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I was asked by a fellow GTS owner if it's recommended to rotate tires. I'd never really considered that since the tire life is relatively short-lived anyway. I can see the merit however for prolonging tire life with rotation since each tire has distinctly different loads and wear patterns. Any thoughts on that?
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No. They are different sizes
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Tyres are so cheap on a Vespa anyway. Even really good tyres like Pirelli or Michelin.

You'll usually go through about 2 rears for every front - but just replace as and when needed.

If you're noticing more wear in the centre than the edges, it just means you've got to find some nice twisty roads!
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I think the concept of tyre rotation or wheel swaps stems from the car world. Old school economics used to advocate all four tyres swapped over( even diagrams to show which axle). The concept is it equals out front rear plus camber wear.

I dont know anyone who actually does it though as posted above, tyres for our bikes are not expensive and the front / rear wear rates are significantly different.
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yes they rotate round and round ROFL emoticon seriously, it depends on the vehicle, I have a vehicle with staggered wheels (rears wider than the front) and there is no rotation, and they wear nice and even...
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No.
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Not on a 300 GTS. But I did rotate tires on my 1980 P200e. Not so much to get even wear though. When I wore out the back tire...

1) move the front to the back
2) move the spare to the front
3) mount a new tire on the back wheel that was removed in step 1
4) wheel with the new tire becomes the spare
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