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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-21-2017, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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Front Tire Installed Backwards

Last fall I replaced the front tire on my K9. The local Yamaha shop is willing to install a car tire I bring in on the rear (some won't) so I always buy my front tire from them. This time they suggested a Michelin City Grip so I went along. Immediately, I found I seriously disliked the tire. First, it was incredibly noisy when going over 50 mph. I mean seriously loud. Next it produced a very healthy oversteer effect when making corners under 40 mph. I thought I would get use to it by I didn't. This spring I pulled the front wheel to check the valves and decided while I had it off I was going to have it replaced - disliked it that much.

I am ashamed to admit it but I really hadn't looked too close at the tire. When I when to load it in the truck I looked at the rotation direction indicator on the tire. I was puzzled - never seen this type of marking before (see Photo). In my experience the ARROW points to the direction of rotation. But on this tire behind the arrow is the word FRONT. Does that mean the arrow should point to the front of the bike? In this case if the arrow and word Front are positioned at the "bottom" of the tire, where the word Front is right side up, the Arrow is pointing to the rear. Obviously, it positioned at the top the arrow would be point correctly but the word would be upside down. WHAT THE *^#%(*!!

Took it back to the shop and they looked at it and weren't sure either which way was correct. I told them to turn it around and lets see what happens.

Much to my surprise - PROBLEMS SOLVED! No more noise or oversteering. I am shocked it made that much difference. And appalled I had not looked closer before!
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Yep. Some tires are "directional". They need to be installed one way only.


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The arrow always points to the direction of rotation. Front refers to the mounting position on the bike. Front tire marked front and rear marked rear. There is no up or down on a rim only right and left.
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The arrow always points to the direction of rotation. Front refers to the mounting position on the bike. Front tire marked front and rear marked rear. There is no up or down on a rim only right and left.
Yes, Quite right Skunk, Indeed on a tire there is no Front or Back or Top or Bottom. The word FRONT means that it goes on the FRONT OF THE BIKE. The arrow does always point in the direction of rotation.

Here is what is not clear, the OP posted the pic of the tire with the arrow. However, I don't know if we are looking at the left side or from thew right side, as mounted on the bike. That would make all the difference.

So my question to the OP is, was the tire first mounted so that the arrow turned in the direction of rotation? Not Front or Rear or Top or Bottom, but in the direction of rotation as the bike moves forward?

At any rate, you got it fixed. so now you learned to keep your perspective in focus.
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FWIW - Michelin City Grips have another indicator labeled "Rotation -->" marked periodically around the tire, on the tread surface, right at the junction of the sidewall and the tread surface. You have to look very closely to see it. Oddly enough, it points in the same direction as the arrow you picture on the sidewall. I never noticed the sidewall marker on the front tire but I have noticed it on the rear. Happily the rear tire rotation indicator, sidewall arrow and tire position all point towards/indicate directions that make sense.

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If you look at matching set of tires the front tires tread pattern is typically the reverse of the rear when mounted properly.
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