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Advice-need new rear tire can i keep the orig. front

Need a new rear tire and only have a little over 3k and the front stock tire looks fine yet. Can i put a Avon storm ST on the rear and not replace the front without any problem in handling? I am not that much of an aggressive rider and almost all pavement. Should be fine right? thanks guys

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Hey Dean,

I have run mix and match on every bike I've had and it has been ok. When I had the Buell I ran some odd sizes (all I could get that day) after flatting on a longish trip and it was a little different feeling but worked out.

Glad to see you are riding, I need to host a back roads/gravel V ride some time this summer. Thinking here north toward MacGreggor with some gravel and those little roads by the river, or the same sort of stuff down south your way. It would be a good break in for your tire.

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As long as you don't forget that a new tire in the rear doesn't improve the grip in the front and try to push it harder than you did previously because you have a new and better tire in the rear, you should have no problems.


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I just put on a new Storm on the front and a new Pilot Road 2 on the rear. Did 60 miles of good chip seal this afternoon for a scrub in. I would have put a Pilot Road 2 on the front but I had the Storm left over from the FJR. They feel fine.
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Always use 2 of the same make of tyre, never ever mix makes. Look at it this way, if you mix them and come off and damage your bike, your bike insurer will more than likely refuse your claim.
Moreover different tyres heat up at a different rate so there is always a problem. How I know, I don't mix tires-BT016 Front & Back.

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I prefer not to mis match tires. I put a rear on my cbr that didn't work well with the front so i just try and avoid it. The turn in was crazy.
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I mixed a Dunlop 616 w/ the stock rear and it felt way better than the matched stock ever did. Go ahead and mix it.
I probably would not if you were a fast track rider, but your riding should be zero probs.
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I've been riding for 40 years on the street. I have mixed tires many, many times. I have even run a radial and bias-ply of mixed brands at the same time (not recommended).

I have never had an "issue". Some combinations work better than others; most work just fine. I won't throw away a perfectly good tire to ensure I always have a set of matched new tires. That's just me.

I currently have a BT021 Bridgestone on the front and a Shinko Raven on the rear. They work fine. When the front wears out, I will mount a matching Raven.

You can always just replace the rear, and if you don't like the feel (give it some time), then mount a new tire up front.

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Always use 2 of the same make of tyre, never ever mix makes. Look at it this way, if you mix them and come off and damage your bike, your bike insurer will more than likely refuse your claim.
Moreover different tyres heat up at a different rate so there is always a problem. How I know, I don't mix tires-BT016 Front & Back.

I respectfully disagree with you, Fastoman. I just installed Shinko Trail Master tires, front and rear, on my KLR, and besides how much I like them, I've noticed that the front tire warms SLIGHTLY while the rear gets close to HOT!

FWIW, I replace whichever tire wears out, and ride till the other needs replacing too, whether or not they "match".

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I've been riding for 40 years on the street. I have mixed tires many, many times. I have even run a radial and bias-ply of mixed brands at the same time (not recommended). Michael
Have to respectfully disagree with you TOO, Michael. Check it out - some Triumphs come with radial/ bias tire mix from the factory. DON'T EVER mix them on a car, but OK on a bike because, while cars corner in "yaw", motorcycles don't (UNLESS you really screw up, or ride dirt-track....).

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Ed,

I just said I did it and didn't recommend it. It worked great on the R80G/S I had with a 19" rim on the front. I had the radial tire on the front, bias in the rear. I doubt the factory does that?

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Need a new rear tire and only have a little over 3k and the front stock tire looks fine yet. Can i put a Avon storm ST on the rear and not replace the front without any problem in handling? I am not that much of an aggressive rider and almost all pavement. Should be fine right? thanks guys
Right now I have a matching set of PR2 but the best setup that I had on the Versys so far was a sport tire in the front and a sport touring tire in the back. The extra grip and extra precision in the front was great and the back was just right with a BT21

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I just said I did it and didn't recommend it. It worked great on the R80G/S I had with a 19" rim on the front. I had the radial tire on the front, bias in the rear. I doubt the factory does that?

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All I can say, Michael, is that some Triumphs came from the factory with a radial/ bias mix. As you say - it worked GREAT on your BMW!

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All I can say, Michael, is that some Triumphs came from the factory with a radial/ bias mix. As you say - it worked GREAT on your BMW!
Some BMW come like that from the factory too...


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