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post #1 of 14 Old 09-10-2009, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Would you run two different tires f/r?

Just wondering if any of you would (or would not) recommend runnign two different makes and models of tire front and rear? I've got close to 9000 miles on my Vee, and am still on the original Trailwings. Apparently I picked up a staple in the rear tire sometime in the last couple of days. The front tire looks to be maybe 1/2 worn, good shapem no issues. The rear is developing a rather wide flat spot in the center (yes it's inflated properly) but is otherwise in decent shape (save for the staple). I'd rather not replace the front if it's not necessary, but I'm also interested in upgrading the rear since I need to replace it anyways....

So, I guess that's my dilemma: Upgrade the rear and keep on the stock front, or just replace the rear with another Trailwing?

FWIW, I spend 99% of my time on paved roads, and 95% of those paved roads are super-slab. My 70 mile commute each day consists of 3.5 miles of surface streets with the rest being (smooth, recently-repaved) freeway. Given the numbers I've seen posted here for the OEM tire life, I'd say I was on track to do better than average if it hadn't been for that stupid staple...

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Haven't mixed and matched on the V-Strom yet, but for the last 20k or so miles on my Concours I have had an Avon rear with a Metzler front, no issues. I am about to put a Shinko (most likely anyway) on the rear to go with the Metzler front. Given that the Shinko is a bias ply and the front will be a radial, I'm quite certain the earth will shake and waters will start to rise, but I'll just plow through.

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I wouldn't worry too much about two different types or brands of tires as long as one tread pattern isn't extremely different than the other one, ie. a knobby in the back and a street tire in the front.

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I've read lots of folks run different tires sometimes but since you are mostly hwy riding I would get some metzler Z6 roadtech sport touring tires, I'm on my 2nd set and got 10,000 miles out of the first set, they handle very well wet or dry.
With 9000m on the front your going to need a new one sooner than later might as well do it right for piece of mind. A set will run you $275 at motorcycle superstore free shipping.
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I wouldn't worry too much about two different types or brands of tires as long as one tread pattern isn't extremely different than the other one, ie. a knobby in the back and a street tire in the front.
it's actually quite common for adventure bikers to run a knobby in front and a less aggressive tire on the rear



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it's actually quite common for adventure bikers to run a knobby in front and a less aggressive tire on the rear
For off road I like a TKC in front and Tourance in back.

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I haven't run matched tires front and back for more than 1000 (of the 31000 that I've put on it) miles on my Vee.





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I've been running a cross ply Heidenau K76 on the front and a Radial Tourance EXP on the rear for the last 6000 or so KM. No problems here.
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post #10 of 14 Old 09-10-2009, 04:56 PM
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it's actually quite common for adventure bikers to run a knobby in front and a less aggressive tire on the rear
I was thinking more along the lines of an aggressive D.O.T. knobby. I know there aren't any available for the wee, but on my DRZ I have run them in the past. There is a noticable difference in handling/cornering. For example a Dunlop 606 is legal but quite aggressive off road. I have run them on my DRZ and usually only got about 1000 miles before the back tire was basically flat across the tread line.I would be a little nervous about pushing it in a corner with the front tire holding its line and the back starting to give out. I'm sure it is allright for some, but for the majority of use being on road, I would stick to a tread pattern of similar design. I guess it's just a matter of running what you are comfortable with. Another option is to plug the staple hole and ride until the tire is completely gone. Others as well as I have plugged tires with good results. It is always a good idea to carry extra plugs and a pump though, just in case.

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