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Mixing bias ply & radial tires
Written by shotcoy on 7/28/2010 at 03:49 pm

I am currently running a bias ply tire(Bridgestone Battlax BT45 120/80-17) on
the front of my PC. I am running a radial(BFGoodrich P155/80R-15) car tire on
the back of my PC. I currently have 13,000+ miles running a radial on the back
with a bias ply on the front. I have not had any problems/issues with this
combination. Several other coasters are running a similar combination without
any reported problems. Hundreds(if not thousands) of "Darksiders"(running a
radial car tire on the rear of a motorcycle) are also running similar setups.
Yamaha now markets their "Raider" motorcycle with a bias ply front and a radial
rear from the factory. Harley-Davidson is doing the same with their "Rocker"
model. Concerns with regards to this issue on motorcycles appear to be
unfounded(one narrow-minded man's experience and opinion). Mixing tires on 4
wheeled(or more) vehicles is a different story, as all 4 wheels are braked
simultaneously with the push of a single brake pedal. Enjoy fun and safe riding!
Dave "YT" Hoover

Message Thread for message #95377

shotcoy
7/28/2010, 03:49 pm
Mixing bias ply & radial tires
I am currently running a bias ply tire(Bridgestone Battlax BT45 120/80-17) on the front of my PC. I am running a radial(BFGoodrich P155/80R-15) car tire on the back of my PC. I currently have 13,000+ miles running a radial on the back with a

    nathan_c_harris
    7/28/2010, 05:15 pm
    Mixing bias ply & radial tires
    Man, I genuinely hate to kick this hornets nest, but I am just curious. Is this mod something that is done to reduce running costs, or is there another reason behind it? And all disclaimers apply, this is purely peoples opinions, etc., I

      shotcoy
      7/28/2010, 08:06 pm
      Mixing bias ply & radial tires
      Nathan: It appears as though you have a love/hate relationship with this topic(see post # 88695). There are a few other coasters trying radial motorcycle tires. The primary reason is to gain increased tread life, thus saving time, hassle, and

        nathan_c_harris
        7/29/2010, 02:20 am
        Mixing bias ply & radial tires
        I suppose I do, more of a curiosity I guess. I was expecting there to be an answer like it can support more weight when towing or riding 2 up. Guess not, it's just cheaper in the long run to run them. Which is cool. --- In