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I was wondering at what point a tire should be replaced. Im gonna try to get the most riding out of it but I don't want to push it too far. Pics would be cool.

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Take a look at my tire on this picture, thats rubbish... DSC00170.jpg

What is rubbish, the tire or the picture?:applause:

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It all depends on where you ride. In the SouthWest you can get away with using them much longer. I rode with guys in Arizona who wore them all the way down. I have also ridden in Wyoming and the soil consisted of decomposed granite. Even the mud holes had killer traction. Now ya move to places like Ohio and the MidWest that have clay based "soil" and I use that term lightly. We don't go on a moist ride without sharp new soft compound tires. I guess it comes down to when your bike handles crappy it's time for new tires.

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If you're climbing hills or pushing your limits on tight woods trails, change it when the knobs are chewed up and rounded. Be sure to flip the tire if it is non directional. You can also cut your tires with a razer blade "on any sunday" style! Just re-face the knobs so they have a sharp edge.

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I replace them when I notice that my traction is really starting to suck. I don't push that hard so I can run them until they're getting pretty low and they'll still work for me.

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Simple formula: When the cash in my wallet is equal to or greater than the cost of new tires and my desire to improve my bikes handling/traction is equal to or greater than buying something else -- like groceries, for example.:applause:

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What is this "loss of traction" you speak of? My 500 never hooks up even with a brand new tire :applause:

In all seriousness tho, I go by the chain rule for my 250F... It's a tad different with the 500 tho... its after a day on gravel.

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usually you will need a new tire, around the time you need a new chain.

Really?

I go through tires every 4-5 months. I should be buying a new chain as well according to your schedule?

How often do you go through tires?

I should be getting 2 years on my DID O-Ring chain.

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This ones probably still got another 1 or 2 good rides left on it, lol.

DSC01615.jpg

wow hahah :applause:

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usually you will need a new tire, around the time you need a new chain.

I run O-ring chains and let's say that they sure stay on the bike a lot longer than the tires. I'm on the third tire now, and my previous chain went for about 10 tires. Tires don't last too long on my XR600.

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usually you will need a new tire, around the time you need a new chain.

I have the stock chain on an 02 so I guess i cant use that rule. But i will be getting a new chain shortly now.

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I've developed a really accurate way to tell if my tire's worn-out: I ask my wife if I can afford a new one! If she says no, then it's not really worn out. If I think it's worn-out I can get around the "wife rule" by taking her out to dinner and a movie, then buying a new tire. If I need two tires, I simply do the dinner and movie thing, then tell her how thin she looks. You don't even want to know what I have to do for a new bike...

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