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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-26-2015, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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Default XR Bias Front or Radial Front

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The XR comes from factory with a Bias front Elite 2 and Radial rear Elite 3. Towards the end of last season I changed the rear out to another E3 and now I'd like to change the front.

I'd like to stick with Dunlop Elites and I can get the front as an Elite 3 series in either Bias or Radial ply. Given that the bike comes with a Bias front, should I stick with Bias or should I change to Radial. Pros? Cons?
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I thought both front and rear came as a radial tire. My replacements are E3 and both are radial. I would get radial.

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It appears that you're riding a Cross Country. I'm referring to the Cross Roads.
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I have the elite 3 radial on my front and it is fine. I believe it came with one new, but I could be wrong.

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running 2 radials will give you a smoother ride.
you never can run radial up front and bias in the rear.
The bike will not track right or handling will be off.

Vic must of run out of radial tires when they built the bikes. It makes no cents to have mix matched tires. The cross country and cross roads are basically the same bike so why the tire difference

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Thanks Pelz and Visionjohnny

I'll try out the Elite 3 Radial on the front. If you don't hear from me by the end of this season, it didn't work out well so call 911.

I find it quite strange that the XR came with a mix Radial/Bias and the XC comes with both Radials. If I ever find out, I'll post it.
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I have used Avon and Mezler on my Honda. Recently my cousin talked me into trying Michelin Commander II. I loved these tires. I am think of putting these on my Vic when the time comes along with a 90 degree stem.

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Yes, a lot of people on here in other threads have good things to say about the Avon and Commanders however they don't carry the same weight rating as the Elites and the E's have been pretty good to me.

I contacted the head techs at a few Victory shops and they said they didn't know about the Radial/Bias on the XRs and told me to contact the manufacturer. I called VIC and they told me that they don't have any notes or guidance that I shouldn't put a radial on or why the XR has a bias in the front and told me to contact the techs at the Victory shops.

After all said and done, more was said than done and the radials are on order.
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Why the hell would anyone mix them. Handling has to be an issue

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