v2rider wrote:I seem to go through rubber very quickly compared to some of you. I have about 17000km on the clock and am on my 5th set of tyres. ... OEM Contis and Pilot Powers... Bridgestone BT-016, Dunlop Qualifier RR, Metzeler K5 Interact
The tyre life is entirely down to the kind of tyres you're using. If you use soft tyres (such as 016s) they're going to wear out quickly compared to someone else using harder tyres (such as PR3s). I demolished the OEM Contis on my SMT in under 2000 miles, whereas I'm getting 4-5000 from PR3s, and even then only replacing them because they're a bit squared off, not because they're down to the carcass.
I gave up buying soft tyres for the road years ago. They wear out quickly, square off if you do serious miles on them, and the level of additional grip on offer just isn't really that critical on the road. I've gone as fast on PR3s, on both the SMT and the GSXR1000 before that, as is even vaguely sensible, and the only time I ever find myself wishing for more grip is when I'm being seriously hamfisted with the throttle on the gixer. On the SMT, with barely over a hundred ponies on tap, it's just not an issue.
Tyre manufacturers love us thinking we need super-sticky tyres on the road, because it leaves us paying premium prices two or three times as often as necessary. On the track, where you can really use it, I'll take all the grip I can get. But on the road it's less of an issue.
That said, it's mostly a mind trick. If having tyres that start 01 instead of 02, or have Power, Race or Qualifier in the name instead of Road, lets you believe you have the grip you need to ride with confidence, then it's money well spent.
I need a new hobbyhorse...