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Old 11-18-2012, 01:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought my 06 Honda Shadow last Feb. Been riding it ever since and have added 6,000 miles to the odometer. Recently It felt a little slick going around corners. Wondering if I need a new back tire. The tires were new when I bought the bike. But I've only been riding not quite a year and don't really know what Im doing.

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Old 11-18-2012, 02:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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check the tread depth in the middle of the tire. there should be wear bars someplace to show when worn. 6000 miles you've put on them could be worn down.
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Here are a couple pictures on what to look for:



Lots of opinions on tires out there, but I personally like the Metzeler ME 880 and will be replacing my stock tires (Dunlops) when the time comes.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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yep. what the others said. look for the wear bars.
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I really like the Metzelers 880's over the stock dunlop 404's.
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Having only the stock type tires on my bike (D404/K555 WWW), and them being 9 years old, I chose to put what I could afford. I got a "buddy deal" on new D404s, front and rear. I wanted the Metzeler 880s, too. Couldn't justify the cost, right now. Mountain of bills, two kids, and twins on the way. I'll take what I got. It rides thousands of times better than what was on the hoops before.

Personally, I think you got your money's worth from your tires. I know a few people that are lucky to get 2,000 miles from their tread.


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I bought my bike from the original owner with around 6500 miles. The original Dunlop rear tire was already bald in the middle.
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I have the Metzler ME 880s and had 32K on the front tire when I changed it. I have over 19K on the rear and it still has plenty of tread. Yes they cost a little more, but you will be happy with how they handle as well as how they wear.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:46 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Be carefull when using cleaning products on the tires, don't use armorall, tire shine , or any of the products that contain wax...I use Spray Nine" on mine - it gets them clean and black without any contaminants.
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