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post #1 of 26 Old 12-21-2013, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Mismatched tires?

So my Shinko rear tire is coming apart so I need to replace it. I want to go with the Road pilot 3 trail from Michelin so I can hopefully get better total mileage. The shinko died early because it's splitting apart but it really was only good for another 1k max which would end up being about 6500 miles or so total. My old Michelin pilot 2 on my last bike did about 15k mikes. My question is the front shinko 705 is like new. Is it ok to leave this & just run the michelin on the back? Or is there a good reason not to do this? I do mostly pavement and my extent of off road is really just dirt roads. My main reason for going with the road pilot 3 trail over the 705 trailmaster shinko.

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Never ever run with mis-matched tyres on a motorcycle. two wheels are unstable at the best of times, the tread pattern make a huge difference to the feel of the bike and the characteristics change, even the same make but different model of tyre also affect the ridability. The bike will feel 'slippery' and the front wheel will not be in sync with the rear, I can't make it clearer, but if you ride with different tread you will know what I mean. I quess if you only ride on dirt then may not make that much difference, but on tarmac it's a definate no no.
When I buy new tyres I tend to buy two rears and one front, only because I know that the rears will wear out so much quicker and more than likely I may not be able to replace with a matching rear later.
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Make sure the bead is not seated at pressures above 60 maybe 70 the most I have the opinion that high pressure hurts the tire and causes the beginning of separation
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Why not just buy another rear Shinko 705? I have found the front tires to wear a long time, cupping was the end of all of mine rather than tread depth. If you have been satisfied with the 705 ( aside from delamination ) I would simply put on another rear and when it is done switch out both front and rear to whatever tires I wanted at the time. The Shinko has a bad rep for the delamination, none of mine ever did that. But I inspect my tires regularly and I am sure I would catch it before it was a hazard. The Shinko is a really good all around tire if you do ANY off pavement riding. 6500 miles is good mileage for them, the rears don't wear too long.

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I think dog is a bit dazed from my experience. I've run mismatched with no problem for a long time. I did notice when I mounted the new Shinko on the front that it feels really weird compared to the other similar tires I've had. This is a matched set of Shinko's. I about to run up the mountain to break them in so maybe after a few miles it will feel better. The rear works really well so far.
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I think dog is a bit dazed from my experience. I've run mismatched with no problem for a long time. I did notice when I mounted the new Shinko on the front that it feels really weird compared to the other similar tires I've had. This is a matched set of Shinko's. I about to run up the mountain to break them in so maybe after a few miles it will feel better. The rear works really well so far.
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Admittedly, the tyre differences affected when I was riding high performance machines like the GSXR1000' GSX1300R Hayabusa, was told the reason was mismatched tyres, by a pro bike racer. I've always changed in pairs and never had an issue. Maybe with less aggressive accelerating bike like the V Strom may never be an issue, however, what really is the price of safety? One new front tyre?
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I guess I could just buy another shinko it would definitely be my cheapest option. I was just hoping to get a tire that I don't have to replace after every season. I basically got 1 year out of the Shinko. I also don't really do any off road & the shinko is much noisier on pavement. Other than the shorter lifespan I would say I liked the tire & it was great on dirt roads in town.
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I run mismatched all the time on my FJR, never an issue. You will find however a new front will change the turn-in (for the better), but just change each when they're worn.
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I did notice when I mounted the new Shinko on the front that it feels really weird compared to the other similar tires I've had. This is a matched set of Shinko's. I about to run up the mountain to break them in so maybe after a few miles it will feel better.
A common comment about the Shinko. They have a certain feel, like a squirm, that you either get used to or maybe after a few heat cycles it gets better. I don't know which but I felt it too. They are a VERY deep tread tire and I think that is where it comes from, that much depth has to have some squirm.

For a tire with deep tread, fairly wide block spacing, and meant for a dual purpose tire I have to say I felt more confident in the turns on them than the Pilot Road 3's. I considered the shinko a VERY good rain tire. They do have a bit of road noise, but considering their tread design and purpose I can overlook that. I do wish the rear tire would wear better.

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every different tire combo will handle slightly different, running mismatched tires is no big deal, even a bias knobby in front and a radial street tire in back , or being a darksider

ya get used to the difference in a couple of miles than ferget about it till you replace one of the tires



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