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Old 08-31-2011, 06:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Do You Run Bias Or Radial On Your Shadow

The reason I ask is I have a tubeless Dunlop K555 bias on the rear and just ordered a Metzeler ME880 for the front---All the posts I've found, (google), say the 880 is a radial tire----Then some say it is a radial with bias ply---So am I going to have a bad match up???---Have a Metzeler LasorTech on the front now but don't know if it is bias or radial either??

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Old 08-31-2011, 08:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No, ME880 is a bias ply and I am not aware of Metzler making a radial. Usually, the sellers tell you if it is a radial; Example: Dunlop makes one I know of - the Elite series but the balance of the label are bias ply. There does not seem to be much demand for radials due to matching problems, cost and so many people running spokes requiring tubes.

The advantage of radials, as I understand it, is sidewall and contact rigidity which is is less a big deal on a round cross section tire not subject to lateral stresses like a car.
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[QUOTE=Nehalem Dave;1209171]No, ME880 is a bias ply and I am not aware of Metzler making a radial. Usually, the sellers tell you if it is a radial; Example: Dunlop makes one I know of - the Elite series but the balance of the label are bias ply. QUOTE]

Actually according to their website, Metz does make certain sizes of the ME in a radial but I have not seen one in real life. In the same idea, the Elite series from the big D is also made in both bias and radial versions.

I have the Elite 3's on my Venture and they are bias ply tires.

There is currently little call for radial motorcycle tires as few manufacturers are building bikes leaving the factory with radials on their rims and most riders are unwilling to color outside of the box to try a pair of them. Darksiders being the big exception, of course....
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I have Bridgestone Exedra Max tires. Bias in rear, radial up front. No handling problems. But I intend to replace rear with radial Exedra Max when the time comes.

I have not been given a convincing argument one way or the other, for bias or radial tires. I am simply going all radial because of a coin flip. Unless someone can convince me otherwise before then.
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No problems with this set up
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