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new Michelin S-1 for rear tire replacement

 
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kmrcstintn
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leftover '13 Buddy 125

PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:31 pm    Post subject: new Michelin S-1 for rear tire replacement Reply with quote

bought a Michelin S-1 last autumn to replace OEM Cheng Shin on my '13 Buddy 125...had it mounted @ 3 weeks ago; I have @ 180 miles on it which definitely wore off the slick coating & I am gaining more confidence to ride faster & lean more into the turns; it is 'taller' than the OEM tire and has less room under the rear fender...no rubbing just fits closer; I got 5698.7 miles out of the original Cheng Shin & hoping to get at least 6k out of the Michelin; the OEM front tire has plenty of tread left & rubber is still soft...
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scootERIK
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Joined: 12 Jul 2012
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Location: Lake Geneva, WI
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a good chance the S-1 won't last as long as the stock tire, the stock tires are some of the longest lasting tires out there, I got 9,000 miles out of my rear. The problem with the stock tires is that they are "twitchy" feeling. The S-1 will be a much nicer ride. I get about 4,500-5,000 miles out of an S1. As for the front tire I would recommend changing it when you get the next new rear tire even if it looks good.
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Location: Oregon City, OR
Buddy 125, GTS300, Typhoon 125

PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found the stock tires to be made with poorer quality rubber compounds which provide less traction on corners and in the rain. We now use Continental Zippys on our Buddy. Unless you put a lot of miles on your Buddy, the tires will reach the end of their useful life due to the rubber hardening before the tread wears out. IMO any scooter tire should be changed out after 5-6 years max.
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kmrcstintn
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leftover '13 Buddy 125

PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for feedback on S-1 longetivity & Continental Zippy performance; as for the oem front tire...this scoot sat inside the showroom from 2013 until February 2017 & not exposed to the weather & seasonal temperature changes; the shop owner/tech confirmed the rubber is still soft; the oem rear tire was also soft...just honest wear & tear (not enough centerline tread to pass inspection this year)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The OEM Cheng Shin tires are sometimes called "rim protectors", as in, they protect the rim from coming in contact with the road. Although they may last a long time, they are not your safest option. They have less traction than new tires, even of the same brand.
Treat yourself to a new set of good quality tires. The price is small insurance for the safest detail between you and the road.

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