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I am thinking of using a radial on the rear and a bias on the front. Good or bad?

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I have a Metzler Tourance radial on the rear and thinking of using my spare 130/80/17 Hiedenau K76 on the front.(The tire was a left over when I switched tires on my KLR) The tread pattern is very close and I need a new front tire. Just wondering if I can get away with this set up?

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https://www.rideapart.com/articles/2...-bias-or-both/

Since you have left over, no harm in trying...if the bike handles well than its no big issue, if not stick to OEM spec as its about your safety.
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a rear on the front? usually when people do that they flip direction of rotation. dunno... it will work, I guess. hope they aren't as big a pile o crap as the K60

if I'm answering your question I assume the basic points have been addressed, such as: did you do a compression test? is it still on fire?
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I have a Metzler Tourance radial on the rear and thinking of using my spare 130/80/17 Hiedenau K76 on the front.(The tire was a left over when I switched tires on my KLR) The tread pattern is very close and I need a new front tire. Just wondering if I can get away with this set up?

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Triumph supplied some of their models w/ a "bias/radial" mix a few years ago, and I've done it on one of my V650s, w/ no NOTICEABLE bad side-effects.

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a rear on the front? usually when people do that they flip direction of rotation. dunno....
I've run rear 130/80s on fronts on my Vs, turning EACH direction, and never noticed any 'better' or 'best' from EITHER direction. The "DON'T DO IT" restriction comes from cars.

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from discussion on other bike forums, the flipping the direction question has to do with the tread design on the rear tires being designed to drive, and front tires designed to brake.

if I'm answering your question I assume the basic points have been addressed, such as: did you do a compression test? is it still on fire?
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I did lots of mixes, never even felt a difference between radial and bias (ther should be one, I just can't feel it).

If you are not a racer (I'm not) and/or are not lowering pressure for offroad (I'm not), then it should feel fine.
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from discussion on other bike forums, the flipping the direction question has to do with the tread design on the rear tires being designed to drive, and front tires designed to brake.
When I said I had NOT noticed any differences, WHICHEVER way the 'arrow' was pointing, that included 'spirited' cornering and LOTS of brakes when required.

BTW - when I first ran a TOURANCE 130/80 rear on the front, METZLER ONLY showed the 'arrow' for using it as a rear, and like MOST other users - I just "obeyed" the arrow....

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