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Diferent size tyres front and back is this normal?

I bought a 97 fireblade a few months ago, looking to get myself a new set of tyres, looking at the size currently on the bike, the front is a 16 (130/70) and the rear is a 17 (180/55) is this normal? should they not be the same? Looking ayt buying BT16s any one recomend a better tyre?

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That is normal, most motorcycles run different size front and rear tyres. My BMW has a 21" in the front and a 17" in the rear. The tyre you buy should match your riding style. Don't get a race tyre if all you do is communting, the tyre will wear out too quickly. Expect to pay $150 or so for a rear tyre, perhaps a little less for the front. Mounting & balancing is normally $20-$50 per tyre. Many shops will not mount a tyre you bought somewhere else, keep that in mind if you order tyres from the internet.

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Hi Helen,

This is standard (16 inch front and 17 inch rear) on the CBR 900 Fireblade models of those days. Unfortunately it costs more to change tyre's cause u cant get the special combo deals that some suppliers have going.

A tip if u do change tyres please stay with the manufactures profiles that u have, namely 70 in front and 55 at rear. Messing with these profiles is really gonna effect the handling of your bike badly when it comes to cornering. be very careful with the front wheel profile in particular, i tried a 60 front profile fitted and almost crashed out at a track day.

The bridgestone bt57 medium compound tyres i have found to be the best when it comes to handling..I swear by them.

Doug

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