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Old 03-31-2014, 06:00 PM   #1
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To Replace the Front Tire or Not?

So, I put 4730 or so miles on my bike and Sunday I ran over a metal nail or something and now the rear tire has to be replaced. The tires have that many miles on them... My question is should I replace both front and rear or just the rear?

I'm running Dunlop Roadsmart II tires. Both brand new on the bike when I got it.

I got both on the way from revzilla. Dropping the bike off at Motorcycles Unlimited for some work to get done so might as well have 'em replace the tire as well while it is there. I got the RA on the front tire because from what I read I should get another 5k-10k miles out of the front tire before it needs to be replaced. Maybe go ahead and get it replaced and keep the front tire as a spare?
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my rear tires generally last about twice as long as my front, I do change out rears and keep the front if im staying with the same series tire. I wouldn't recommend doing two different tires unless you know what your doing. spares are never a bad idea, but sometimes they just sit for years and go bad and never get used. I usually end up with spare fronts if I change types of tire. idd say just change the rear and get all the life you can out of the front... also tires are expensive.
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:19 PM   #3
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I change mine on the VFR800 individually as needed. I'm also running a Bridgestone BT-023 on the rear and BT-016Pro on the front. Same story here on front lasting twice as long as the rear.

Even on the race bike I don't always change out both front and rear at the same time depending on if I'm racing, doing a track day, and where I'm at.
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I've ran softer front tires for much longer, but if you are dropping it at Motorcycles Unlimited they should be able to tell you if the front is done or not.
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Whats the front tire pressure right now
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If you have any doubt in the tires just replace them both for pice of mind.
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This guy knows everything about tires, even the stickers that come with them.

I'd save/not replace the front tire unless it's showing excessive wear. I too go about 2 rear tires for every front tire, even mixed brands/ tire types with no issue. If you visit the track often, different story, but street and responsible rider don't worry.
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33psi.

I don't track it... at least, not yet. Just street.

I have general tire information from my car modifying days, but I don't know how much of that translates over to motorcycles... so I assume 0% transfers and go from there.
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Oh okay thats great. Put it at 36psi. Itll last a little longer, I wouldn't replace the front. Sounds like it should be in good shape. Take your hand over the front tire and feel it. If you notice any excessive cupping or anything questionable for safe riding you probably should change it.
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you can use similar for front and rear and doesn't need to be same tires i.e michelin pp2ct front and pp3 in rear. however if you use different models like michelin pp3 in front and PR3 in rear, different story. one is a road tire so don't take corners aggressively or you'll lowside or highside to the moon.
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you can use similar for front and rear and doesn't need to be same tires i.e michelin pp2ct front and pp3 in rear. however if you use different models like michelin pp3 in front and PR3 in rear, different story. one is a road tire so don't take corners aggressively or you'll lowside or highside to the moon.
You can take corners at very good speeds with pilot road 3s 4s whatever. Those are road tires. I didnt highside or lowside and ive dragged knee on the street with road 3's
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and then messiah a motohouston member will resell the tire to some guy on a facebook group called houston bikers
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You can take corners at very good speeds with pilot road 3s 4s whatever. Those are road tires. I didnt highside or lowside and ive dragged knee on the street with road 3's


Lies, no one has ever dragged knee on street tires ever.You need racer tires. I have some racer takeoff soft compound Michelin's if someone wants some for cheap....
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Lies, no one has ever dragged knee on street tires ever.You need racer tires. I have some racer takeoff soft compound Michelin's if someone wants some for cheap....
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Oh okay thats great. Put it at 36psi. Itll last a little longer, I wouldn't replace the front. Sounds like it should be in good shape. Take your hand over the front tire and feel it. If you notice any excessive cupping or anything questionable for safe riding you probably should change it.

Sounds good. I'll post some pics tomorrow.


Thanks everyone for the information.
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