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Question Can I mix and match tires?

I ordered already a Michelin Anakee II rear tire (EDIT: service is coming up in 1 1/2 weeks)
Went to the dealer today, just to talk to the mechanic.
He said that the rear is toast, but that the front doesn't have much left (bike has 7300 miles), and that he strongly recommends not to put an Anakee together with a Trailwing ("different compounds").

What to do?
Get new front Anakee? Or just wait for the front Trailwing to wear in a few 1000 miles and then replace?

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I'm sure some will weigh in that are more experienced than I. Here is my .02... I put on a Tourance rear at about the same mileage that you have now. The bike handled great minus the front TW wobble at decel. At just shy of 10k my front TW lost its grip and the bike began to push in 90 degree corners. I parked it and ordered a front Tourance. Now all is well (& no wobble :bigok. I would do it again and get a little more life out of the front.


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I'm sure some will weigh in that are more experienced than I. Here is my .02... I put on a Tourance rear at about the same mileage that you have now. The bike handled great minus the front TW wobble at decel. At just shy of 10k my front TW lost its grip and the bike began to push in 90 degree corners. I parked it and ordered a front Tourance. Now all is well (& no wobble :bigok. I would do it again and get a little more life out of the front.
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I'll probably do the same.
Just he mechanic mentioned that the 'Head mechanic might not allow that mix and match..'
He knows the tires aren't from them (too much $$$ and he agrees..) so I don't think it is about money.

Well, I'll ride then with the tire on me like a Michelin Man (with a Michelin Anakee II.. ). If they refuse to Install it, I will have to find somebody else.

BTW: They charge $75 per tire, to install.

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He said that the rear is toast, but that the front doesn't have much left (bike has 7300 miles), and that he strongly recommends not to put an Anakee together with a Trailwing ("different compounds").
Running tires as dissimilar as the the Anakee and Trailwing would greatly increase the risk of you not spending as much money at the dealership.

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BTW: They charge $75 per tire, to install.
Please see my previous post

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Running tires as dissimilar as the the Anakee and Trailwing would greatly increase the risk of you not spending as much money at the dealership.
So, you think it is dangerous..
Get the new front?

It is not about money, just seems a waste to throw away a tire which can still be used.

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I think he was kidding also, see whether shopping around gets you a better price for mounting the tire, seems like the price is possibly a little steep?

I've got non matching tires, and out hadn't killed me yet, though perhaps it may at any moment...

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nothing wrong with mixing tires, just remember to not outride your least capable tire of the two



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I think he's saying the stealership doesn't want to run the risk of getting less of your money.

Shop around for the tire change. I pay thirty after tax for a tire change and balance if I bring the wheel in off the bike.


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Thanks guys.
OK - I will keep the front for now

As for taking of the tire - with all honesty and modesty, I currently don't have the skills to do it. I can surely try, but I might end up braking something.
In particular the rear tire.
If I could watch somebody do it with me, then the next time will be easy.
Also without a center stand, I think it would be a bit hard.

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