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post #1 of 17 Old 07-03-2007, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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mixing tire treads

I have always replaced front and rear tires at the same time, but at 8300 miles my stock rear tire is done yet the front has many thousands of miles to go. Has anyone mixed it up by putting on only a new rear tire instead of both? Did it make any difference in handling? Also what works well and what does not. thanks wilbur-j
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-03-2007, 03:26 PM
 
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I have an Avon Venom on the back and a Metzler 880 on the front of my Dyna with no adverse affects at all.

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post #3 of 17 Old 07-03-2007, 04:16 PM
 
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I think you will find that many of the Strommers mix quite ssuccessfully. I have a Tourance on the back and the stock Trailwing on the front. The bike has no ill handling effects at all. Just keep radials and bias away from each other. Take your pick of replacements and be happy.

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I have a Trailwing on the front and a Battlewing on the back and there's no difference to stock, provided the pressures are kept up in the 36/40 range.

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Rear Tourance and a front Anakee. No problems or issues so far.

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Ran that combo on my 05 Wee with no issues

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I have an Avon Venom on the back and a Metzler 880 on the front of my Dyna with no adverse affects at all.

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post #7 of 17 Old 07-04-2007, 07:38 AM
 
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Hmmmmm, interesting. I've prolly got a couple thousand miles left on the rear trailwing and zero on the front. Was going to change both out, after a second morgage on the house for tires. Maybe I'll go with just a front for now. Anyone interested in a Chrysler 300C so I can buy a tire for my bike? Just kidding. Ride safe.
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post #8 of 17 Old 07-07-2007, 08:19 AM
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Careful with the roll rates

Not dangerous , but disconcerting, when the front tyre has a different roll radius from the back tire.

As you pitch into a corner, the amount of resistance to 'drop in' to the corner changes . Not just an issue with different tyres, but also the same tyre with differing widths front and rear.

I keep the same brand front and back, and actually threw away the trailwing on the front of the DL within an hour of picking the bike up.Tourances front and rear, and no complaints.

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post #9 of 17 Old 07-07-2007, 11:46 AM
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I keep the same brand front and back, and actually threw away the trailwing on the front of the DL within an hour of picking the bike up.Tourances front and rear, and no complaints.
I come from some experience in the auto testing world and you would never NEVER mix tire models, never mind brands, on a car. If done, the entire vehicle dynamics are degraded to the lowest quality tire. If the bad tire is on the right, do you avoid lefthand corners, so that you don't load up the suspension on the weakest tire? Or if you're in a slippery situation, the low quality tire will have different reactions (always lesser) and possibly cause the car to rotate in a simple avoidance manoeuvre. Etc, etc. I would guess that similar considerations must be understood when mixing motorcycle tire models and brands. Yes, I'm sure we don't always go out and run on the limit, but emergency manoeuvres are stressful on tires and wouldn't you want to have matched tires? Manufacturers do heavy, heavy testing to match characteristics. I'm going with same-brand, same-model tires (and will be recycling both almost new Trailwings.) Thanks for listening. :mrgreen:

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Im running a battlax 21 rear and the stock trailwing on the front. Just did a 3300 mile trip thru the dessert SW and thought the combo handled great, has a smoother ride and turns better than with the stock rear, Ill admit Im new to the world of street tires I come from the DS knoby KLR world. It would probably be better to keep em matched but Im just way to cheap to throw away a good front because the rear is worn out

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