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    85 K100..BT45 rear-ME880 front?

    Any ill effects of mixing a BT45 on the rear with a ME880 on the front of my 85 K100RT?

    I need a new rear tire and would like to try the BT45. Cost is a major reason to switch brands.

    I have wore out the rear ME880 in about 6500 miles, which isn't so bad, considering I ride two up all the time. But, it appears the BT45 is about 80 bucks cheaper, and Im guessing about the same tire life.
    Mike Davis
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    There shouldn't be a problem mixing those tires.

    You will probably experience better handling and more linear turn-in due to the larger crown radius of the Bridgestone.

    But I would think you will get worse tread wear mileage due to the softer compound of the Bridgestone. Even though the Bridgestone is a dual compound tire, it is only available as a V rated tire in the correct size. I believe these tires are softer.

    I get about 3500 out of a rear BT45V 130/90-17. But the majority of my riding is in the twisties ans I ride very aggressively. But they sure do stick!

    Last edited by 98lee; 10-15-2012 at 12:24 AM.

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