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Offline IngolfStern

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Mix-Match Tires?
« on: May 14, 2017, 02:11:50 pm »
So with about 2200 miles on my bike the rear tire has a flat spot and I can feel it when I lean-in to a curve.
I think it will  make it through the summer because I plan on riding only maybe a couple thousand miles this summer, more or less.
I bought an Angel to replace the rear, but I didn't buy a front. The new tire is sitting in the garage, waiting to go when needed. I think I paid 204, delivered.
Planning on keeping the front and installing the Angel on the rear because a 120/70/17 has a pretty standard profile and I cannot imagine anything untoward happening because of the different tires.
I have normally kept to the same kind of tires front and rear and I don't think I've mixed tires since the '80's.
The compound on the OEM tires seems OK, and I don't really push it on the Connie.
I just thought I'd throw the idea out there, see if there's something I'm missing.
Anyone else got mix-match tires?

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Re: Mix-Match Tires?
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2017, 04:44:26 pm »
On my C-10's the front always outlasted the rear 2 - 1.
On my C-14, both (OEM) front and rear went away at the same time...
                           (PR-4 Front outlasted the rear a bit)

From what you say about your riding style, I'd expect your front to outlast the rear, but not by a lot.
So, I'd run what you have for now and order a front to install when you do the rear..

NOTE: From experience of many. When the OEM tires starts to go, they will go quickly!
          And, the new tires will feel 100% better...

You said; I can feel it when I lean-in to a curve
Look at your front tire. I bet you will find that it has flat sections on the sides of the tire. (Like an inverted V)
I suspect your feeling that, more than the flat spot at the rear. (Have to push harder on the bars to get it to turn?)

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Re: Mix-Match Tires?
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2017, 08:05:17 pm »
My friend mis matches tires all the time. PR4 in the back a Diablo super sport in the front. Angle GT in the rear and a Diablo in the front.  But this time he is going to the Avon 3DXM's both front and rear on his ZX14R.

I have run Angel GT's and did 2 fronts to a rear several times with no handling issues. The last 2 sets I have run the Avon's which is now my favorite tire. especially tire life wise.

With the Avon's I can get 6K before my tires are gone! :beerchug:
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Re: Mix-Match Tires?
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2017, 06:52:48 pm »
I have used different front/rear brands several times without issue.
I try to have the front be the tire with more grip by reputation.

I now use the Avaon Storm 3's and among the things I like is that front/rear both wear at close enough the same rate that I replace them always as matched sets - info for your next set. 
It's so great in handling to have new tires fr/rr at the same time.
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Re: Mix-Match Tires?
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2017, 11:42:21 pm »
I always end up mismatching because I run a 190/60 Bridgestone Exedra rear ( I highly recommend these BTW) and they don't make a match that fits the front.

PR 3's are my favorite front tires
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Re: Mix-Match Tires?
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2017, 09:39:46 pm »
I agree that mixing tires are not an issue. I have settled on a Roadsmart 2 for the front...love that tire! Ill be going with a 3D XM for the rear on my next experiment. Both tires seem to last 5K riding very aggressively and about 7K on the slab. All in all, a set could potentially cost 255.00 total.

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Re: Mix-Match Tires?
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2017, 03:17:42 am »
Just don't mix bias with radial
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Re: Mix-Match Tires?
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2017, 02:40:36 pm »
Just don't mix bias with radial

Too late. Radial front/bias rear for the last five years.

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Re: Mix-Match Tires?
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2017, 09:31:18 pm »
I always end up mismatching because I run a 190/60 Bridgestone Exedra rear ( I highly recommend these BTW) and they don't make a match that fits the front.

PR 3's are my favorite front tires

What kind of mileage do you get out of that tire?

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Re: Mix-Match Tires?
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2017, 04:48:20 pm »
I get around 8 - 9 k out of them
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