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post #1 of 10 Old 05-28-2013, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Question Can I safely use a rear on the front?

Kenda K761 Dual Sport Tire comes in the width of the Vstrom front, but it is labeled a rear, do you think there would be any problem using it on the front, just rotating the opposite way?
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-28-2013, 01:45 PM
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Rumor has it that a rear run backwards can be used on the front. Are you adamant about using a really inexpensive tire on the bike? I got my last Battle Wing for $110 including mount and balance.
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Beyond personal preferences, it's okay physics wise. the 100/90-19 is acceptable for a 2.50" rim like Strom fronts have though it works best on a 2.15" width. A 110 or 120 works better with a 2.50" rim. Running it reversed will take care of the difference in forces to which the tire is subjected.

The operative word here is acceptable. It's designed for the rear of a much lighter bike. Expect it to wear out quickly. If you want one due to the low price, be aware you are dealing with false economy. More expensive tires will last much longer. Besides the cost to replace a tire, there is also the cost and/or hassle of mounting more often.

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My Attorney's Advice

Look for ways to make your bike safer and perform better vs saving money. You can buy a brand new bike (or three) for just the medical costs of a single wreck.

There's other places in life to save a buck.

Go hakafugu yourself.
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Looking for something with a deeper more open tread, but still road friendly, my choices are limited up here I would like a k60 but kind of balk at the 190bucks for it.

That's just the tire, got to add tax, mounting, balancing, shipping well over 200 by the time all is done.
Would like a Mitas as well, but again, can't get it.

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That's exactly why you want a longer lasting tire. You don't want to pay all that each time a tire wears out any more often than you have to.

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OK, thanks, will see if I can get something shipped from the states.
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-28-2013, 03:44 PM
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Rear Mitas E-07 dual sport is currently out of stock at mx1Canada.
Mitas E-07 Dual Sport Rear Tire - MX1 Canada
Should be available in a month.

I really wanted to try this tire but couldn't wait. I recently purchased a rear radial Shinko705 from canadasmotorcyle.ca with free shipping.

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Rear tire generally have deeper tread that front tires, yet front tires last longer

rear tires in front will last even longer than front tires in front

In the world of darksiders with car tires on the back, running a CT in the back and a rear MC tire in front is known as Double Darkside



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my next front tire will prolly be a Karoo 3




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