I guess that would be me.Other than your lawn tractor... who would buy a bias ply (assuming you can actually buy them) for any road vehicle, period?
back in the mid '80s, CRREL (Cold Regions Research & Engineering Lab) of the Army Corps of Engineers did a study on radial tires for the US military, their research caused the military to start using radial tires on all their rubber tire vehicles, even slow moving ones going on rough terrain.
Unquestionably, for cars a radial is a better choice than a cross-ply (bias-ply), except in rugged off road conditions.
But is this generally true for motorbikes?
Doubtless the wide-spread usage of the radial design for high-speed low-profile tyres comes from definite advantages there.
There are still plenty of bias ply (and bias belted) tyres available in higher profile / lower speed ratings.
Is it a matter of marginally cheaper manufacturing, or are there some real benefits to the older design? [Apart from perhaps a more damage resistant side-wall.]
Expert opinions welcome !
(I currently run Q-rated tyres, so the H versus V-speed-rated issue is well over my head.)
Is there documentation for that asertation about the superiority of bias ply tires under certain circumstances?the main reason that in my experience a person can benefit from a bias ply tire on a motorcycle is simple. feel. radial tires are better in that you can take the further in a turn before they will slide out on you. however they give you almost no warning of when you are at your limit of angle, but a bias ply tire has a more profound feeling at that point. so a beginner could benefit from understanding that feeling. most likely this is more important for someone in road racing, but knowing the limitations of your bike is never bad. Its like learning to race in a full on F1 car VS a 240z.
I'm not sure about that.I think I'll revive this thread.
When I got my first bike (1999 CB750 Nighthawk) It came with a set of Avon radials. The rear was almost new and the front had a few thousand on it so they ended up wearing out at the same time. After riding it for several months and getting a feel for the bike, I brought it in to a highly recommended motorcycle mechanic.
He told me that the NH suspension was intended to work with bias-ply tires and would handle better with them so he ordered a set of Bridgestone Battleaxe B45's and once I rode it, the difference was noticeable.
So I'm wondering if the same thing is true of the V-Strom. Is the suspension made to handle pavement best with radials?? If you do mostly dirt, do bias-ply tires work better??
i once used a 90 profile front tire on my v-strom and didnt like it. threw the handling off a bit, and looked weird. too tall & skinny. i recommend stock size tire. 110/80/19.