Thanks Auburn, this is a great write-up. I can see that long distance riding with a lot of weight would stress the rear tire. The proof was when you couldn't complete a rally without a tire change.
But I would think Honda would consider this when they decide what tires go on a heavy bike built primarily for this type of riding.
Well, I've learned something here. Now I have another rabbit hole to explore.
Out of curiosity, what tire are you running on the back?
Any problems getting it mounted? Balanced?
Is the ride different? Stiffer or about the same?
1st tire - Pirelli Snow Control (no longer made) 195/55 R16 non-run flat - I got about 12,000 miles - I started with the pressure way too high and burned the center out.
2nd tire - Bridgestone Blizzak 195/55 R16 run flat - Got about 18,000 miles. I significantly reduced the tire pressures to 34 psi. Tire was great, you could feel the rolling resistance due to it being a winter tire. The pressure was still too high, and the center was worn out first.
3rd tire - Bridgestone Driveguard 195/55 R16 - This has been the best tire. Great rolling characteristics, run at 28 PSI cold, tire wears evenly over the whole tread. It starts at 8MM tread depth, and after a 7,000 mile 4 day run, it was at 7MM all the way across the tire. The ride had lots of twisties as well as interstate miles, it rides great, has the best traction of the three I have tried and there is much less rolling resistance which equated to about 2 mpg improvement. Not knowing how far this tire will go, I pulled it off and installed a new on for the LDX rally last summer. (Mounted up on my spare rim to be run out)
4th tire - Bridgestone Driveguard 195/55 R16 - We ran the rally, which ended in a DNF due to a final drive failure on the 06 wing (ring gear bearing failed). I had just over 8,000 miles on the tire at the time of the failure.
I have since sold the 06 and bought a new 2021 non-tour wing manual. I mounted the tire off the 06 onto the new bike. The rim on the 21 is 1/2 inch wider which actually mounts up really nicely for this tire. The wear after 8,000 miles over a 8 day window (2 days traveling to the rally, 1 day checking in, and 5 days riding the rally) showed an even wear across the tire at 7 mm depth. It is now on my new 2021 bike. Based on both Driveguard mileage I assume I will get at least 25,000 miles out of them. The traction is the best of all on the tires I have run while still not sacrificing mpg that the winter tires did. For me the sweet spot for pressure is 27-28 psi cold, which grows to 35-36 psi when hot and temperatures ranged from 90 to 130 degrees depending on the road we were riding. Teh twistier, the higher the temperature (according to the FOBO2 - which I check periodically while rolling down the road.) FOBO 2 allows you to set the range of temperature and pressure (high and low) for monitoring and alarms.
Bridgestone has discontinued the Driveguard and replaced it with the Driveguard Plus which I will buy when the 2 tires I have are worn out. I buy them through Tire Rack who will sell you one tire at a time. I have my own tire machine, so I don't worry about mounting them.
I will say the OEM Bridgestone tires that came on the 21 were really good, but they were shot after 8,000 miles of solo riding (my wife broke her ankle in July and has been unable to ride until recently) But, they have the same issue with loading and longevity that make them a poor choice for rally mode riding. My 21 has been heavily modified for LD riding, new Traxxion shocks - (properly suspended for the weight the bike will be carrying), 5.75 gallon aux fuel cell, modular top case, etc. It is a mile eating machine and the tires are no longer the weak link. The bike will do 1200 mile days day after day very comfortably. I got it in August and parked it mid September after finishing the Tour of Honor ride for Oregon & Washington, and the PNW Grand Tour (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Northern Cali, and Western Montana) with 8,500 miles. All told we did almost 40,000 miles this year (32,000 miles 2 up).
I run a Dunlop Elite 4 130/70 R18 radial on the front and get close 25,000 miles out of those.