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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-25-2016, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Question Shall I only change tires in a SET? (aka no brand mixing)

My 2015 CBR 500 R is approx. 7000 miles (~ 11000 KMs) now. It came with Dunlop D222 (aka Roadsmart II). The rear is almost squared off now. The centre line is most weared-off while the side walls are still in great shape. That must tell you that I have a lot of straight line rides than leans. The Front tire in other hand is still in great shape.

Based on my riding, which is 100 % city and canyon carving but 0 track days - I am leaning toward Pirelli Angel GT for the better mileage.

Now the question is - should I change both front and rear to Angel GT at same time or should I leave the OEM Dunlop 222 in the front alone and only change the Rear, means I will have two different brand tires (with slightly different behaviours) at same time. Based on current front wear, I am sure it would last another 7000 miles (~ 11000 KMs). The other option could be to change Rear with same Dunlop Roadsmart II and in future when Front is ready, swap both of them to something else in a SET. But of course I want to try new rubber now.

What the group recommends? Any experience that could be shared? Are there any pros and cons (except cost)?


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I've been reading on other forums & they say as long as the front tire still looks good it's ok to replace only the rear tire "BUT" Do Not Mix Tire Types/Brands. They say they change two rear tires to every one front tire. SO either put same tire on Rear or Change both to your new choice of tires & then go from there with your next rear only change.( Safe Riding to You) Enjoy!🏍
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I've owned 8 bikes in my lifetime and always changed both tires at the same time with the same brand and model tires.

Just how I roll.

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I got a large cut (didn't go flat) in my rear tire with about 1100 on the bike (stock tires). At the time I asked the same question here and got the response of it doesn't matter. So I had a Metzger rear put on (I don't recall the model, it's what they had in stock). Thousands of miles later I can say from my experience that I haven't noticed a difference between the old and new, nor between the front and rear.
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With only 3000 miles on my 500F when it's time to change the rear tire I'm going to change both front & rear at the same time to most likely Road pilot 4's .
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I've only ever replaced tires in pairs. You might say I'm...

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Pairanoid.
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i replaced the rear D222 with a ROADSMART 2 @ 8500 miles, then replaced the front D222 with a ROADSMART 2 @ 10,000 miles. I am coming up on 20,000 miles now and will be swapping both for ANGEL GT's in the next month as i am about to hit treadwear indicators on both front and rear. i average around 1000 miles per month and the last 10,000 miles on the bike have been about 50% canyon carving and 50% running around doing errands so YMMV.
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Thanks everyone. I will Swap the rear with Roadsmart II then and when time to change both, will move to PR4 or Angel GT or whatever best at that time.

On separate note, I have same problem for my 15 1000 RR. They came with Dunlop Qualifiers II. The problem is Dunlop stopped making them long ago and I can't find any place selling them so I am stuck with changing both front & rear on that machine.

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Roadsmart 3 is the new direct replacement for Roadsmart II. Being a replacement, it has more or less the same profile and characteristics. Apparently, the 3 is a much better tyre.

Angel GT and PR4 have more or less the same sports touring profile. So, it is not a problem.

I'm on the same boat, 18,000km. I'm not a fan of the oem D222 (Roadsmart II), particularly in the wet, no feel at all. Angel GT or PR4 will be my next tyre.
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@eds We don't have Roadsmart III in North America yet. You guys in Australia (and Europe) are lucky on this matter.

So will you be swapping both front & Rear D222s or only Rear?

What about Bridgestone T30 EVO?

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