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Hello Everyone. I'm new to this site and it looks great. I have a couple of questions that I could use some help on. I have a 98 900rr and was wondering if mixing brands of tires is ok or not?? Also, what do some of you suggest for tires??

Thanks and look forward to a great advice with other questions and to help when I can.
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Hello Everyone. I'm new to this site and it looks great. I have a couple of questions that I could use some help on. I have a 98 900rr and was wondering if mixing brands of tires is ok or not?? Also, what do some of you suggest for tires??

Thanks and look forward to a great advice with other questions and to help when I can.
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I wouldn't advise mixing brands of tires.

It seems that a lot of people on this forum like the MIchelin Pilot Powers, or the Pirelli Diablo Corsas. I've been thru 3 sets of Bridgestone BT012s and didn't have much to complain about. I was going to try the BT014s, but went with the Pilot Powers. I think any and all of the sport specific tires are good, it all depends on preference.
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What are you doing in Lawrence KS with a name like that?
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I know lots of people who mix tires, just be careful because some tires have different profiles then others.
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Re: Tire Choice

I have heard that as long as they are pretty close to the same compound it shouldn't matter. The problem is my front has lots of life left, but rear is done. I don't want to buy the same rear tire. (Dunlop). With gas prices going up, I think I'll sell my bike and get a moped.
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I have heard that as long as they are pretty close to the same compound it shouldn't matter. The problem is my front has lots of life left, but rear is done. I don't want to buy the same rear tire. (Dunlop). With gas prices going up, I think I'll sell my bike and get a moped.
Always a "problem" when you want to switch brands and the front tire still has tread left. But while you can ride with different brands and still get compatibility, it isn't that expensive to change both tires. How much tread do you have left on the front tire, maybe 40%?......a front tire is about $95, so you are "worrying" about $38.

As for the moped.......no comment
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Well, I decided to get a new set. Now what to get. MIchelin Pilot or Bridgestone BT14. As far as the moped, can't find any frame slider that would fit. I'll keep my bike.
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Well, I decided to get a new set. Now what to get. MIchelin Pilot or Bridgestone BT14. As far as the moped, can't find any frame slider that would fit. I'll keep my bike.
Ha Ha, on the no-moped choice.

As for the tires. I just fitted Michelin Pilot Powers, but I'm not sure I like them.
(see this thread......https://www.fireblades.org/forums/showthread.php?t=38056)
They seem a little "skittish" when upright, like riding on a knife-edge, the front end seems ultra light with little or no "feel", and then when you lean the bike they want to go the whole way. I have only ridden about 100 miles on them so won't say I don't like them yet, but I'm wondering if I might have been better sticking with the less radical BT 012s or trying the BT014s. ???!!!!!!!!!
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The problem is my front has lots of life left, but rear is done.
I have a similar situation on my 954: It's due for a new set of tyres and I find that while the rear is pretty much finished, the front still has a bit more life left in it.

What do you guys think of this idea: Fitting a Bridgestone 020 rear and 014 front? I always used to do that on my VFR800 with good results. The tyres wore out at about the same time and I had extra grip at the front (VFR standard tyres were 020 both front and rear).

Recently I fitted an 020 rear and 014 front on my Buell Firebolt which chewed up the original rear Dunlop something terrible but was quite gentle on the front tyre. It's too soon to tell how the tyres will wear but handling is fine.

I probably wouldn't have fitted such a combination to the 954 but one of my 1000RR friends has just fitted the 020 rear/014 front combination and is quite happy with the handling. A tyre guy told me that the 020 has ample grip and in any event, if a tyre is going to break free it's better if it's the rear.

What do you guys think?
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As for the tires. I just fitted Michelin Pilot Powers, but I'm not sure I like them.
Hi Allred,

I felt the same way when I first changed from Metzler M1s to Pilot Powers, in the end I spent a few weekends re-tuning the suspension to get the bike feeling the way I like it - now I love my Powers and wont change to anything else in a hurry.

Maybe some time spent rethinking your suspension set-up might help

Cheers, Spanky
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Re: Tire Choice

I've had some success on my Bandit with mixing compounds AND brands. I don't know how this would effect a more "tuned" sportbike, but my personal rule of thumb was to use a softer front, and a medium rear. This avoided pushing the front through corners.

i.e. D208 front, D205 or D220 sport touring rear.
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Hi Allred,

I felt the same way when I first changed from Metzler M1s to Pilot Powers, in the end I spent a few weekends re-tuning the suspension to get the bike feeling the way I like it - now I love my Powers and wont change to anything else in a hurry.

Maybe some time spent rethinking your suspension set-up might help

Cheers, Spanky
Spanky, I think you are right, my suspension with the Bridgestones felt about right........maybe a little soft on the front rebound, which I had been meaning to adjust........but now I may need to re-think everything and set the bike up for the much different Pilots.
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