I got a set of 208s twenty days ago, and this morning when I was adjusting my chain slack, I looked at the rear tire and noticed it looked somehow different, upon close inspection, I realized the arrow on the sidewall is pointing towards the back! (against forward rotation)
My Rear Tire was incorrectly installed. Now, I kinda already broke in the tire. It was my mistake for assuming the shop (Powersports of Ft. Ld. now called Motorsports of Ft. Ld.) would put it right, I should have checked the bike over, but I was pissed off because when I went to pick it up, they had a fooking waverunner leaning/touching the rear cowling and scratched the area above the rear brake lights.
Now my question is, should I go back there and raise hell?, or is it ok to ride like that until the tire wears out? I assume they don't put that arrow there for nothing, maybe the thread pattern or construction of the tire was engineered to rotate that way or something.
Check your tires and don't assume anything when somebody else works on your bike...
I called them and I will swing by there on Wed. They remember me because I did make them touch up my scratches and buff them out on the spot. The scratches were taken care of the same day.
JumperAlex is right, the patterns DO look opposite between front and back, of course on this picture, my tire is backwards so it matches
The front is installed correctly, the thread pattern does look wrong, but according to Alex that's the way they are supposed to be...
And here's the rear close up, the tire only has 600 miles on it so far, and I've only been to 105mph twice, most of my running around has been at speeds of 80mph, I'll try to push for a new tire, we'll see how that goes... I'll let you know.