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mixing tire brands

Postby norskedan » Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:05 pm

I have a 2009 GL 1800 - the fourth Wing I've had; I bought it used...after totaling my 2008 Wing when two pit bulls tried to have me for breakfast - at 60 mph. Anyway, the previous owner apparently ran the rear tire at low pressure because the tire is now 'cupped'; the front tire is fine and has lots of tread left. Anyway, the bike has Dunlop E3's on it...but I've always had better luck/performance with Bridgestone tires. If I replace my rear tire with a Bridgestone G704 - and leave the Dunlop E3 on the front, will I be inviting handling problems? I'm not planning on doing the 'Dragon's tail' anytime soon :) and I don't do lots of severe leaning turns...just a normal Wing rider. Can anyone give me a rather definitive answer to this question? I'd be grateful.

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Re: mixing tire brands

Postby Fatwing Chris » Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:39 pm

Go for it.There's guys running all sorts of mixes including a radial on the back(CT) and a bias rear tire on the front.
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Re: mixing tire brands

Postby cbx4evr » Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:44 pm

No problem . I was running a Dunlop rear and an Avon front and had no issues. It's all rubber. Main thing is that it is round.
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Re: mixing tire brands

Postby waituntilthebeep » Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:07 am

norskedan wrote:just a normal Wing rider.

What is normal? lol. I have found the pegs unexpectedly quite a few times and I didn't think I was getting all that rowdy with it.

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Re: mixing tire brands

Postby norskedan » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:05 am

...'just a "normal" Wing rider' is relative, I guess...but I know what normal Wing riding isn't; normal isn't doing cartwheels down the pavement at 60 mph after 2 dogs ambushed me on the highway - especially when you're 63 yrs old. THAT's why wearing good helmets, gloves, armored jackets, thick jeans and footgear is wise; came away with only two broken bones in my hand and a sprained ankle.

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Re: mixing tire brands

Postby JMMO » Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:01 pm

Thanks for posting this question norskedan, and glad to hear you've healed up fine. :D I've been wondering the same thing. I bought my '98 two years ago, and the front tire was like new while the rear was close to needing replacing. I replaced the rear with the stock Dunlop, and now a year later the front needs replaced. Sounds like I can mix brands with no problems. :D

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