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    Mixing tire brands?

    Today I uncovered 'Flicker' from its long winter nap, and started giving it a general inspection.

    I checked tread depth, and realized my front tire is not going to be good enough for the week-long road trip I'm planning to take next month. The back tire, however, can safely handle more miles.

    I want to switch to the Dunlop Roadsmart III line that has been so well reviewed. But at this point only my front tire really needs replacing.

    Do I have to change out both tires at the same time? Or can I put a Dunlop on the front, and keep the OEM Bridgestone on the rear until it's more worn than it is?

    Pardon my ignorance about this. Advice would be appreciated.
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    I do not see why not. When I went to the DR III, I only needed the rear. When I went to buy the tire there was a sell on the pair, so I got both. I installed the rear, then 2000 miles later did the front.

    I remember when I had the front done coming out of the shop with both front and rear done, the bike was so much better that I wished I changed them at the same time. When the time came to replace them, I did so in a set. I got 8500 on the front and 10500 on the rear, both tires could have gone longer but I did not want to go on a long trip with them, so I replaced both. I now have about 5K on both and they still look new. I am hopeing to get 12K or better out of this set.

    Hopefully I will need tires come Aug if I get to go on the trips I have planed.....
    mj.

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    Thanks, MJ. I've got 9,500 miles on the Bridgestones. If all I were planning do was commute to the office, I'd let it go for awhile. But not with a 1,500-mile week in the offing. Not worth the risk, especially if we encounter hard rain.

    I'm surprised that my front tire has worn more than my rear tire. Never had that happen before.
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    I think 9500 on the stones is great. I would replace both before the trip. My thinking is, when you get back more then likely you will need the front done. When I am on a trip I do not like to think that if I wanted to do a few more days and take the long way home I could not becuse of a tire that I was going to place anyway.

    Just like I like to get all the maintence done now before I get to riding. Once I start riding I hate to miss a day for something that could have been done before hand. Cost more to think Iike that but to me, worth it not to miss a good riding day. I do try and get parts etc when I see them on sell and have them on hand for when I need them.

    enjoy your trip, mj

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    What I would do? As long as your not going into high speed turns and pushing the handling of the bike I would not change both tires because of manufacturer. Change the front, take the bike out for a spin and if you don't feel any handling problems leave the rear for another time. Why the front is wearing more than the rear should not happen?

    Over the years I've noticed a handling improvement when the tire being replaced has worn out most of the tread depths and/or flat spot in the middle of the tire. The bike handles fine even with only one tire being replaced as long as the both tires have good tread depth and no flat spots on them. So if your rear tire has good tread depth and no flat spot on the middle of the tire you should be good to go.
    Last edited by randy1149; 04-15-2018 at 03:29 AM.

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    Thanks, Randy.

    Yeah, it's really weird about my front tire being noticeably more worn than my back tire. I check my tire pressure often, so I really can't figure this one out. Many years of riding, and I've never had this happen before.
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    On one of my bikes I have a different rear tire. No issues. And it is a Bridgestone on rear, not front.
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    The Honda dealer that I do business at has a really sharp service manager. He's been in the service business for over 20 years and has more years than that under his belt as a motorcyclist. He's about as much of an "expert" that I've found. I asked him about this and his reply was that there is no problem at all with putting different tires on the front and back.

    I've switched to the Dunlop Roadsmart III's about 2,200 miles ago. It's too early to assess whether the cupping that I found on my PR4's (at 5,000 miles) will occur or to how many miles I'll get out of the tire. But, I like the way it handles better than either the Metzler's or PR4's. As I know more, I'll post updates in the thread that has to do with the Dunlop Roadsmart III's.

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    I have mixed tire brands before with no ill effects but I am cheap, change my own tires and wont throw a good tire away before its time. I have a Yamaha Majesty with a Bridgestone on the front and Pirelli on the back due to eventually switching over to Pirelli’s. That being said if facing a 1500 mile trip and having 10,000 on the rear I think I would replace it just for the piece of mind of not giving tires a second thought on the trip . I also seem to have always picked up more nails and flat’s on well worn tires which could ruin an otherwise perfect bike trip after a long winter. It would also be interesting gauging the front tire wear vs the rear when replacing both at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 12MANY View Post
    That being said if facing a 1500 mile trip and having 10,000 on the rear I think I would replace it just for the piece of mind of not giving tires a second thought on the trip.
    You make a good point. I've been considering throwing for them both, and I might well -- for this very reason. I plan to ask my mechanic to put it up on a lift and give that rear tire a really good look-over. I might be missing a problem.
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