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Please tell me i'm seeing things OR dont matter direction.Pictures of my newly mounted front tire...according to the
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tread/rim ,did they mount it BACKWARDS??Maybe it could go either way(?) long as the tread pattern goes "forward"????Please left or right pic correct way??
 

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Please tell me i'm seeing things OR dont matter direction.Pictures of my newly mounted front tire...according to the View attachment 213857 View attachment 213858

tread/rim ,did they mount it BACKWARDS??Maybe it could go either way(?) long as the tread pattern goes "forward"????Please left or right pic correct way??
Top wheel position is ok when bike is riding from left to right. If there is an arrow on the tire it should point in a clockwise direction.
 

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Top wheel position is ok when bike is riding from left to right. If there is an arrow on the tire it should point in a clockwise direction.
If you zoom in on the picture, you will find the little arrow pointing in the right direction.
 

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HOW MUCH does direction matter?
On April 29 2021 I had two new tires mounted, Pirelli Night Dragon. By the dealer where I had bought my 2003 1800s in 2010.
Two days later I started Denver - Key West - Bangor Maine - Denver, 7200 miles over the next four weeks.
Back home I went to the dealer for an oil change. He told me then that they discovered the tires were mounted the wrong direction, with me not even knowing that there was a preferred direction. I asked what problems there could be. I was told that this could make riding in rain more dangerous. I probably did at least 500 miles in pouring rain. No problems though.
So here the question again: HOW MUCH does direction matter?
 

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I know about the direction arrow on the tire.I'm talking about mounting,is there a arrow on the rim to correspond with the tire arrow?This shop normally isnt Motorcycle service,but I figured they could mount a tire!!
 

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I know about the direction arrow on the tire.I'm talking about mounting,is there a arrow on the rim to correspond with the tire arrow?This shop normally isnt Motorcycle service,but I figured they could mount a tire!!
HOW MUCH does direction matter?
On April 29 2021 I had two new tires mounted, Pirelli Night Dragon. By the dealer where I had bought my 2003 1800s in 2010.
Two days later I started Denver - Key West - Bangor Maine - Denver, 7200 miles over the next four weeks.
Back home I went to the dealer for an oil change. He told me then that they discovered the tires were mounted the wrong direction, with me not even knowing that there was a preferred direction. I asked what problems there could be. I was told that this could make riding in rain more dangerous. I probably did at least 500 miles in pouring rain. No problems though.
So here the question again: HOW MUCH does direction matter?
as far as I know, the tread pattern diverts water on the road back and to the sides. If the wheel is placed incorrectly, then the water will be discharged forward and the effect of hydroplaning may occur - this is when the wheel rises above the water layer and loses traction. But this must be preceded by high speed.
 

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I know about the direction arrow on the tire.I'm talking about mounting,is there a arrow on the rim to correspond with the tire arrow?This shop normally isnt Motorcycle service,but I figured they could mount a tire!!
I just learned there is an arrow on the rim but you can also look at the design of the openings and compare it to the rear wheel. The openings should point in the same direction, if not that would look stupid....
 

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In my opinion, when a FRONT tire has a chevron pattern, the correct way to mount the tire for best water shedding is so that the wet track that the tire leaves on the pavement is an arrow pointing forward. The cast wheels for the VTX have “spokes” that lean back compared to the direction of rotation. This gives a much better look as compared to the reverse, in which the slanted spoke would appear to be scooping up the ground.
 

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Please tell me i'm seeing things OR dont matter direction.Pictures of my newly mounted front tire...according to the View attachment 213857 View attachment 213858

tread/rim ,did they mount it BACKWARDS??Maybe it could go either way(?) long as the tread pattern goes "forward"????Please left or right pic correct way??
The manufacturer put the arrow on there for a reason. Yes it matters.
 

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....is always good to have. Esp. in a tire. Most will be smart enough to ignore the factory specs and start @ 38-40 psi and adjust + or - from there.
 
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