Michelin quit running a dot. Their tires are less than one gram from uniform so they decided they no longer needed to apply the dot. Same with continental. Dunlop has the same uniformity but still runs a dot as do some others.Thanks for mentioning the dot though. Here's my report with two pictures (didn't pull out the harley though).
2021 KTM SMC 690 R
Stock tires are Bridgestone Battlax S21. Both have dots and the front is off by 2" and rear around 6". This thing's from Australia so you'd think they'd be spot on if it was critical.
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Replacement tires are Bridgestone Battlax S21 (on both bikes the tires say "S21R", anyone know what the "R" means?). Both front and rear have the dot and they are perfectly aligned with the valve stem. Kudos to the shop that did my mounting and balance.
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Time to clean my R1 rims again.
XL1200N - The rear Dunlop was purchased/mounted by a local shop and the dot is at the valve stem. The front tire is a Michelin and I couldn't find a dot on it.
Is it absolutely critical? Probably not. Do I have some OCD that makes it bother me? Likely.
You could check the balance on the rotors if you made a jig. It's probably just better to balance everything as an assembly. Checking each part individually, while possible, seems unnecessary.they balanced with the tyre and brake discs on it. Sorry for the question but, is there a way to balance all three parts separately?