First, the things I had done were:
- Front Shocks replaced with Progressive Spring cartridges.
- Rear shock spring replaced with Progressive Spring.
- Replaced steering tree bearings with tapered bearings.
- Front tire replaced with Metzeler ME 888 Marathon Ultra 130/70 R18 M/C 63H.
- Rear tire replaced with Metzler ME 888 Marathon Ultra 180/60 R16 M/C 74H.
Has anyone ever seen any conditions like this?
I've checked both tires myself and the 'directional' arrows are correct, but I'm seeing something that I'm just not 100% sure of.
The back tire, the directional arrow is on the left side of the tire. And looking at the tread, the tread sipes would be hitting the ground with the smallest part of the tread opening with the wider part hitting the ground last. So to me that makes sense since I could see that it would push any water out the wide part of the tread opening.
But the front tire, the 'directional' arrow is on the right side of the tire. It is pointing correctly but for the front tire, the wider part of the tread would be hitting the ground first and the smaller side (middle) would be hitting the ground last. To me that just seems backwards which would not give any path for water to evacuate under the tire. Am I wrong? It really seems this could give me terrible wet road handling.
Has anyone ever heard of the directional arrows being incorrect on tires?
See the pictures I'm attaching. Both pictures of the tires are taken on the leading side of the tire.
If you think the tires are correct, has anyone else ever seen a bike handling issue like this? And anything related to what changes may have been done on the bike?
I appreciate any help or advice anyone can give me.