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post #1 of 10 Old 09-11-2009, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Which Battlax?

Need a new rear tire... Radial or Bias Ply? 99.5% on-road, and 95% of that is super-slab. I'm thinking radials might last longer? But the Bias Ply has a little different tread pattern that might track better in the wet (which is important for my use) since it has more grooves across it.... ??
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First, match your front tire construction, bias or radial. Never, ever, mix.
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OK, lemme rephrase the question:

If I'm gonna replace both tires, which is the way to go? Bias or Radial? Does either make a noticable difference on a bike?
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For street tires I like Metzler Z-6. I wouldn't want them on my V but I love them on my ST.

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For street tires I like Metzler Z-6. I wouldn't want them on my V but I love them on my ST.
Why not Metzlers on the Vee?

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First, match your front tire construction, bias or radial. Never, ever, mix.
Dunlop Elete III'S mix a bias and a radial and work great! Depends on your size I guess, and if they make them both of the same construction. I even e-mailed them about this for my previous bike (Kaw Nomad) and they said it was the way they recomended for the Nomad and Valkyre (same size). I've also heard the same about some models of Metzlers. These are heavy bikes and need the extra load rating. Cheers-BB

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Thanks for all the help, gang.... But it turns out, I was corn-fused....

After staring at tires all afternoon, the names were starting to blur together in my brain... They only make one BattleAX (which doesn't fit) and the tire I was thinking of was the BattleWing (which is a radial). No worries... I think it's all clear as mud now, but I still haven't picked a flavor.

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Hmmm I thought a Battlewing comes in two flavors: front and rear? So the choice is kind of obvious?

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Rear-Tire.aspx

I mounted a Battlewing few weeks ago and love it so far. Ask me again in about 5000 miles? But I don't see how this tire could really dissapoint...

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Hmmm I thought a Battlewing comes in two flavors: front and rear? So the choice is kind of obvious?

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Rear-Tire.aspx

I mounted a Battlewing few weeks ago and love it so far. Ask me again in about 5000 miles? But I don't see how this tire could really dissapoint...
Good to know... I suspect that's the one I'm going to end up with. I'm still debating between the BattleWing, the Metzler Tourance, and the Michelin Anakee2. THe ContiTrailAttack got really good reviews in a comparison test I saw, but I'm not so sure about it for rain use given its distinct lack of tread...
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Have you looked at the Shinko 705s? I have two rears and a front coming to my house for under $200 shipped to my door. I really wore down the rear, could have skipped the front for now, but for that price... screw it I'll do both! http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ront-Tire.aspx

Lots of positive reviews online w/ the only odd thing being the low max pressure rating. Seems like peeps running it at proper pressure for regular use (not triple digit action obviously) have been very pleased.

Edit: Here ya go, a big thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=443226

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