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post #11 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-25-2016, 08:02 PM
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brands are only preference.
you can always mix and match any brand as you please, but preferably in the same category, and you're well aware of their characteristics and limitations. the R came with ST tires as oem, but you can always put sports tire if you prefer.
the only thing you're not supposse to do is to mix radial ply with bias ply tires.

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the only thing you're not supposse to do is to mix radial ply with bias ply tires.
there is one more exception, some thread patterns are specifically designed to work in pairs, don't exactly remember what manufacturer and model it was (it was in the supersport category though), but the front was designed to push the water away from the center line in wet conditions, so the rear could have a slick strip down the middle for better traction on straights, but for most of the tires this should not be a problem
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there is one more exception, some thread patterns are specifically designed to work in pairs, don't exactly remember what manufacturer and model it was (it was in the supersport category though), but the front was designed to push the water away from the center line in wet conditions, so the rear could have a slick strip down the middle for better traction on straights, but for most of the tires this should not be a problem
Yes a Metzler 5 model I guess.

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It doesn't matter. I usually prefer to have matching sets, but that's only because I'm OCD about it ...I've mixed types and brands once, and it didn't make any difference and I've seen other people do it too with no issues. It's still rubber. The bike doesn't know or care about what brand/model you put on. It won't make a difference.
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My rear oem d222 was squared-off at around 11,000km and i did consider replacing it.
I started doing more warm-up S-turns and slow-in power-through-and-out turns, etc.
It did help to round it (unsquare) somewhat. Now at 18,000km it is visibly rounder. There is hope (to unsquare it) for those who are willing to try. 0.5mm left.
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My rear oem d222 was squared-off at around 11,000km and i did consider replacing it.
I started doing more warm-up S-turns and slow-in power-through-and-out turns, etc.
It did help to round it (unsquare) somewhat. Now at 18,000km it is visibly rounder. There is hope (to unsquare it) for those who are willing to try. 0.5mm left.
That's an interesting perspective. Never thought it this way. :-)

May be I could use sanding tool too...
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Pairanoid.
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That's an interesting perspective. Never thought it this way. :-)

May be I could use sanding tool too...
I sure hope you're joking...
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I've been mixing tires for years without issues. Very seldom do I ever change both front and rear at the same time.
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My rear oem d222 was squared-off at around 11,000km and i did consider replacing it.
I started doing more warm-up S-turns and slow-in power-through-and-out turns, etc.
It did help to round it (unsquare) somewhat. Now at 18,000km it is visibly rounder. There is hope (to unsquare it) for those who are willing to try. 0.5mm left.
Your onto something there. For slow maneuver and lean angle training, I periodically do figure 8's in a large car park on a Sunday when not in use.

The added advantage of doing some practice is that you can round off your tire rather quickly.

It's a WIN, WIN....
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