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post #1 of 14 Old 07-29-2014, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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mixing tires question

Any issues with running an avon gripster front tire with a scorpion trail rear?

The front still has a lot of life and I don't want to swap it right now.


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post #2 of 14 Old 07-29-2014, 06:11 PM
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I'll find out pretty soon. I've got a like-new Shinko 244 on the front and am getting ready to put a Kenda 761 on the rear. I don't anticipate any issues other than a rather odd-looking mix of tires.



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post #3 of 14 Old 07-29-2014, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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I ordered front and rear K761, figured I would match them at the cheap price.


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I got a deal on the 761 rear and have had it for about three years, always opting to order another 244 instead of putting it on. I'm going to go ahead and try it out. Who knows? I might become a fan of the 761. I've always liked the 244's, on-road and off, but don't ride anywhere I really need the knobbage of the 244's.

Another year on that front 244 and I will have gotten enough of my money's worth out of it to remove it even if it's not worn out, keep it as a spare and maybe mount a 761 front if I'm happy with the rear.



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I see no problem. I've mixed tires and will do so again for about ~10k miles when my rear shinko 705 goes baldish.

I think you will notice slightly different handling characteristics, but nothing more. Just make sure they are installed correctly and I'd say you are good to go.

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Hey Crash,

Back in the day I had a 1976 kz1000. We all did. I had a hair raising experience by mixing tire tread patterns. The bike was "slippery". It seemed like it wanted to slide through every turn I took. Even going in a straight line just didn't feel right. My best friend's dad raced motorcycles back in the late 40's and early 50's. I told him about my handling problems not giving the tire tread pattern much of a thought. He walked around my bike twice and told me that was what my problem was. By looking at the tread he figured that my front tire was too slow for the rear. So the rear end was constantly trying to pass the front. So with that wisdom handed to me I went out and got a set of dunlops and had them installed. No more handling problems. So for the last 35 years I have always used matching tread patterns. This can be an expensive phobia because I replace fronts that still have plenty of wear left in them but the matching rear is no longer availible
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No problem running different brands. I'm running a Dunlop 606 on the rear and a Shinko 705 front right now. Got a couple of front tires hanging around here half worn that I'm going to start using up.

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My tires haven't 'matched' since the stockers wore out.




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Shinko 244 on the back, 60%-worn k761 on the front. Feels perfectly fine.
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No problem running different brands. I'm running a Dunlop 606 on the rear and a Shinko 705 front right now. Got a couple of front tires hanging around here half worn that I'm going to start using up.
No problem mixing, but that is an odd combo man. Any particular reason?

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