Is it ok to mix match different brand tires front and rear? will it affect anything terribly? My back tire is getting down there and I don't know if ill be able to afford the matching brand when it comes time.
i have M3 on front an Qualifier on the back... not by choice. when I get the opportunity I will have a M3 on the back as well. I needed a quick tire before a long ride an... beggar couldn't be a chooser an had to take the Qualifier
I'm pretty sure that mismatched tires will definately mess with your bikes overall handling but wouldn't make it unsafe in any way. I voted no but would suggest that you pony up the extra $$ or replace the front to match the new rear in the near future.
I voted no because i don't do it. However, tires are all made of rubber and there is nothing stopping you from picking a rear from one manufacturer because you like how it feels and then picking another brand front for the same reason.... Just use what you like, every tire will feel different to another.
These days with most tires being radial construction I don't think it would be terribly unsafe...back when bias plys were more common, mixing radial plys and bias plys could lead to some dangerous instability.
I reckon your safer matching different tires from the same manufacturer, especially if they are previous / current models. At the moment I have a Bridgestone BT-014 on the front and a BT-016 on the back. Not my choice but the bike came like that so I'll change them for matched when they wear out. Have to say though no drama's do far they seem fine ? :O
as far as i understand it, its the profile not so much the rubber compound that matters i personally would never do it, as for being a cost issue tyres brakes and riding gear are in my opinion something that should never be compromised as your life could depend on them, im sure your life is worth the extra cost, a friend once said to me if you have a £5 head wear a £5 helmet same applies to tyres as far as i see it
Ultimately, I think it's best to have matched FR & R (especially if you do majority track days &/or aggressive street riding), but I don't have any problem running different brands as long as they're a similar compound (am doing so right now, actually). Especially for "normal" street or commuting, where you're not pushing the bike 90+% all the time.
Not sure about mixing brands, but I do have Pilot Powers 2ct on the front of my sv, and the road 2 on the rear, seems good on the street, haven't done any track time on them. Actually got the idea from somebody on an sv forum when researching tire brands and types for the new rubber, plenty of folks had raved about the combo.
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