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Shorter tires for a 09 650

I just got my bike inspected today. Guy told me my front tire is not really safe in the rain. Plus someone put a bias ply Harley tire on back. So I want a new set of good tires and I was wondering how much lower I could go with tires? Plus any good recommendations for a commuter tire?
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When my stock tires wear out on my Versys 1000. I'll be putting Michelin PR4's on it. Had them on my FJR and before the 4's came out i went through 2 sets of PR3's on my Versys 650. Great Tires. Always got over 10,000 miles out of every set. As far as shorter tires..?????
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Stick to stock sizes, avoid sporty tires. Just get sport touring.
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After looking further at the rear tire the stock size tire will be a smaller diameter. aka shorter.
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Pr 4

Like Joe said, really good tires, plus the 17 inch limits the selection as it is a bit of a oddball
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Another PR4 guy here
I don't know that I want to roll the dice with my life on a strange/mismatched combo.
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I hear great things about the Michelin Pilot Road 4s. I'm currently using the Pirelli Angel GTs, which is another good option.
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The scary thing here is that it took an inspector to tell you your tires were worn and mismatched.

Hope you are keeping up with chain maintenance. Getting more and more reports of snapped chains over on the ninja 650 forum. Snapped chain can ruin your bike, and your day.

I had good performance out of Shinko ravens on my Versys and meanstreak.

My heavy sport touring bikes got the PR4 GT tires.

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I have been considering the ravens. I did inspect the chain and serviced it. Took my time and cleaned it good then waxed it. Rear tire is brand new and front is legal so I had no reason to think they had put an improper tire on it. Why on earth would someone do that?
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I have been considering the ravens. I did inspect the chain and serviced it. Took my time and cleaned it good then waxed it. Rear tire is brand new and front is legal so I had no reason to think they had put an improper tire on it. Why on earth would someone do that?
Any photos, to let us witness your tire abomination?
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Bias ply on rear and radial on front is dangerous. You can however safely run a radial on rear but a bias ply on front. This is because the slew is much greater on a bias play tire than a radial.

With decent sport tour tires, especially where you are paying for installation, do not install the cheapest tires you can find. Better quality tires will perform better and last much longer, reducing your cost in the long run.

For budget tires look to the Dunlop Roadsmart 3 or perhaps the Bridgestone T30. If you go cheaper than these you will be asking for issues.

120/70-17 @32psi
160/60-17 @36psi

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I was thinking about doing the tires myself. I have a harbor freight balancer and I do a lot of tires. Bike tires are harder but I have done several sets. I put shinko tires on my last bike and they were great. Very sticky. That bike was a tire burning monster. I just traded it for a Ford Explorer.
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Yeah it's supposed to be a 160/60 radial on the rear instead of 160/70 bias ply.

I'm not a big fan of Shinko's with their economy style treads... I don't know how much you want to spend, but I'm really liking my Metzeler Roadtec Z6 tires.

160/60-17 rear and 120/70-17 front.

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The set of metz and the set of ravens come to about the same price. Thanks for the info.
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It's funny that you can't find bad reviews on tires. Everybody loves the tires they choose and talk down about all the rest. I read guys getting 9-11k miles on cheap tire just like the guys spending $200+. I think tires are a lot like oil. Everybody has their own preferences.
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Just as long as it doesn't read Harley farken Davidson on it, you should be alright.
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Just as long as it doesn't read Harley farken Davidson on it, you should be alright.
I've had many bikes that run bias ply tires. And it is the rider, not the bike. I had to pass an SS bike while on my Road Glide Ultra because he slowed for even the slightest curve. That must have made his day. LOL! He sped up on the next straight to catch me and then the next set of curves and he was bye bye.
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Just as long as it doesn't read Harley farken Davidson on it, you should be alright.
Funny thing is that the inspector said that the harley tire would make it brake down more often. lol
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