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Old 06-23-2016, 03:03 PM   #1
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Mis-matched tires

Any real concerns with running mis-matched front/rear tires? There are very few options for a 180/55/18 that have a 90-90/21 match. I have no problem with sticking with the Metzeler's that I have been buying, but the tread life sucks. Buying tires (at least a rear) every 4-5 months is getting old
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Not really. You might even look at squeezing a car tire under there. My buddy went darkside on his VTX1300 since 90% of his miles are commuting. On fun rides, his highway bars hit long before he runs into any traction issues.
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None whatsoever, plenty of people do it all the time on every sort of bike.
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One real place this can cause a issue is on Sport bikes were two different profiles can make for unusual handling . Always use like profile tires .
Tour tires are more rounded for neutral handling , and easy mid corner adjustments .
Pure sporting tires are more peaky with quick dive in/transition due to larger design contact patch at steeper lean angles .
The tire sizes you listed are more of a cruiser style size , but still read reviews on what you consider running .
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Not really. You might even look at squeezing a car tire under there. My buddy went darkside on his VTX1300 since 90% of his miles are commuting. On fun rides, his highway bars hit long before he runs into any traction issues.
I'm about the same percentage with about 12-1300 miles a month commuting. I've read some into going darkside, still unsure about that one
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I'm about the same percentage with about 12-1300 miles a month commuting. I've read some into going darkside, still unsure about that one
You might look into the Avon AV72 and Venom-R. I ran a Venom on my VT1100c. Had ~8000 miles on the tire when I sold the bike and it was still in great shape. Lots of commuting miles, and wet traction was pretty impressive, too. The Venom-R is supposedly the same tire, just wider than the standard Venom sizes. The AV72 is supposed to be a long life touring tier and is much cheaper than the Venom-R. If I had a cruiser, I'd throw Avons on it in a heartbeat. I'd pair either rear with the AV71 front.
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