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post #1 of 13 Old 08-31-2009, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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I just put a Shinko 705 series tire on the front of my 08... Is it just me, or did they put the "rotation" indicator on that thing backwards? I put it on like the arrow indicated, which makes the tread "backwards" (at least to me)
As it is, it looks like it will channel water toward the center of the tire, not away toward the edges. If you picture the tread as a "v" shape, looking down on the tire, the open end of the v is toward the front of the bike...
That just can't be right.... can it?
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-31-2009, 09:34 PM
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Quick google search turned up this... The back tire has the open V back and the front tire has the open V forward. An image search turned up a few more the same. Seems odd for sure, but appears correct.

http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/s....php?p=2243234



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post #3 of 13 Old 09-01-2009, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for the pics... I feel slightly better about it.
I suppose the first time I run through some water, I will be able to tell how it works.. it just seems backwards to me.
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I guess if you really think about it, the front tire isn't going to accomplish much water dispersion before it's own contact patch anyway, so maybe the idea is for the front tire to be setup to disperse water more efficient for helping the rear. The more I read about tires though, it appears that directional front tires are setup this way for better traction under braking. Maybe somebody with more tire knowledge can jump in here.

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I can't offer any answers, but I've seen tires that way, and I never understood it either.




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I haven't managed to run thru any water yet, but overall "feel" of the tire is pretty good. It seems to follow the longitudinal texture grooves in the concrete a little more than the stock dunlop, but it seems to grip pretty well when leaning into curves... so far.
I suppose they ALL do... until they don't.
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as an aside... this was my first attempt at mounting a tire. Through several circumstances, I decided to re-use the original tube, which looked ok. First attempt, after getting the tire on, the air leaked back out pretty quickly. Took it back off, found and patched the hole I'd pinched in the tube (using a 24" tire iron from Harbor Freight) tried it again, air leaked out a little more slowly. Took it back off, and patched the second hole I'd just pinched in it with the tire iron. Put it back on, and it seemed to hold air ok. Test ran for about 20 minutes that evening, then found it to be down to 20psi the next morning, originally pressurized to 35. Stopped on the way home from work, bought a new tube, put it in, using a couple of single end metric open end wrenches (which had very slim, well rounded ends) and put it in. No leaks.
Nothin to it!

Last slow leak in the original tube was found to be coming out from under my first patch.
Somehow, during the seemingly endless removal and replacement process, I didn't get the speedo cable end firmly in place. I now have a new cable on order, which should be here in a day or so.
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The tire tread patterns are set up so that the rear provides forward traction and the front provides braking traction.
HG did you put any air in the tube before installing it?
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I inserted it flat, then once the stem was fastened, I partially inflated it to sort of "seat" it in the tire. Once it felt ok, I let the air back out of it to seat the second bead. I thought I was being careful not to get the tip of the tire iron too far in when working the tire into the rim, but I guess I just wasn't careful enough.
Do you leave the tube partially inflated during the whole process?
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Yes leave the tube lightly inflated. It greatly minimizes the posibility of pinching the tube.
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