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The Difference Between Front & Rear Motorcycle Tires

Unlike cars, motorcycle tires must be different for the front and the rear of the bike. Why? They've been specifically engineered to achieve different goals dependent upon tire location and its purpose in overall performance. 

Rear Tires

Flat profile to provide majority of acceleration and stability.

Carry the majority of bike's weight; special design elements assist in keeping you upright and stable.

Rear tires don't turn, making them subject to the bike's lean. Because of this, the rear tire must be sturdier and flatter.

Front Tires 

Designed to withstand braking stress, this tire provides up to 80% of your stopping power, as opposed to the rear, which is designed for acceleration.

Triangular in shape creates better handling.

Thinner tread to create better grip and feel with the ground. 

Take a Look!

To illustrate, let's compare using the Shinko 230 Tour Master tires:

Shinko 230 Tour Master - Front

Shinko 230 Tour Master Front Tire

Shinko 230 Tour Master - Rear

Shinko 230 Tour Master Rear Tire

You can also tell a veThe same goes for several other brands, like Metzeler Sportec M-3 tires:

Metzeler Sportec M3 - Front

Metzeler Sportec M3 Front Motorcycle Tire

Metzeler Sportec M3 - Rear 

Metzeler Sportec M3 Rear Motorcycle Tire

Rotation, Rotation, Rotation

Mount your tires in accordance with manufacturer instructions for rotation direction, as well. Each tire's sidewall has an arrow indicating the direction in which the tire must be rotated. Tires are shaped and weighted in accordance with recommended rotation direction. Ignoring this will cause uneven wear and place unnecessary strain on your bike's performance. If a tire includs both directional arrows and is specifically marked as dual-rotation, only then is it acceptable. 

Prices may differ, but don't skimp on safety and performance for short-term monetary gain. 

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