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Hey, I have a Y2K Triumph Speed Triple that has an excessive appetite for front tyres. It eats two front tyres for each rear tyre. This is reverse what it should be. I run the tyres at about 38 PSI and mainly do city commuting - no racing here, no stoppies or even hard riding. The suspension is set up very hard though, I'm not sure if this will have an impact. I use sports-touring tyres.

Any ideas on why my front tyre wears out quicker than my rear?

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It might be worth checking to see if the wear pattern looks odd at all. I've heard that if you're wheel is out of alignment or unbalanced it can cause excessive and distinctive tyre wear. See this page for a fairly comprehensive treatment of tyre wear: http://www.rattlebars.com/tirewear/index.html

Having your suspension set up very hard can make you go through front tyres faster, so will doing a lot a heavy breaking, especially if you only use your front brake for slowing. Using a balanced combination of both brakes can help spread the tyre wear between the two tyres, although you would always expect a little more brake force at the front and therefore a little more wear.

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Thanks for the link. –  dave Apr 12 '11 at 1:13
    
There was no obvious issues with the tyre aside from cupping. As regards braking, the speed triple has front brakes that can stop a planet but rear brakes that couldn't slow a butterfly. This is the curse of sports bikes I suppose. I reckon I'll soften the front suspension and see what happens. –  dave Apr 12 '11 at 1:20

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