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Old 07-28-2014, 06:32 PM   #1
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Mixing street tires?

Michelin doesn't make a Pilot Road 4 that fits rear on my RT. Looks like they do make one that fits front. Any thought on putting a Pilot 3 on the back and a 4 on the front? Thinking that the 4 is a little more advanced and might as well take advantage where I can.

Bad idea?
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:39 PM   #2
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Try to keep the softer/sticky one up front,if you can.
I have mixed brands,and I'm still here. :)
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:47 PM   #3
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Mixed brands, types, you name it. Are you running the 3s front and rear now?
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:55 PM   #4
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I have always run Z6s on the RT. I have Pilot 4s on the Speed Triple and like them so far. Never run Pilot 3s but understand people generally like them.

ABS on the RT is flaking out so thinking I should get as much wet weather help from my rubber as possible.
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:41 PM   #5
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Are you sure they don't have your size? Might be in the PR4 GTs. Don't know about the RT but for the K1200RS the Michelin fitment guide calls for the PR4 GTs.

I guess I'll find out soon about mixing, can't ride because of work but by the time I get back home the front PR3 will be done for. I just happen to have 2 GTs in the shed. My rear PR3 is still good for a while so will be mixing & matching. I don't see a problem with that, will only be for a few thousand kms until I can install one of them rear PR4 GTs I also happen to have in the shed.
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:43 PM   #6
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Are you sure they don't have your size? Might be in the PR4 GTs. Don't know about the RT but for the K1200RS the Michelin fitment guide calls for the PR4 GTs.

I guess I'll find out soon about mixing, can't ride because of work but by the time I get back home the front PR3 will be done for. I just happen to have 2 GTs in the shed. My rear PR3 is still good for a while so will be mixing & matching. I don't see a problem with that, will only be for a few thousand kms until I can install one of them rear PR4 GTs I also happen to have in the shed.
Rear is 160 / 60-ZR 18

I don't see any PR4 in reg or GT that fit. :(
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Well, a guy on revzilla posted that he run a 4 front and 3 back, if that helps
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Well, a guy on revzilla posted that he run a 4 front and 3 back, if that helps
Thanks. Especially since they're basically the same tire I wouldn't expect problem but just wanted to make sure.
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I never had any issues mixing tires on my RT. If you really want to keep matched tires, on that bike I had great experiences with Dunlop Roadsmart 2 tires in all sorts of weather and road conditions.
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Old 07-29-2014, 07:23 AM   #10
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I've done it for years on the street with no issues whatsoever. I always liked a Pilot Road 2 rear combined with a Pilot Power 2 front. The stickier front gave slightly better response and would last about the same mileage as the rear.
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Old 07-29-2014, 07:48 AM   #11
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Nothing at all wrong with that or mixing brands for that matter.
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:29 AM   #12
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I, too, am in the "go ahead and mix" camp.

The whole thing about a motorcycle (and you'll see this more off-road unless you ride hard and well on the roads and paved race tracks) is that the front wheel is going to do what the front wheel is going to do, and the back wheel is going to do what the back wheel is going to do. The rider balances out the two and makes a motorcycle work.
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Old 07-29-2014, 04:19 PM   #13
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I've done it for years on the street with no issues whatsoever. I always liked a Pilot Road 2 rear combined with a Pilot Power 2 front. The stickier front gave slightly better response and would last about the same mileage as the rear.
I've started doing similar things. I figure as long as they're from the same manufacturer they will have similar profiles.
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:26 PM   #14
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Bonnevilles have an odd combination of front and rear sizes. I'm running a RoadAttack on front and a TrailAttack on back to get correct OEM sizes.

Have had no problems...

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Try it. If it works great... If not change it up.
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