMW's I'm loving every mile.
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2 Responses to Tire Life on the Hyperstrada

  1. zed14 says:

    I’ve been running Michelin Pilot Road tyres on both my zx14’s and i love them and for a 200hp bike i get up to 10,000+ miles and my bike is much heavier. I find for open road / mountain roads i have more than enough grip.

    Interestingly a couple my friends were running the same tyres but were getting condiderably less milage – however we have very similar riding styles. In the end we put it down to largely how the bikes put down power. My big 4 pits out out huge smooth torque whereas the triples had more of a pulse and therefore harder on tyre. The big v twin may just pumish them that much more.

    Just a thought

  2. rjbuxton says:

    Maybe need a little more air in your rear?

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