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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-23-2017, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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What's Up With My Tire?

Front Dunlop, stock tire.

While cleaning bugs off my bike, I noticed an arrow on my front tire that say's "Rotation".

The arrow is pointing backwards from the way the tire is mounted! (Pointing to the rear of the bike instead of the front.)

Looking at the tire treads, it seems that if it were mounted "correctly", it would force the water into the center of the tire, as opposed to letting the water out.

Any opinion on what's going on?

Does Dunlop know which way their tire should be mounted?

Manufacturing defect?
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It should be mounted with arrow pointing forward.
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It should be mounted with arrow pointing forward.
That's what I thought. but if it were mounted that way, the rain water would be forced to the center
of the tire.

The bike goes in the shop this week for it's 1st oil change and check.

Can't wait to hear the story the tech will tell.
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Farmalldanzil is correct, my Dunlops have the arrow as well and they're both pointing forward.


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The arrow should not (actually CAN NOT) be pointing forward

the arrow should be pointing in the direction that the tire rotates when the bike is moving forward.

IF the arrow is presently on the bottom of the wheel (where you parked it) it will be pointing backwards.

IF the arrow is presently at the top of the wheel then it will be pointing forward....

This is obvious to most people, but some people have trouble thinking/seeing in 3 dimensions.
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Unless the PO was running Dbl Darkside and it is a rear tire on the front.

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The arrow should not (actually CAN NOT) be pointing forward

the arrow should be pointing in the direction that the tire rotates when the bike is moving forward.

IF the arrow is presently on the bottom of the wheel (where you parked it) it will be pointing backwards.

IF the arrow is presently at the top of the wheel then it will be pointing forward....

This is obvious to most people, but some people have trouble thinking/seeing in 3 dimensions.
Good thought. It's at 2 o'clock, pointing backwards.
If it were on the bottom, it would point forwards.

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I just looked at the tires on my VS650. They are the OEM spec'd Bridgestones.

The tires are designed to be front and rear specific, but the tread pattern 'points' in the same direction for both wheels.

There may be tires with the tread pattern going in opposite directions for front and rear tires, but I dont know why that would be?

Maybe because the front is only used for braking and the rear is for both braking and acceleration?

I would think the water shedding property of the tread would be in one direction, and would be the same for both tires.

to answer the original post question: your tire is on backwards.

Unless you ride in the rain frequently, I would not worry about it, and I (personally) would not pay someone $70 to take the tire off and turn it around.
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I just looked at the tires on my VS650. They are the OEM spec'd Bridgestones.

The tires are designed to be front and rear specific, but the tread pattern 'points' in the same direction for both wheels.

There may be tires with the tread pattern going in opposite directions for front and rear tires, but I dont know why that would be?

Maybe because the front is only used for braking and the rear is for both braking and acceleration?

I would think the water shedding property of the tread would be in one direction, and would be the same for both tires.

to answer the original post question: your tire is on backwards.

Unless you ride in the rain frequently, I would not worry about it, and I (personally) would not pay someone $70 to take the tire off and turn it around.
That's the thing. As it's mounted, it would shed water.
If it were turned around & the arrow was pointing in the direction of travel, water would be forced into the center of the tread.

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