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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 11th, 2008, 3:08 pm Thread Starter
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Mismatched Tires

I wanted to get some info on any potential problems with using two different tire brands for the front & the rear. Reason I'm asking is that I had M3's on the bike but just got a flat on the rear & replaced it with the original tires that came with the bike (replaced right after delivery). Temporary fix until the tire is ordered & delivered. I plan to replace the rear with the pirelli dc III but was thinking of leaving the m3's in front for now as they are still relatively new. I have the K12R if that makes any difference.

Does anybody do this & notice any significant difference in handling?

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I wanted to get some info on any potential problems with using two different tire brands for the front & the rear. Reason I'm asking is that I had M3's on the bike but just got a flat on the rear & replaced it with the original tires that came with the bike (replaced right after delivery). Temporary fix until the tire is ordered & delivered. I plan to replace the rear with the pirelli dc III but was thinking of leaving the m3's in front for now as they are still relatively new. I have the K12R if that makes any difference.

Does anybody do this & notice any significant difference in handling?

Thanks.

I would guess compounds would make a diff.....dont want one sticky and the other hard......but dont know enough about those tires to tell you the diff in compound..
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 12th, 2008, 9:45 am Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply BAK04GT. The 2 tires are similar in their purpose & make-up based on what I've read. I guess I just have to try it to find out.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Jun 12th, 2008, 9:52 am
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You shouldn't really have any issues

I usually run a "sport" compound, similar to the M3
on the front and a "sport-touring" compound on the rear.
I've run just about every brand out there over the
last ten years on my bike. I wouldn't hesitate for a minute to run
different brand tires. What would ya do if you had no choice, say
on a trip and you had to replace one or the other and a dealer
had different brand than what you're running?

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Thanks Shook. I'm glad to hear that from someone who's had extensive first hand experience on the matter
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I ran over 5,000 miles with a Michelin Pilot Road up front and a Metzler Z6 on the rear with no problems whatsoever. I actually liked the handling better with the mis-matched brands than with the correct pair of Metzlers front and rear.

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Thanks rhhall. Good to know that there are more riders out there that have been doing this with favorable results which really answers my primary concern regarding handling.
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