1056 Miles on Saturday

D Peterson gpzzzzzer at hotmail.com
Mon Jul 30 20:19:41 PDT 2007

Hey Gang,

I have been thinking about it for a year or so, and on Saturday I finally 
did it.  Took my first Iron Butt Assoc qualifying ride by riding from Orem 
UT to Fallon NV and back.  My brother and I left at 04:35 and finished at 
23:25.  Nearly 19 hours.  We made frequent stops along the way for fuel, 
since my brother's Honda Valkarie was getting about 20 mpg on the same size 
tank as my GPZ.  I did not get as tired as I thought I might.  The Corbin 
seat did a good job for me, and I came thru unscathed.  Statistics for the 

Fuel used: 32.11 U.S. Gallons; MPG 32.9 (based on GPS mileage); Fuel cost 
$100.63.  Rear tires consumed - 1; Highest temperature encountered 108 F 
(42.2 C).

My RED GPZ has now surpassed the 60,000 mile mark.

Tires - I could not believe it when my rear Dunlop Sportmax D220ST started 
showing cord in the very center of the tire about 1/3 of the way through the 
ride.  I still had good tread and siping all the way around the tire.  The 
steel cord showed on a strip about 1/2 in wide and about 12 inches long.  
Still had complete tread grooves on both side of where the cord was showing. 
  I only had 3000 miles on the tire (worst ever for my GPZ).  Called all 
around but no tire available on Saturday anywhere short of Reno SOOOO..... 
kept on truckin.

Recommendations for a high mileage tire?  My only real consideration is 
maximizing miles (since I am a cheap dude) and all I have tried seem to have 
more than adequate grip.  My best mileage was with the OEM Bridgestone 
BT54s. (10,000 miles Plus on the first two sets)  Second best has been Avon 
Azzaros at around 7500 miles.  Continentals & Bridgestone Battleaxe 020 gave 
me about 4500 miles each.


Dennis P
95 RED
Orem, UT USA


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