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Old February 12th, 2016   #1
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Default Tire speed ratings

We touched mix-matched tires the other day now I have a question on a mix of speed ratings.

H rated = 130mph
V rated = 149mph

I may end up with a set of mix-matched speed ratings for the tires on the Wing.

Anybody have any problems with running a H rated front with a V rated rear?

The Wing, 1976 model 1000cc will not be at, or near, H rated 130mph sustained speeds unless it is pitched out the door of a plane so I really seed no reason for alarm with running a H front and V rear.

What is the thinking here?


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Old February 12th, 2016   #2
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Default Re: Tire speed ratings

I would think that as long as you stayed within the rating of the least capable tire you should be fine. The rubber contact patch against the asphalt will not know any differently, the suspension on the old 'Wing will not know any differently, and the brakes will not know any differently. You will be the only part of the equation that knows the speed ratings are different.

With all of the different mismatching we have seen other folks do to their bikes, this seems rather insignificant.

Good luck. If you do crash... Then I will retract all of that.
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I would think that as long as you stayed within the rating of the least capable tire you should be fine. The rubber contact patch against the asphalt will not know any differently, the suspension on the old 'Wing will not know any differently, and the brakes will not know any differently. You will be the only part of the equation that knows the speed ratings are different.

With all of the different mismatching we have seen other folks do to their bikes, this seems rather insignificant.

Good luck. If you do crash... Then I will retract all of that.
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The suspension on the "old" Wing is not as delivered in 76.
It is highly adjustable, set for Optimum Performance, Tuned to Perfection.

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The higher speed rated tires will have a stiffer carcass construction typically, so there may be a difference in how the tires flex and move under loads such as bumps and cornering from front to rear. Handling might not be as nice, but I doubt it would be a safety concern unless you were pushing the limits.
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Older model Wings are longer than a bad dream, weigh in at slightly under a skinned water buffalo, and it's not by accident that shortly after mine were produced the Interstate model became to top seller in the Wing lineup.
Stick with the roads they were made for and handling is first rate.
That's not to say they don't like the back road but push them and they bite back aggressively.

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Default Re: Tire speed ratings

I have a 78 wing in the stable with 34000 original miles. Mine has after market front air suspension that helps tremendously with the front forks and the way the bike rides. Stop the dive that was bad on the front while you where stopping. That system could be put on any bike.That old bike loves the interstate. But loves the fuel.
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If your rear tire is ever going that much faster than your front tire, you've got bigger problems than simple handling issues...
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With all of the different mismatching we have seen other folks do to their bikes, this seems rather insignificant.

Yeah, really,... especially when you consider car tires on the rear.
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Paul,
Are the Bridegestone S11s still around? if they have them in your size for the wing you might like them, I run them on my old restored GS 850GN...Used to be available in H rate and even black wall....Ride well and good mileage from them too...
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