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I just ordered this: Bridgestone Excedra G850 180/55-18 for the rear of my CVO bike. I got 7, 300 miles out of my previous one. The Bridgestone 120-19 on the front still has lots of tread, so I'm wondering if I should replace it anyway, so they will be roughly the same age? I have 39K+ miles on the bike; 37K are my miles. I'm 81 now, and still riding to breakfast (outdoors, at a park) every Friday, due to the virus. We stay apart, without masks, because we have few cases here. If it weren't for these rides to relieve the stress of this Twilight Zone we live in, I'd be going nuts cooped up. At least the gas is cheaper. How do you cope?
 

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Naw, CFish run the front till shes gone - should last two times the rear otherwise you're throwing money away - unless it's dry rotted or older than 6-8 years ditch it. Hey I finally put that 30t front pulley like you did on my R Model I LOVE it ! We put a couple beers in ziplock bags inside the saddlebags and ride up to the St. Johns river sit under the bridge and sip on 'em watching the river flow by - But last evening they opened Gators riverside restaurant so the parking lot was full ! :oops: We had some social distancing food and a couple beers, the sun even came out - and a great 30t ride home so there is Hope !!
 

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I prefer to use the term "socialist distancing". And enjoy tormenting the virtue signalling "Karens" in the area.
To date,in my county 28 positive tests, 23 of whom are now recovered patients. F' their masks. (n)

On topic, run the Excedra . I'm on my 3rd set. 2 rears to one front is usually what I get with them.

I will admit to being tempted to try a pair of the Dunlop American Elites when next I replace tires. I have my own reasons for the experiment.
 

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H-D Heathen try the Metzler Cruisetec yea it took a bit to convince me too but I gotta tell ya so far so good ! Just went over 500 miles yesterday and the bike rides the best ever, especially at the extreme lean - no more tire push back, it just falls into the corner, and waits for your next command. Yes, they're that good. Mileage report to follow, ( wait a couple years ) (y):D
 

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H-D Heathen try the Metzler Cruisetec yea it took a bit to convince me too but I gotta tell ya so far so good ! Just went over 500 miles yesterday and the bike rides the best ever, especially at the extreme lean - no more tire push back, it just falls into the corner, and waits for your next command. Yes, they're that good. Mileage report to follow, ( wait a couple years ) (y):D
I ran Metzlers a few years back, and liked them just fine. I have slowed down a bit as I've gotten old, so my tires don't have to be as sticky in the corners. I get about 2K more miles out of the Bridgestones than I did with the Metzlers. The OEM Bridgestones on my car went 50K, and the dealer replacement cost was a strong 30% better than local quotes. One local quote was 100%+ higher! The car is a 2014 Honda CR-V.
 

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Naw, CFish run the front till shes gone - should last two times the rear otherwise you're throwing money away - unless it's dry rotted or older than 6-8 years ditch it. Hey I finally put that 30t front pulley like you did on my R Model I LOVE it ! We put a couple beers in ziplock bags inside the saddlebags and ride up to the St. Johns river sit under the bridge and sip on 'em watching the river flow by - But last evening they opened Gators riverside restaurant so the parking lot was full ! :oops: We had some social distancing food and a couple beers, the sun even came out - and a great 30t ride home so there is Hope !!
With the 30t front pulley & new belt, I got 38mpg on my 84 mile breakfast run last Friday, and the gas was cheap (relatively speaking; this IS California. $2,49/gal for 91 octane. That's down from $3.69 a few months ago.) Things are beginning to reopen here, but I still can't get a haircut. Maybe I'll let it grow to pony tail length. At 81, I'm just happy to still have hair. I may have to get a size larger helmet, soon. Not to mention, pants & a longer belt😁
 

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You're an inspiration Cyberfish2 ! I'd love to still be riding in 20 years as then I'll be your age - If I can get 100K out of my new engine like a couple guys here have I might still be on the same V Rod ( If it's still allowed to be operated due to pollution laws ) Keep Riding My Man ! (y);)
 

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I'm 74 and still riding like hell when I can find the time and as long as my wife doesn't know just how fast my VRSCA will go. I have a 30t i'm going to put on soon and see how much it will affect my mileage and top speed.I put on a Bridgestone last year and it is holding up well. I don't usually get too much mileage out of tires but I'll see what this one does.
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It's amazing - when I bought into the V Rod club I figured there would be mainly a lot of younger guys & I'd be the oldest but actually there are a lot of us 60 & up older guys & I think that's great - it's an amazing bike & engine, smooth & reliable, built for the long haul I guess kinda like us. ;)
 

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It's amazing - when I bought into the V Rod club I figured there would be mainly a lot of younger guys & I'd be the oldest but actually there are a lot of us 60 & up older guys & I think that's great - it's an amazing bike & engine, smooth & reliable, built for the long haul I guess kinda like us. ;)
I've had quite a few motorcycles over my 81 years. This '05 CVO V-Rod has been the most trouble free of them all. I had to replace a shifter shaft in 2009, which turned out to be an easy half hour job. Other than that, tires, battery, & oil changes in 40K+ miles. I will keep this until I can't ride anymore. I love this bike. Welcome to the group.
 
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