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I need a new front tire. I've got a Dunlop Qualifier on there now that was on the bike when I got it. I'm looking to go for the Metzeler ME880. Also, I've got a Bridgestone G526 in the rear.

I've heard that it is a good idea to match tire brands because each one responds differently. Is that true? I can't really see why it would be important, but I'm still curious.
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I've been running a Bridgestone Exedra (like originally came on my bike) on the rear and a Dunlop 404 on the front for a little over 11,000 miles now. I've noticed no detrimental behavior or dangerous handling with this combination to date. In fact, no difference has been noticed at all.

So, if there are any no-nos as to this practice, I couldn't tell you what or why it would be so. In short, I think you'll be fine mixing tire brands as long as both tires are bias ply, or both are radial. The difference in sidewall flexing between bias ply and radials is usually given as the reason for this.

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I need a new front tire. I've got a Dunlop Qualifier on there now that was on the bike when I got it. I'm looking to go for the Metzeler ME880. Also, I've got a Bridgestone G526 in the rear.

I've heard that it is a good idea to match tire brands because each one responds differently. Is that true? I can't really see why it would be important, but I'm still curious.
Get the ME880 you will be fine.


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FalseFiction1,

I've been running a Bridgestone Exedra (like originally came on my bike) on the rear and a Dunlop 404 on the front for a little over 11,000 miles now. I've noticed no detrimental behavior or dangerous handling with this combination to date. In fact, no difference has been noticed at all.

So, if there are any no-nos as to this practice, I couldn't tell you what or why it would be so. In short, I think you'll be fine mixing tire brands as long as both tires are bias ply, or both are radial. The difference in sidewall flexing between bias ply and radials is usually given as the reason for this.
Do you know if the Exedra is bias ply or radial? I can't find much of anything anything about them.
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Get the ME880 you will be fine.
I'm thinking about it. I'm also considering just replacing both. The Bridgestone Exedra G526 on the rear has about 7,000 miles on it, so it would be a bit early...
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I'm thinking about it. I'm also considering just replacing both. The Bridgestone Exedra G526 on the rear has about 7,000 miles on it, so it would be a bit early...
Here ya go!! 110/90-19 front 170/80-15 rear

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Our bike uses Bias Ply tires, You should not use Radial tires on it at all.
Suspension components and steering geometry are configured differently for Radial tires as opposed to Bias Ply.

Although most tire makers will say to use tires that are "matched" given the size of the Vulcan tires and the design , I doubt you will find any tires that won't work together. We got folks sticking car tires on the rear for gods sake, so buy what you can afford when you need it.

I would suggest avoiding any front tires with straight grooves running down the center, as these tend to follow cracks/raingrooves/grating and can cause nasty wiggles.

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I would suggest avoiding any front tires with straight grooves running down the center, as these tend to follow cracks/raingrooves/grating and can cause nasty wiggles.

KM
For sure. The ones that I have now have those grooves. You could say I have been surprised a few times with the way the bike goes when you hit cracks.
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