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Tires-Hard or Soft

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I just put a new Shinko on the rear of my 650 Burg. The max pressure recommended was 42 psi. I put it up there after seating the bead and the reduced to 40. Feels a little hard in the ride. I was wondering though if it is too hard for safe cornering at speed. Should I let out some air? I did notice that in the few curves I was able to get to during a trial run of 20 miles, the bike really dug into the curves on the rear but felt like it was trying to go into them too quick and heading for the inside. Is this just the new tread doing a better job than the old tire or is it too hard? Any ideas? :?
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Steve D UK said:
Have you removed an OE recommended radial tyre and replaced it with a bias belted one? If so, it could be because you are mixing tyre types. Suzuki recommended radial tyres, front and rear, for a reason I suppose.
I don't think I did because the tire has the 160x60R size. I assumed the R meant Radial even though it doesn't spell it out like the Bridgestones do. Comments? Did I mess up?
Thanks Steve D. I think from reading the comments in both 400 and 650 forums that I am experiencing the new tire grab feel. The rear seems to grab the corners really good but I must steer a little in the front to make it lead the way. Probably should have paid more attention before I bought this tire and also put one on the front for a more balanced handling situation. Next front tire will be with a Shinko though. I like the better grab on the rear and the price. And I am practicing my technique for mounting and balancing. Oh by the way...Dyna Beads really do work well for simple balancing. I think I will stick with them also. :thumbup:
After a little over 200 miles on the new bias ply on the rear, it feels great. Handling in all conditions has improved. It is either me getting used to the new tire or the new tire getting broken in. Or maybe both. At any rate, a bias in the rear and radial in the front is not bad. Going bias in the front and radial in the rear has already been spoken well of also. I guess you can mix and match fairly safely on the Burgman.
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