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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 21st, 2012, 8:32 pm Thread Starter
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Car Tire On Bike? (AKA the dark side)

This is something I would not consider doing, however it appears many have. I get questions every week regarding this practice, but cannot share any concrete evidence .
There are lots of arguments/infor on the forums. The problem is that everything has a nebulous base. One set are people who have put car tires on their bikes and point to the fact that they haven't crashed, yet. This does not verify the safety of the practice. I know a lot of unskilled riders who haven't crashed, but that does not make them safe riders.
The other set are people like myself that have not done this so we cannot really offer opinion without evidence to back it up.

So , has anyone out there come across any studies, tests or research on the issue? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 22nd, 2012, 2:35 am
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I suppose if your going down and back on the boulevard it would be fine....I cant think of any "real" bike that could even consider or even able to use a car tire.
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i think that if it was designed to use car tire;s it would come with them ,i think it's stupid and would'nt trust my ass with it nor would i try it!!!

i've spent most my money on bike's boat's and broad's the rest i've wasted..
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 22nd, 2012, 8:04 am
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You get questions every week? I'm amazed at that. I think you'll not get very many responses to this here only because there is so little interest. I guess if you're on a big, heavy bike and all you're doing is slabbing it from one coast to the other there might be some benefit, but it just seems to me that a motorcycle has so much more to offer that a car tire would restrict me from.
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I met a guy over here in the UK who was riding a Triumph Rocket 111 with car tyres. I asked why and he said he did mainly Motorway riding and could get over 20K miles from the Tyres, as opposed to about 3K miles out of a rear. I said, "OK, but what about corners"?, Yep, he said, takes gettng used to, you cant lean like normal. Umm, sorry, dont get it.

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Always controversial them, on other more rambunctious forums the guys putting the idea forward and using them sure get a beating. Apparently they can make a bike good in the snow if you choose a winter thread.

Went in the darkside site finally, meant to do that for a while and checked the database. But for one BMW ,a Montauk and I think that's a cruiser, just about everything else is big cruisers. Then checking the column on "riding style" looks like there is way more Harley guys describing their riding as "aggressive" than amongst the metric cruisers.

From a recent experience,and a few old ones, the aggressive ones also get pissed off easy and will give you much dirty looks or race their engines with much aggressive noises if you meet them again on the ferry or at the gas station after blowing past them earlier up in the mountains. Not always good that aggressiveness when you can't control it. Needs to be used wisely with proper tires.

They should have columns for "Type of roads", "Max lean angle of the bike" and "average GPS speeds" over time and maybe one for them aggressive guys on "Burnouts"

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Yamaha RD 200 at 16
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Aren't car tires meant to be used in the upright position only.
Motorcycle tires meant to used at lean angles as well.

I wonder what 2tall would have said to a post like this...

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Aren't car tires meant to be used in the upright position only.
Motorcycle tires meant to used at lean angles as well.

I wonder what 2tall would have said to a post like this...
FU$#*^* idiots?...Whats he up to anyway....He was goin through some tough health battles wasn't he?
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You get questions every week? I'm amazed at that. I think you'll not get very many responses to this here only because there is so little interest. I guess if you're on a big, heavy bike and all you're doing is slabbing it from one coast to the other there might be some benefit, but it just seems to me that a motorcycle has so much more to offer that a car tire would restrict me from.
Thanks, my bias is against the practice although I've never actually tried it , so I disconnect myself from arguing the issue. My need for information on the subject is directly connected with my responsibility to the rider training community and the students we serve.
Monthly, I have exposure to 40 to 60 riders of all persuasions, ability levels and approaches to motorcycling. I want to be as educated as possible on the issue.
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Mexico ?

And where do people do this ? If there is no other option I would try a auto tire on my bike . Well the cobination - patches work well on the tire I put them in , after my initial patch I picked up another screw in the rear , with no balance the tyres still run with-out noticable problems very smooth "angels " .
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