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How do I tell the difference between a radial or a bias tire?

I've looked the tire's over and don't see anything that would tell me one way or the other,what am I missing.

On one it does say BELTED and thats it.

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you DON"T want to put radials on your 1500

the tire size will say 180/60-R16 the r is for radiall doesn't have an "r' not radial
 

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Look at the code for tire size, it is a series of numbers such as

P265/70R 16

The R in that string means radial, if it is not radial there will not be an R in the tire size.

Hope this helps.
 

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Thanks for the quick help guys,I wasn't considering radials ,just didn't know how to tell the difference.
Thanks again.
 

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OK, so what is the difference between a radial and bias besides the number or letter?
 

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ccsailor wrote:
you DON"T want to put radials on your 1500
Why not? I have Bridgestone radials on mine.
 

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SpiderBob wrote:
OK, so what is the difference between a radial and bias besides the number or letter?
The way the belts are laid and formed on the mold .
 

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Kit Carson wrote:
SpiderBob wrote:
OK, so what is the difference between a radial and bias besides the number or letter?
The way the belts are laid and formed on the mold .
Doesn't answer whyyou can'thave radials on?
 

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If I understand right, the "r" on motorcycle tires is different than the "r" on car/van/truck tires?

The "r16" on a car tire is the RIM size.
 

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:waving:Radials are a wider tire. They are constructed differently and on some bike create a dangerous situation with contact and rubbing on things like the swing arm, wheel well and other parts of the bike.

If a bike is originally designed for bias ply, best to stick to them, as the radial tires are wider, and in some models much wider. So you have clearance issues.

For the 1500 Shinko is making a radial specifically for it. Have never seen one up close, but has to be a specially laid tire, a bit narrower than most, as the rims are the same for radial or bias.

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Ut Rider wrote:
If I understand right, the "r" on motorcycle tires is different than the "r" on car/van/truck tires?

The "r16" on a car tire is the RIM size.
The R denotes a radial tire, they just place it next to the rim diameter. But it denotes a radial tire.


From Tire Technical Talk

Construction - This indicates how the how the tire was put together and will say much about the tires handling characteristics.

R indicates the tire is a radial type tire.

B indicates the tire is a bias ply type tire.
 

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Kit Carson wrote:
:waving:Radials are a wider tire. They are constructed differently and on some bike create a dangerous situation with contact and rubbing on things like the swing arm, wheel well and other parts of the bike.

If a bike is originally designed for bias ply, best to stick to them, as the radial tires are wider, and in some models much wider. So you have clearance issues.

For the 1500 Shinko is making a radial specifically for it. Have never seen one up close, but has to be a specially laid tire, a bit narrower than most, as the rims are the same for radial or bias.

Kit
There ya go right from the tire guru himself ( sorry couldn't find a darkside emoticom) :dude:
 
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