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    mixing tires

    I'm a fan of Continental Motion tires

    $160 for BOTH tires and about 10K+ mileage. ($100 to have them mounted and balanced.) (May 2018)

    I observe that the rear tire ALWAYS shows metal cords first. It wears out well ahead of the front tire, sooo...

    I'm thinking of putting something on the rear (Michelin Power 3 maybe) that will last a little longer.

    The goal, here, is to have both tires wear out at the same time AND to keep the cost as low as possible.

    Two Questions:

    1) does it matter if one mixes tires that way?
    2) can anyone recommend a dissimilar combination?

    I'll stay with the Conti Motion on the front and try different tires on the back to see which wears out at about the same time as the front. That kind of research will take a lot of time.
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    Michelin Commander II has a good long wear reputation.

    What sizes of those will fit the NC?

    120/90-17 is OK for the front? ($172.72)

    160/70B-17 is OK for the rear? ($190.64)

    Stupidly expensive, though. May be out of the running just for that.
    Together, that's a $500 set of tires!

    $260 for the Conti Motion (tires + mount) = 10,000 miles
    $500 for Commander 2 (tires + mount) = ????

    the commaders would have to be in the 20,000 mileage range to be worth it.
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    I’m switching over from Conti Motion to Shinko Raven. I currently have a mismatched set and it works fine. However I wouldn’t mix a street tire with a trail tire.

    Since I mount my own tires, I change them when needed and I don’t try to do the set together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 670cc View Post
    I’m switching over from Conti Motion to Shinko Raven. I currently have a mismatched set and it works fine. However I wouldn’t mix a street tire with a trail tire.

    Since I mount my own tires, I change them when needed and I don’t try to do the set together.
    I'll go and read about the Shnko Ravens. Thank you.
    Nope. Wouldn't mix the street tires with the offroad variety.
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    The rule is : don't put softer tires on the rear. Why? Because if you loose grip, better be rear than front. Loosing rear usually comes with warnings, front less so.

    Also tires have different shapes, mixing may create weird handling. Some are V shaped (provide agility) and other O (more progressive on the angle).

    Personally I do not mix tires, and I avoid using them down to metal thread (there is a gage for good reason).

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    Since rear tires wear more quickly than front tires I strive to replace the rear 2 to 1 with the front. Sometimes it even works out. If you're seeing cords you're riding a thousand miles to far.

    That's a sure way of getting a flat a long way from home or a garage/bike shop.

    It's written in Murphy's Law for Rider's. #1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StratTuner View Post

    What sizes of those will fit the NC?

    120/90-17 is OK for the front? ($172.72)

    160/70B-17 is OK for the rear? ($190.64)
    Those are not the size tires specified for the motorcycle. They have different aspect ratios than the specified tires. The specified front tire is 120/70 and the rear 160/60. The tires you list are 120/90 & 160/70. they have higher height to with ratio than the spec'd tires, giving a taller, narrower profile that would make the bike handle differently and not in a good way. Unless you're getting tires for a different application, such as primarily dirt riding, I wouldn't get tires that differ much from the maker's size specification.

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    I have switched to the Shinko Ravens-they were good at KSL and on some of the wet roads. I switched to the Shinko Ravens is due to they have thread in the middle-thus, wear indicators in the middle. The Motion Pros do not have thread directly in the middle, thus no wear indicators in the middle-where most tires wear out. I would check and they would look good, go ride 200 miles and cords would be showing. The Shinko Ravens are about same price as the Motion Pros. Don't know how long they will last-probably wont know until next year-as I have 2 bikes I ride and ride both about the same # of miles each year. The Shinko Ravens have the OEM tire sizes for the NC700x.
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    Anyone try the Avon trailriders? They've got green boys seal of approval just looking for some kind of consensus

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    Based on advice from the good forum members, I think I'm going to abandon mixing tires.

    New Plan:
    NC700X: Shinko Ravens
    FJR1300: Michelin Pilot Power 3

    no mixing or using odd sizes.
    should get at least 10K from each set of tires.
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