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Offline ablackett

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Mismatched tyres
« on: Aug 04, 2020, 03:20 PM »
On my new to me 2014 650 versys it has pirelli on the front and bridgestone on the rear. The rear has some ridges near the outer edge from general wear and being mismatched I thought best to replace both tyres. So the question is which tyres do you recommend and where to get new tyres, read somewhere to avoid car garages and go to a motorbike specialist.

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Re: Mismatched tyres
« Reply #1 on: Aug 04, 2020, 05:21 PM »
Try National Bike Tyres at Newton Aycliffe, Steve the owner is a biker and really nice guy, he can advise you
on tyres if need be. I just used to take the wheels up and he would sort them out, I used Michelin Pilot Road 4
on my mk2 and loved them. His phone number is 01325 316771 and he's just down the road from you, worth
ringing him if you want specific tyres but he carries a big selection, also does fitting on the bike but I preferred
to give the wheels, forks & backend a good clean while they were off the bike.
Hope this helps, cheers Harry.

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Re: Mismatched tyres
« Reply #2 on: Aug 04, 2020, 06:10 PM »
*Originally Posted by ablackett [+]
On my new to me 2014 650 versys it has pirelli on the front and bridgestone on the rear. The rear has some ridges near the outer edge from general wear and being mismatched I thought best to replace both tyres. So the question is which tyres do you recommend and where to get new tyres, read somewhere to avoid car garages and go to a motorbike specialist.

It's worth having 90 valves fitted when you get your tyres fitted, far easier to check pressures 😁👍

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Re: Mismatched tyres
« Reply #3 on: Aug 04, 2020, 07:30 PM »
*Originally Posted by ablackett [+]
On my new to me 2014 650 versys it has pirelli on the front and bridgestone on the rear. The rear has some ridges near the outer edge from general wear and being mismatched I thought best to replace both tyres. So the question is which tyres do you recommend and where to get new tyres, read somewhere to avoid car garages and go to a motorbike specialist.
Mismatched is utter BS
before one make tyre sponsorship in racing using tyres from different manufacturers was not only OK but was seen as being a sign that you knew what you were doing. Choosing the best tyres for front and rear didn't mean they were made by the same manufacturer. Change because of the wear but no need to fall for the same brand hype

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Re: Mismatched tyres
« Reply #4 on: Aug 04, 2020, 09:50 PM »


 I've been getting the most mileage out of Continental RoadAttacks. Both the 2 series and the 3 series also handle well in wet and dry, and keep their shape well.

 Rob
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Re: Mismatched tyres
« Reply #5 on: Aug 05, 2020, 01:16 AM »
In general, what Kevin said.  There is no reason to replace them just because they are not a matched set.  But, there are other reasons you may want to replace them...

Do you know how many miles on those tires?  I assume they came with the bike, so maybe you can't quite tell.  A couple of things to check other than whether they are worn enough to warrant replacement is their manufacturing date.  Depending on the mileage, it's possible that the front has not been replaced in a long time (fronts often last much longer than rears).  It may look like it's still within the wear limits, but the rubber could be old and not as grippy as it was intended to be.  That would be a good reason to replace both.

Also, I think Rob meant Continental TrailAttack 2 and 3 (senior moment...?   :whistle:).  The TA3 in particular is a very good tire, significantly improved in wet grip over the TA2, so given about equal price, go for TA3s.  Pirelli Scorpion Trail II are also a good bet, even a little better than the TA3 in the wet.


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Re: Mismatched tyres
« Reply #6 on: Aug 05, 2020, 12:09 PM »

 Yes and no. I've been using both on the V1K. Jury is still out as to which of the two Contis give the better mileage.

 Rob.
« Last Edit: Aug 05, 2020, 12:10 PM by uralrob »
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Re: Mismatched tyres
« Reply #7 on: Aug 06, 2020, 01:07 AM »
+1 for the Michelin PR4's!!

The R5's are newer and really good also but with their sportier design and 'slick edge' I feel they are probably a bit overkill for the V.

I have run michelins for years and always find they give the best confidence, heat up quickly in the cold and have great wet weather grip.

If on a budget, the Bridgestone BT023's are a forgotten favourite, they used to be couriers and bike school go to for years. Had them on my earlier bikes. T30 or T31's are the modern day equivalent from Bridgestone
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