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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-17-2012, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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Just curious if anyone has any feedback about using two different brand tires on their Vic. I have the OEM replacement dunlop 250 rear and was going to try a bridgestone on the front as the oem dunlop front had cupping issues. I don't expect it to be a problem but thought I'd ask

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Mismatched tires aren't that big of an issue for most riders... that said there are instances when the front tire is specifically designed to be run in tandem with the rear tire and vice versa. If you do a lot of touring and ride in all types of weather it is a good idea to match up the front and rear... if you are a weekend rider or around town on nice weather days it doesn't really matter what tires you have.

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should be no problem,
i replaced the front tire on my j-pot (oem dunlop)
with a metzler while running a dunlop on the rear
until i scrape up enough money to buy a metzler
for the rear.
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Aside from high speed wobbles, you will be alright.
I would think if properly balanced you wouldn't get high speed wobble unless it's literally the worst tire ever manufactured.

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I would think if properly balanced you wouldn't get high speed wobble unless it's literally the worst tire ever manufactured.
Different tires have different rubber compound, which changes its grip characteristics at different temperatures. You could have a front tire that grips more at certain speeds/temperatures, and less at others, while the rear tire would do the same but the grip would change at different speed/temp. So you could have a perfectly balanced ride until you hit a certain speed. All this gets even more apparent if you mix radials and bias tires.

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... if you are a weekend rider or around town on nice weather days it doesn't really matter what tires you have.
I can't help but agree with that statement. Therefore, your results will vary.

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Different tires have different rubber compound, which changes its grip characteristics at different temperatures. You could have a front tire that grips more at certain speeds/temperatures, and less at others, while the rear tire would do the same but the grip would change at different speed/temp. So you could have a perfectly balanced ride until you hit a certain speed. All this gets even more apparent if you mix radials and bias tires.
You better talk to Vics engineers if you believe this to be true as they mix bias with radials straight out of the factory as does HD.

Personally, I've never mixed a bias with a radial, but I've mixed radials many tens of times and it has never caused any problems for me.




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You better talk to Vics engineers if you believe this to be true as they mix bias with radials straight out of the factory as does HD.

Personally, I've never mixed a bias with a radial, but I've mixed radials many tens of times and it has never caused any problems for me.
Which Victory models come with bias and radial tires?

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Which Victory models come with bias and radial tires?
Hardball
Front:
130/70 B18 Dunlop 491 Elite II with Red Tire Strip
Rear:
180/60 R16 Dunlop Elite 3 with Red Tire Strip

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90/90 21 Dunlop Elite 3
http://www.motosport.com/cruiser/DUN...NT-TIRE-909021

Rear:
250/40R18 Dunlop Elite 3
http://www.cruisercustomizing.com/du...art/DUN-408099

There may be others, but those came to mind.




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Hardball
Front:
130/70 B18 Dunlop 491 Elite II with Red Tire Strip
Rear:
180/60 R16 Dunlop Elite 3 with Red Tire Strip

Jackpot
Front:
90/90 21 Dunlop Elite 3
http://www.motosport.com/cruiser/DUN...NT-TIRE-909021

Rear:
250/40R18 Dunlop Elite 3
http://www.cruisercustomizing.com/du...art/DUN-408099

There may be others, but those came to mind.
Just because someone's selling them, it doesn't mean they come like that from the factory. And the Hardball is a well documented typo in the specs Victory released.

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