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post #1 of 8 Old 07-05-2013, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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different tire in front than back

I have read a lot of posts on here about which tire is best and the opinions are all over the barnyard. So, I'm not looking to stir up a debate.

I have Trailwings on mine now and it looks like the previous owner has a newer rear than front. In fact, it's an '05 and I wouldn't be surprised if the front is original.

Anyway, I want to put a Battlewing on the front and wanted to be sure that these two, different tires were okay to run together.

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-05-2013, 08:12 PM
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-05-2013, 08:16 PM
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People mix all types and brands of tires on their bikes without issue. The combination you stated sounds fine. Just make sure the tire is the correct size for the rim.
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-05-2013, 08:21 PM
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As long as they are both the same types: radial-radial or bias-bias.

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post #5 of 8 Old 07-06-2013, 10:28 AM
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Yup the same type. I mix match them all the time. Now a Knobby/street tire mix may give you some odd sensations. I've not tried that combo.
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-08-2013, 12:18 AM
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I have about 35,000km on mixed bias/radial combination and had not found any issues.

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post #7 of 8 Old 10-17-2013, 03:46 PM
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Mixed Tires

I've had good results with an Anakee 2 on the rear and a Karoo 2 on the front. No real problems with this set up so far. I've done a 600 mile trip that included 300+ miles of forest trails/roads. The Karoo is a great front in the dirt and not too bad on the street. The Anakee is my favorite tire on the DL1000, so far I'm on my 2nd Anakee. So far have just over 1500 miles on the set up and the front shows very little wear. I would recomend this combo for any mixed dirt/pavement or minor comutes. Knobbies don't bother me, as I 've had plenty of dual sports with knobbies over the years and like them. My 2 cents FWIW, air pressures are crucial for ANY dirt, mind you
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post #8 of 8 Old 10-17-2013, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Newstrom48 View Post
I have about 35,000km on mixed bias/radial combination and had not found any issues.
same here, most knobbies are bias, I've run bias front, radial rear, also MC/CT combo as well

matching tires is just sales tactics to sell more tires fwiw

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