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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-18-2019, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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Radial or Bias Ply for 1999 1500

Looking to try something other than the Elite 3s that I have. I was looking seriously at the Metzeler Me 888 Marathon Ultra Tire. Bike Bandit has the front in Radial and the rear only in Bias Ply.
I would like to know if having to different tires would be a bad thing. Also, what do most of you ride, Radial or Bias?
I would prefer to have both radial just because...that common sense thing I think.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-18-2019, 09:52 AM
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The bike was designed for Bias Ply. Some have used radials without any problems. Some have even mixed the two. There was a post a long time ago that showed a difference between radial and bias on how the bead sits on the rim. Again, these rims were designed for Bias tires. The Bias locked in, the radial almost. I would just stick with one or the other. I prefer to stay with Bias on the 1500. I have Metzeler ME 880's on my 88 now. 10K worry free miles and should get another 8-10 K out of them. There are ME 880's designed for the extra weight of the wing. Some have used the non wing rears and have had problems with them failing.

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Thanks for your quick reply.
I was looking for a thread that talked about that. Must not have looked far enough in the history.
I am thankful for your input on the Bias locking in. That is good to know.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-18-2019, 11:31 AM
A little more information here:

https://www.revzilla.com/common-trea...d-radial-tires

and:

https://www.bikebandit.com/blog/bias...s-best-for-you

" Bias-plys may have been around a lot longer, but there are still big developments being made by manufacturers in bias-ply technology as well, and some of the best tires out there for cruisers and touring bikes are undeniably bias-plys. " quote from bikebandit link.

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Also...the question of tube or no tube. I would assume that going with tubeless is preferred but I am seeing my first notions are not always correct. I would appreciate your input on this as well.

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I've been running tubeless tires on my 1500's since 1993 never any problem.

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1500's are tubeless
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Dunflop e 4' s got 20 k out of my first set bias only on the 1500
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Thanks for the update. Lots of 1500 riders say 20k is not uncommon. And yes, bias for the 1500 is what Mother Honda intended. More to do with the rim design though, as mentioned above. And yes, "tubeless" for sure.

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