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    Front end swap tire choice

    What is the ideal tire choice for someone that has swapped to a modern front end?

    The CBR600RR front is a 120/70-17 radial.

    I understand there are no 120 130 18 or 16" radial tires on the market?

    Are there bias ply options for the cbr front rim?

    Or do you run radial front/bias rear?

    Are there problems with this? (It's the reverse configuration of most mixed tire bikes)
    1981 CX500 B(?) Shadow

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    There is a 120/90/18 radial.
    Classic Attack by Continental.

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    What you do is get a GL1100 rim, disassemble it and your CX500 comstar, and bolt the GL1100 spokes and rim to the CX500 hub. Then you can run 17" radial tires on the rear, in 130 or 140 sizes. Once you snag a rim, the cost is just for replacement bolts. (You have to drill the rivets out and the OEM bolts will be useless after removal, since they're pinned and un-bolting them destroys the bolts).

    If you do this, MARK EACH SPOKE. If you don't reassemble the spokes the same with the new hub, your rim may end up with unacceptable lateral runout.

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