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Gen4 standard rubber.

The standard rubber on my new gen4 I have been very happy with (bridgestone 016) the rear looks like it still has more life in it but the front is due to be replaced. Do you think it is ok to just replace the front or should I really do both at once. Seems strange to me to wear out a front first even though i have heard the standard front are very soft.


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If you think the stock rubber is good, you haven't ridden the bike hard.
The stock tires are terrible and I threw em out the first chance I got.
Save your cash and get something that is worth putting on a $14k superbike.
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If you think the stock rubber is good, you haven't ridden the bike hard.
The stock tires are terrible and I threw em out the first chance I got.
Save your cash and get something that is worth putting on a $14k superbike.
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The BT-016s that come on the bike are not the same as the BT-016s you buy off the rack. They are made to Kawi's specifications and are NOT very good tires.

Also, you can typically get away with just replacing one of the tires at a time as long as you stay in with the same manufacturer and tire type. If completely changing brands (Bridgestone to Dunlop/Pirelli/Mich) or type of tire (sport to sport-touring) then you really should change them both out together. The tires are designed to work in unison to have the same profile and tread pattern. The characteristics can differ greatly and affect the handling. So just be careful if you decide to do this.

I find it very odd that you've worn the front out before the rear. That to me is an indication that you've got something seriously wrong with the bike setup or the way you're riding it. The typical rule of thumb is a 2-for-1 replacement, meaning you go through 2 rear tires for every front tire. You should really look at the chassis setup, air pressure, etc. to determine the problem. Look at the way the tire is wearing out and see if you can determine where the problem is to get it corrected.

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The BT-016s that come on the bike are not the same as the BT-016s you buy off the rack. They are made to Kawi's specifications and are NOT very good tires.

Also, you can typically get away with just replacing one of the tires at a time as long as you stay in with the same manufacturer and tire type. If completely changing brands (Bridgestone to Dunlop/Pirelli/Mich) or type of tire (sport to sport-touring) then you really should change them both out together. The tires are designed to work in unison to have the same profile and tread pattern. The characteristics can differ greatly and affect the handling. So just be careful if you decide to do this.

I find it very odd that you've worn the front out before the rear. That to me is an indication that you've got something seriously wrong with the bike setup or the way you're riding it. The typical rule of thumb is a 2-for-1 replacement, meaning you go through 2 rear tires for every front tire. You should really look at the chassis setup, air pressure, etc. to determine the problem. Look at the way the tire is wearing out and see if you can determine where the problem is to get it corrected.
Thanks for the reply. I think I'll be replacing both. I found it odd as well that the front is wearing so fast. I've spoken to other riders here in Aus that have said these fronts are very soft and have experienced the same as me. It could be some thing to do with where I ride as there is a lot of fast down hill twistes. I'll fit some new rubber on both ends and see how that goes. Thanks for your input.


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Also should of mentioned 34f-36r. Tried lots of other combos but this felt the best to me.


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It could be some thing to do with where I ride as there is a lot of fast down hill twistes. I'll fit some new rubber on both ends and see how that goes.
That type of riding would contribute more towards wearing the front out faster for sure. It sounds like your tire pressures aren't the issue as that is pretty much where they should be.

Well, it sounds like you figured out which way you're going to go, so good luck with it! Oh, and putting a set of Dunlop Q2s on there will change your life!

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That type of riding would contribute more towards wearing the front out faster for sure. It sounds like your tire pressures aren't the issue as that is pretty much where they should be.

Well, it sounds like you figured out which way you're going to go, so good luck with it! Oh, and putting a set of Dunlop Q2s on there will change your life!

I'm picking up my 2nd set this weekend; bout 2.5k out of the set. As mentioned, completely transforms the bike.
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So these Q2s are they way to go. Sounds good. Excuse my lack of knowledge but can you tell me the full name of them as there is so many variations available. Thanks again for all your advice. Much appreciated.


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Different strokes for different folks... I'm currently running Q2 front BT016 rear...before that was PR3 rear Q2 front ;) Doesn't bother me


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