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Front tire installed backwards

I noticed today that my front tire is mounted backwards, I took it to the dealer for the 600 mile svc and left it for them to decide what to do. Anybody else?

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That's weird. May be on to something, rotate your tires every 3000 miles,
no wait, that's my car.

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Never heard of an original tire that's factory installed the wrong way. Your dealer absolutely has to correct it.
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Okay, here's a stupid question - how can you tell?
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Yamadog mine was backwards too. The tire was not mounted on the wheel backwards....the wheel was on the bike backwards. If you look at the tire it's very obvious, there's a direction arrow. Look at the hub of the wheel and there is a very small direction arrow there also. Took mine to the dealer 2 days after I bought it and swapped around no problem. They were embarassed to say the least. Oh well, haste makes waste
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guess you can blame it on the dual brakes.... no its more fun to blame the dealer!

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When I got mich pilot road2 cts fitted I thought the guy had fitted the front on backwards because the tread goes the opposite way to the back. He pointed out the little direction arrows to me
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Yup, the arrows on the tyre and the rim should be in the same direction.

It would be dangerous riding in the wet because of aquaplaning .
The tire thread that move the water aside won't be doing it's job.

Alas, we all know the V only wants to go forward, Fast and Furious!

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Where is the arrow on the hub located? Thanks

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YUP, Mine too! was out riding with 4 other Versys owners late last year when one of the other riders noticed the tread, and the fact that I was babying corners. He told me about the tread being backwards, and sure enough, a dealer goof up. Took it to them and they replaced the tire with a new Dunlop Sportmax D202, a supposedly better tire. They appologised profusely and were quite helpful. I had almost 6000 km. on it. Now thats service......

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Hi Dave E,

You might be right about the arrow on the V rim. I could be mistaken thinking of my ex-BM rim. However sure about the arrow direction mark is on the tire.

Anyway, can't conform the arrow on the rim as haven't ridden for 5 weeks now and bike's about 2500 km away.Drilling a hole 3000m down offshore China. Can't wait to be back on the saddle and ride on. Some pics to share the pain.

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If you look at the hub and in the web of the spoke base you should see these. BTW left side of bike if sitting on it.
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If you look at the hub and in the web of the spoke base you should see these. BTW left side of bike if sitting on it.
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BayouVersys,Thanks for the description and photo's. I will have to look now to confirm mine.

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No problem doods, anything I can do to help the 'V'world keep rollin in the right direction (HAHA)
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I noticed today that my front tire is mounted backwards, I took it to the dealer for the 600 mile svc and left it for them to decide what to do. Anybody else?
So, Yamadog... I assume it was your front wheel that was installed backwards?
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Same here, front tire and rim are backwards. I have 1000km on the v, should I insist for a new tire? What else could be a problem?
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Oh Man! I understand how some things `get lost in the translationí and thereís always that metric/SAE issue... but with directional arrows!?! Four instances in this one thread!! This is pathetic!!!
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Your front tire and everything should be fine. Front tire will evacuate water better, with your wheel and tire assembly installed in the proper direction.

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