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Question different tyres front/rear?

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Is it possible to use different types of tyres on the front and the rear?
For example BT010 front and BT020 rear? Or Z4 front and Z6 rear?
Theoretical question. Just curious.
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Guys,

Is it possible to use different types of tyres on the front and the rear?
For example BT010 front and BT020 rear? Or Z4 front and Z6 rear?
Theoretical question. Just curious.
TIA
On my Ninja, I used the exact combo that you asked about...BT010 front and BT020 rear. LOVED it! On my Honda V65s, I rode with a Dunlop Elite II rear and an IRC front. Loved that combo. On my LT, I rode with a B'Stone rear and an Avon front for many happy miles.

Don't buy into the hype that you NEED to match tires. IMO, it nonsense. I'm loving these Avons, but if I don't get at least 6K out of the rear, I'll probably try something else for the rear...but I'll probably stick with the front Avon. We'll see.

It's your bike. Put what YOU want on it. Just stay away from mixing Radials with Bias-Ply tires.
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Is it possible to use different types of tyres on the front and the rear?
For example BT010 front and BT020 rear? Or Z4 front and Z6 rear?
I've done it without ill effects.

However....

Once we were riding two-up in Sequoia National Park and I noticed the rear tire getting thin. Rather than risk trying to finish the trip and get home, we called the BMW dealer in nearby Fresno, CA to arrange to get a rear tire.

Well, when we got there the guy was insistent on changing both as "Our insurance...and blah, blah, blah...won't allow us to mix brands." We had Pirellis on it - and a new one on the front - but he only sold Metzeler (pretty much the same tire). Also, he wanted to do new brake pads as "They were half worn" (they lasted another 30,000 miles!). That offer we declined.

Ended up selling us two new Metzies at $450 mounted. Kind blew the rest of the trip expenses.

So yeah you can do it. Just watch out down the road if it is an odd tire and you get a stubborn dealer down the road.
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Thank you, guys!

But could different protector' designs cause wobbling? On a lighter bike?

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Guys,

Is it possible to use different types of tyres on the front and the rear?
For example BT010 front and BT020 rear? Or Z4 front and Z6 rear?
Theoretical question. Just curious.
TIA
I am not sure about other brands, but this would scare me a bit with the Z6's. They are intended to work together. The front is supposed to clear the water for the rear. This is needed since the center section of the rear is essentially a slick.

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I am not sure about other brands, but this would scare me a bit with the Z6's. They are intended to work together. The front is supposed to clear the water for the rear. This is needed since the center section of the rear is essentially a slick.

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Brian,

This is an excellent observation and very valid point as it relates to the Z6. Perhaps other tires have similar "teaming" arrangements?

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Provided the tyres match you have no problem.

Most sets of tyres have a softer front compound anyway.

Different profiles can mean that you get a weave or shopping trolley wobble.

I rode a BT010 rear with a BT011 front (softer compound) on an 1150R because they matched and I ride the front tyre hard into bends.

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I am not sure about other brands, but this would scare me a bit with the Z6's. They are intended to work together. The front is supposed to clear the water for the rear. This is needed since the center section of the rear is essentially a slick.
Marketing hype. Show me a modern motorcycle front tire, and I'll show you a tire that sheds water.
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Marketing hype. Show me a modern motorcycle front tire, and I'll show you a tire that sheds water.
Agreed! I rode over 10k miles with a Z6 on the rear and a Pilot Sport on the front, often in light or heavy rain. Combo worked well. (FWIW, 2 front and 2 rear in the data set.)
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Marketing hype. Show me a modern motorcycle front tire, and I'll show you a tire that sheds water.
Been running a Michelin Pilot Road up front, and a Z-6 (non-B or C) out back for the last 5,000 miles without any ill effects. Be forewared that I've also not had to ride in any signficant rain during the last 5,000 miles, either.

The bike seems to lean into the corners more progressively with the Pilot Road up front. The Pilot Road seems to have a more round profile compared to the more triangular shaped profile that the Z6 has...


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