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    I used 705's on my KLR, so both lighter and less power than the NC. I sure would have liked to get your mileage out of them. I guess I ran the bike harder than I thought.

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    I have very good experience with Michelin Pilot Street Radial for the rear on a CB500X. They lasted 20.000km and are cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by New Commuter700 View Post
    When I was trying to decide whether to try and commute on a bike I was talking to the Honda salesman and mentioned that one of the factors involved is the higher cost of MC parts. He wanted to claim that wasn't true and when I pointed out that tires alone can cost more for two than 4 on my pickup he couldn't believe it. I had also priced other parts for comparison like the radiator which is 5 times more than the one I just got for my pickup. I did know going in that tires alone would make a big difference in total cost per mile and I know that I will probably have to replace the factory tires around 10k, if I'm lucky. Thank you ld_rider, I know that I will be getting the Dunlops when that happens.

    Anyway, let me spell it out. 4 tires on my pickup run me under $300 and last around 40 to 50 thousand miles. I don't expect that on the bike. If I get 15k (average) and pay less than $400 a pair then I think that I'll be happy. I am much more laid back than I was with my last bike though. I haven't smoked the tire all the way through the intersection with this bike.
    $300 for a set of truck tires!?! They are often more than that each here. but yah they will last 80,000 km where two rear and one front motorcycle tire would cost me $500 and last 20,000. I would spend $2,000 on bike tires in 80,000 km compared to $1,200 on truck tires.

    The big difference for me is fuel efficiency. I have been riding around 10,000 km a year. With fuel at about $1.30/l I save ~$1300 in fuel, but then pay ~$1100 in insurance. So ignoring regular maintenance, compared to just having my truck using my NC in the summer for commuting costs me $100 more tire wear, I save $1300 in fuel, but then I pay $1100 in insurance. So it nets a $100/year saving! Oh but then I need gear and farkles. Yah having and commuting by motorcycle doesn't really help my wallet, but I feel it helps my mental health.


    To answer the original question: using Shinko 805s on the rear and a TKC80 on the front I have been getting a bit better than 12k km (7k miles) on the rear and 20k km (12k miles) on the front riding a combination of dirt gravel and pavement. Change your tires when you feel its time. What you are doing seems pretty reasonable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildfire View Post
    $300 for a set of truck tires!?! They are often more than that each here. but yah they will last 80,000 km where two rear and one front motorcycle tire would cost me $500 and last 20,000. I would spend $2,000 on bike tires in 80,000 km compared to $1,200 on truck tires.

    The big difference for me is fuel efficiency. I have been riding around 10,000 km a year. With fuel at about $1.30/l I save ~$1300 in fuel, but then pay ~$1100 in insurance. So ignoring regular maintenance, compared to just having my truck using my NC in the summer for commuting costs me $100 more tire wear, I save $1300 in fuel, but then I pay $1100 in insurance. So it nets a $100/year saving! Oh but then I need gear and farkles. Yah having and commuting by motorcycle doesn't really help my wallet, but I feel it helps my mental health.


    To answer the original question: using Shinko 805s on the rear and a TKC80 on the front I have been getting a bit better than 12k km (7k miles) on the rear and 20k km (12k miles) on the front riding a combination of dirt gravel and pavement. Change your tires when you feel its time. What you are doing seems pretty reasonable.
    I also ran the math and even using an old Honda accord instead of my truck, my results were the same as yours, little to no savings, and yet I'm very rarely driving the cat or truck (2 or 3 weeks a year)

    I'm in California where it's legal to split lanes and traffic is horrible so riding the motorcycle is a great improvement How long have your tires been lasting on the NC700?

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    Volume and competition create lower prices on manufactured goods.
    There is less volume and competition on motorcycle tires than on automobile and truck tires.
    https://www.fuelly.com/motorcycle/honda/nc700x_dct_abs/2015/oklahomahank/621000]

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    What size are you getting the 705's. I see 150's but haven't see 160's
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    Quote Originally Posted by drdubb View Post
    What size are you getting the 705's. I see 150's but haven't see 160's
    Of the two close sizes, the 150/70 works best. Plus, it’s cheaper than the 170/60.

    The 150/70 has a bit more diameter than the stock 160/60, so your gearing will be a little bit taller, and your speedo will read a tad less than actual speed.
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    Thanks...I was thinking about the Shinkos for my next set. Been thinking about doing the MABDR and probably use these tires. I had them on my DR650 when I did the first part of the TAT. Only had trouble on one sandy section and thats because I don't know how to ride sand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drdubb View Post
    Only had trouble on one sandy section and thats because I don't know how to ride sand.
    Don't blame yourself. The heavy front end and small front wheel of the NC is not the right tool for riding in sand, anyway.
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    Actually, that was on the DR650. Just needed some practice.
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