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post #1 of 25 Old 03-29-2017, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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tire confusion, need help

06 Wee, last time I bought tires, Bridgestone Battlewings 110/80R Front
and 150/70R Rear. BW501-F & BW502-F rear. 10,000 miles out of them

Same website, now these do not appear as tires for this bike, when searched by bike?

And when i find them, they have 3 options , E, G and something else, at different prices, with no explanation what the difference is.

As long as I get 110/80R and 150/70R, does it make any difference? Running out of tread, thanks
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one of life's greatest mysteries. I searched around and could never find an answer to what the differences were. Most i could find out was that they were specific to certain oem bikes. But, anybody's guess to what, if any, differences. I ended up ordering the cheapest version (though i don't recall which letter it was), and they worked out fine.

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I've seen that. Several tires are called out as model specific but are the same as their other offering. I guess its like the guys who run Yamaha oil the their Yammy and Honda stuff in their Honda. Buy on price if the specs are the same. I've noticed the same tire may come in various speed designations.
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So long as you choose any make of 110/80x19 and 150/70x17 they will fit your bike.

That opens up a whole range of different tyres that might be better suited to where you ride your Strom - for instance a specific sealed road type tyre if you never travel on dirt roads, or a 70/30 or 50/50 tyre if you often abandon the sealed roads.

There are hundreds of threads and thousands of opinions in the "Suspension and Tire Tech" section. Spend some time there.
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There are hundreds of threads and thousands of opinions in the "Suspension and Tire Tech" section. Spend some time there.
This thread is going there too.

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Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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one of life's greatest mysteries. I searched around and could never find an answer to what the differences were. Most i could find out was that they were specific to certain oem bikes. But, anybody's guess to what, if any, differences. I ended up ordering the cheapest version (though i don't recall which letter it was), and they worked out fine.
That's what I have done too, though I have wondered what I would get for a few bucks more.

I noticed on Revzilla numerous folks have asked but no one has answered.

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Do we have the Great Tire Thread yet?
GW didn't shut down the this entry.
What Brokie said about any tire of the correct size is good....limited to your experiences.
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For the Bridgestone the letter (E,G,J, so on) is the OEM applications. Supposedly the bead is a little different, I have used many different ones with no bad effects. Revzilla generally list them on their site.
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I also tried to decipher the application codes on the BW, a while back. Sometimes, the OEM application on vendors sites conflicted with the very limited info on Bridgestone's site. I went with the generic no code in the Wee sizes. I'm not the greatest tire changer, but I couldn't get mine mounted with my tricked out HF changer. and had to pay a pro.
I love the BW tires, but the front new tire tread depth was the shallowest I have ever seen on a motorcycle tire. At best, they will last as long as the rear tire.
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Type B - BMW R1200GS 2007-2012, Suzuki DL1000 2002-2012
Type D - Suzuki DL1000 2014
Type E - Yamaha Super Tenere 2012-2014
Type F - Honda VFR1200X 2016
110/80R19 59V TL (Type G) - BMW F650GS 2009-2014
140/80R17 69V TL (Type G) - BMW F650GS 2009-2014
90/90-21 54V TT (Type G) - BMW F800GS 2009-2014, Triumph Tiger 800 2012-2015
150/70R17 69V TT (Type G) - BMW F800GS 2009-2014, Triumph Tiger 800 2012-2015
Type J - Suzuki DL1000 2014


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