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Some do...some don't. I didn't. The school of thought for mounting backward is that rear tires are made for the torque of acceleration not braking so if you run it backward your applying torque in the proper direction on the tire.
 

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Because they are rear tires which are loaded on acceleration. Fronts are loaded on braking. You have to reverse it so the belts are oriented toward the load. I'm sure someone will post the statement by Metzler that tells you that you have to.
 

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because its actually a rear tire. the tread on the rear tire is designed to give you forward bite. the tread on the front is designed for the best braking. so, if you run the rear designed tire in a reverse direction your braking should be better. i hope this helps. im not an engineer or a tire expert. im just repeating what ive read 1000 times on this very forum.
that being said, im running that same setup and i extremely happy with it.:bigthumbsup:
 
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Trust us. This has been debated and discussed and disemated to death in other threads. The concensis is to do what Metzler recommends and run it in reverse. Some here seem to think the know better and are willing to ignore the warnings and risk belt seperation. I would advise you not to listen to them. but it's your bike, your life, and your choice. I'm running mine in reverse and it is working well.
 

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Some here seem to think the know better and are willing to ignore the warnings and risk belt seperation.
If you're not on the edge you're taking up to much space. You don't have to be a richard either. BTW, I run a Pirelli and they DO NOT recommend running the tire in reverse.
 

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I'd wager that they also do not recommend running a rear tire on the front.
 

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Actually they don't but do say that if you are going to run a rear tire on the front to run it in the intended direction.
 

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Maybe they make their tires differently. I wish I could find the statement from Metzler. They do specify that their rear tires should be run opposite the marking on the tire if used on the front. I think Hink has the statement.

I know when I get mine I'll do what Metzler recommends and run it in reverse.
 

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Seapups write up says Metzler/Pirelli....That's not what I was told by the Pirelli rep that actually called corporate before answering my question.
 

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Seapups write up says Metzler/Pirelli....That's not what I was told by the Pirelli rep that actually called corporate before answering my question.
Woody, I wouldn't chit you bro. I have spent hours on the phone with them. I would not lead you in the wrong direction. If you are running a rear tire on the front, it is supposed to be run in reverse. If not, this is what occurs. Just looking out for YOU. I's your choice, and your bike brother. See you in a few weeks.:bigthumbsup:

Proof That A Rear Tire Is To Be Mounted In Reverse On The Front

http://www.metzelermoto.com/web/prod...q/default.page
 

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Don't reverse it! I read that changing the direction it rotates, once mounted, is a good way to throw a belt.
 

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If you look at a Metzeler front tire, it runs the tread in the same direction as the rear tire reversed. If anyone has a 130/70 Metzeler up front, and could post a pic of it mounted in the intended direction of rotation, you'd see what I'm talking about.

-Josh
 

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If you look at a Metzeler front tire, it runs the tread in the same direction as the rear tire reversed. If anyone has a 130/70 Metzeler up front, and could post a pic of it mounted in the intended direction of rotation, you'd see what I'm talking about.

-Josh
I agree. Here is a picture of my Metz. The ONLY way to make a rear tire on the front look like this is to mount it backwards .

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