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Post  ValkRy98 on Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:22 pm

Hi, folks. Just got here today (as in just discovered the site). Hey, I was wondering if anyone here has tried putting a 150/80 or 160/70 rear tire on the front of their Valk. It's time for me to do something as my front ME880 150/80 is done. Any thoughts?
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Post  twin1300 on Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:29 pm

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Post  ValkRy98 on Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:42 pm

Yeah, it looks like a 160 will fit fine. A 170 would be a very tight squeeze. But, on the other hand, I did manage to get a 205 Triple tread under the back ok. I'm just a little chicken to be the first.
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Post  jedishon on Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:47 pm

Welcome to the site. Some Valk and Wing riders are putting rear tires on the front. Just make sure you run the rotation arrows backwards. This keeps the belts from sepperating under heavy breaking. There is a great thread about it on here some where. Some one should remember where. My memory never was that good.

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Post  ValkRy98 on Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:53 pm

Thanks Jerry, I'll look around.
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Post  mikehallbackhoe on Mon May 04, 2009 9:49 pm

I am running a 130 90 17 dunlop rear tire on the front, and am very pleased with it. seems to be the same height as my stock front tire

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Post  Jack G on Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:16 am

Mine has a Shinko 150/70/17. I love it. Wish I had done this before.
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Post  Alpha Dragon on Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:57 pm

What is the advantage of a rear tire on front?
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Post  jedishon on Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:39 am

Alpha Dragon wrote:What is the advantage of a rear tire on front?

Deeper tread depth = longer life.

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Post  Smokin'joeVRCCDS#0005 on Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:02 pm

Avon 130/90/17 ....Seems to be the best bet for keeping close to same height.
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Post  quadancer on Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:04 pm

After all those arguments were debated to death and settled, some still recommend running the tire backwards. No thanx.
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Post  Breeze on Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:58 am

ValkRy98 wrote:Hi, folks. Just got here today (as in just discovered the site). Hey, I was wondering if anyone here has tried putting a 150/80 or 160/70 rear tire on the front of their Valk. It's time for me to do something as my front ME880 150/80 is done. Any thoughts?
I am running a Bridgestone Trail Wind 150/70/17 VR on the front of my 1997 Valkyrie. I love this tire. I know, it's a dual sport that is used on a BMW rear dual sport bike. At first I regretted buying the tire until I found out that my Inflator/tire gage was off by more than 6 lbs. as soon as I checked the air with three other gages and added 7 lbs of air, I was very impressed with this tire. I know of others that have 25,000 miles on one and I had to try it out. With low air it wants to dive into a turn, the same has been said about it once you have 25,000 or so miles. It seems to "roll" as opposed to carve like my old Dunlop. I have 400 miles on it and drag the pegs till sparks fly on ramps and it holds any other front tire "IN MY OPINION" though I am not a tire expert. I AM NOT RECOMMENDING THIS TIRE OR ANY OTHER TIRE TO ANYONE. Do not under inflate this or any other front tire(ever had a flat). I am running a tad over 39 lbs. according to one of my gages and am going to add a lb. or two to see how it works.
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Post  Breeze on Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:54 am

Here is a pic of the Bridgestone tireBack Tire on the Front... Fyyifik
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Post  Doc on Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:53 am

I've have wondered about using dual sport tires on the front.

Question, Is that tread pattern noisy? hmmm

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Post  Breeze on Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:24 pm

It seems to be the same or quieter than the Dunlop it replaced. Every day I use it I like it more. It is as smooth as silk and rolls from left to right in tight turns like a gyro scope. 650+ miles on it as of now. I may buy another one before it goes up in price or gets discontinued. Later
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Post  LadyDraco on Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:25 pm

I have wondered about running a rear moto tire on my front hmmm ...
But I will NOT run one in reverse of the rotation.. I saw first hand what can happen...
(Went to a tire class @ the Dunlap plant ) affraid ...


But I have been happy with the Avon Cobra's on the front..
I like how my bikes hold the road..
I would hate to find out that I wasn't happy with a rear on the front...

Oh well carry one.....

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Post  Breeze on Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:59 pm

Not many will ever try a rear on the front and I respect the fact some stay with their conviction on MC tires. I just know that all tire mfg's could give us a tire that lasts at least 19,'000 miles. THE problem is that the same people who design MC/cruiser tires work for the people that $ell them. I am the one who rides my bike and I don't ever let anyone work on my bike unless I have to. Even then I check their work. I would never ride my bike if my conviction was that it was anything but safe. To each his own.


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Post  LadyDraco on Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:40 am

I can get from 12k- 17k from a front tire..So I need a new front twice a year..Just about...
And 35k - 45k from my rears...
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Post  roadhamr on Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:35 am

i am new to the forum and i really would like to learn more about running a rear tire on the front and understanding the argument to run the rotation backwards as well. i just bought a performance car tire for the rear of my valkyrie interstate so i am embracing the Darkside and want to know what else is out there for me.
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Post  roadhamr on Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:17 pm

Breeze wrote:
ValkRy98 wrote:Hi, folks. Just got here today (as in just discovered the site). Hey, I was wondering if anyone here has tried putting a 150/80 or 160/70 rear tire on the front of their Valk. It's time for me to do something as my front ME880 150/80 is done. Any thoughts?
I am running a Bridgestone Trail Wind 150/70/17 VR on the front of my 1997 Valkyrie. I love this tire. I know, it's a dual sport that is used on a BMW rear dual sport bike. At first I regretted buying the tire until I found out that my Inflator/tire gage was off by more than 6 lbs. as soon as I checked the air with three other gages and added 7 lbs of air, I was very impressed with this tire. I know of others that have 25,000 miles on one and I had to try it out. With low air it wants to dive into a turn, the same has been said about it once you have 25,000 or so miles. It seems to "roll" as opposed to carve like my old Dunlop. I have 400 miles on it and drag the pegs till sparks fly on ramps and it holds any other front tire "IN MY OPINION" though I am not a tire expert. I AM NOT RECOMMENDING THIS TIRE OR ANY OTHER TIRE TO ANYONE. Do not under inflate this or any other front tire(ever had a flat). I am running a tad over 39 lbs. according to one of my gages and am going to add a lb. or two to see how it works.

have you reversed the rotation of the tire? do you subscribe to this theory? thanks for the info!
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Post  Breeze on Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:17 pm

I do not personally reverse the direction of the thread. It worked fine for me the way it was designed. Great tire


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Post  LadyDraco on Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:26 pm

Breeze... What tire are you using again??
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Post  Breeze on Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:37 pm

I am running a Bridgestone Trail Wind 150/70/17 VR on the front. The description and a large picture of it is just above^
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Post  LadyDraco on Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:10 am

Hmmmm I can't find it at my dealers.. Shrug
Where are you getting it...
Also is it a radial or a bias ??

Is that what folks call a Battle Axe?
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Post  Breeze on Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:09 am

I bought mine at Motorcycle Suoerstore. Their price was about the best. I think it can be bought at a discount right now. As I stated above it is used on a BMW rear dual sport. VR means: V speed rated and R is for radial


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