Re: Question about tires
The word from Metzler listed on another forum.
From: "Metzeler B2C Moto, US"
Date: November 29, 2010 15:50:31 CST
Subject: RE: Front Tire rotation direction
Tire's have a tread pattern and tread cap (compound) orientation that is important to the safe handling of the application. Metzeler uses a ME880 tread orientation for the front tire (that is different than the rear) to promote the best possible water dispersal and to help clear a path for the rear. This tread design also helps the tire wear as evenly as possible over it's lifespan.
The construction differences between a front and rear tire are radically different in material, shape, pattern, and compound because each tire has a different function. So we can say the front tire steers, handles the big braking forces, and clears water for the rear in the wet, and the rear puts down the power and propels the bike forward.
If after checking you find the tire is actually mounted backwards then for safety sake you probably should replace it. We would suggest that contact your local Metzeler dealer and ask for assistance in this matter. Thanks for the question and have a great day.
NA Metzeler Consumer Affairs
Sugar Hill, GA
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