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I have searched and read alot about this and have decided to give it a try but have a couple of questions.

Bias or radial? Does it make a difference?

Is there a tire NOT to get? Going with a 195/60-16.

Putting a Michellin Commander II on the front.

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I dunno man. There are pros and cons to everything and according to everyone but the main one I always see consistently repeated and common to everyone is that bike tires and car tires are designed and engineered for either a bike or a car and that handling and cornering are the main risks associated with the sidewall differences. Wish you success regardless and let us know how you are doing with it.

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I have searched and read alot about this and have decided to give it a try but have a couple of questions.

Bias or radial? Does it make a difference?

Is there a tire NOT to get? Going with a 195/60-16.

Putting a Michellin Commander II on the front.
Radial works fine for me.Other than fitment problems with a few using the 205 tire I haven't heard of any "stay away from this tire note". I'm using the Dunlap SP 5000 and like it very much. But if I ever ware this one out I Will go with the Yokohama 195/60/16 only because it has 12/32 tread depth. Yes let us know how it all turns out.

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My size is same as Davids.... I have ran CT's for decades on at least one of my motorcycles. The one I use to go on long road trips.... Never had a problem. But I have never had a problem with a standard MC tire other than I have worn out a set in 25 and 31 days before. Gets very expensive changing MC tires every two months...

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Nobody addressed the mixing of radial and bias ply. My dealer would not put a CT on the rear with my original front tire. They would do it begrudgingly if I change the front to radial.
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Nobody addressed the mixing of radial and bias ply. My dealer would not put a CT on the rear with my original front tire. They would do it begrudgingly if I change the front to radial.
I used the same size ct you are using with original tire on front then changed the front to the mich 2, there was absolutely no change in handling of the bike. Just a note...when i first went ds i could not detect any difference in handing not even in groved roads.

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Nobody addressed the mixing of radial and bias ply. My dealer would not put a CT on the rear with my original front tire. They would do it begrudgingly if I change the front to radial.
Has the rear tire chang out already been done now?


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I used the same size ct you are using with original tire on front then changed the front to the mich 2, there was absolutely no change in handling of the bike. Just a note...when i first went ds i could not detect any difference in handing not even in groved roads.
George, what brand, model and size tire did you use?
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I have a Yokohama Avid 195/60/16 on mine. I tried a 205 but it was just a hair too big. Will not go back to a MC tire. I do alot of interstate driving 200 a day and was wearing out MC tires every 2 to three months. I also have a MIchelin Commander II on the front.

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