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Old 02-09-2008, 05:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Using car tires on your bike

Anyone here using car tires on their bikes ? I know a lot of the Honda guys are doing it but haven't seen any mention of it here. They say the tires last longer, cost half the price but don't handle quite as well on corners. They say you get used to it and it isn't a problem.

Who is going to be the first to say "You spent 20k on a bike why can't you sepnd $200 on a tire"
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Old 02-09-2008, 06:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There is a reason why they ride Honda's. Car tires are for cars; motorcycle tires are for motorcycles. Sure they handle different, they are flat on the bottom and not curved like motorcycle tires. Cars do not have to lean into corners like motorcycles do. You counter steer on a bike and steer in a car. Nuff said. Its your life.
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My azz is worth more than a couple bucks savings. The Honda guys aren't right in the head. I'm sure the medical bills from a lay down will more than use the savings on tires.
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My azz is worth more than a couple bucks savings. The Honda guys aren't right in the head. I'm sure the medical bills from a lay down will more than use the savings on tires.
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It makes no sense at all to me.
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:23 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I will say it you spent 20k on a bike.......... you can buy a good set of tires online for between 200-250 depending on your preference, I just got mine mounted and balanced for 20 bucks each, took them on and off myself total cost was around 275 I forget the exact numbers, and I got to clean the wheels on a table not on the bike. Not worth risking my life for.
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Old 02-09-2008, 09:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Many, many years ago before shovels were even around, it was fairly common practice to run a VW tire on the rear of knucklehead or panhead choppers. We were young and didn't have much in the way of money. It's not something I'd even attempt today though. As others have said, it's one squirrelly ride in fast, tight corners.
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Not a smart choice, car tires are not constructed to handle the same stresses as a bike tire, and as mentioned before they will make your bike handle like a piece of crap.
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Asking about car tires on bikes seems to be worse than asking an oil opinion. Couple of comments. In the "old days" Harleys came with car like tires and it seemed to work just fine. Boss Hoss used car tires on the back for years without trouble. I've got a couple of friends who ride Valkyries with car tires and love them. When I had my Valk I tried the car tire and hated it.
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Old 02-09-2008, 10:23 AM   #9 (permalink)
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.....Anyone here using car tires on their bikes ? I know a lot of the Honda guys are doing it but haven't seen any mention of it here.........
Like everybody here has said "not a smart" idea. Automotive tires are flat on the bottom and the side walls aren't designed for the cornering that you'd do on a motorcycle.

You want to hear it mentioned here I'll mention it. I Do run an automotive type tire on a Harley....with a sidecar. Now that's a totally different kind of riding or driving in this case. With the normal motorcycle tire on the sidehack rig it will eventually flatten out the center of the tire because you DON'T lean the bike in turns, you steer/drive it, thus use an automotive tire. I have two complete rear wheel, brake rotor, sprocket and tire setups for my bike. One with an automotive tire when I'm riding with the sidehack and one with a Dunlop Elite when I pull the hack off.

The only other time I've EVER ran automotive tires is like Ed Y said, Model A and VW tires back in the day.

Putting it plainly automotive tires are NOT engineered for a motorcycle...

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I drive a hack also (roadking/spyder) and am thinking of using a car tire text change ... What size tires mount to Harley 16" rims?

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wait a minute

if they changed the "compound", bike tires could last

a lot longer. I wish we could put some influence on tire co's.

Get em to make better product. Right now, they flippin us the bird!
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Texan: ...I drive a hack also (roadking/spyder) and am thinking of using a car tire text change ... What size tires mount to Harley 16" rims? Thanks - Wally
Wally, you have to go with a 15" rim on the rear. Perelli and Bridgestone make a 15" tire that is narrow and tall.

I have a 15" CNC wheel that was made for one of our guys..don't remember who he said cut it out for him. We pulled it off a bike he sold and I snagged it.

Was told the other day that there are a couple more tire makers that are making tall 15" tires but haven't been able to find out who. Also was told that a couple of those people are also making 16" tires...but again, no find yet.

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We have a shop bike that was designed to run a car tire on the back. More pics here .... http://www.bigboyzheadporting.com/showthread.php?t=110

It may get updated for a wide motorcycle tire this year. They weren't available when the bike was built.


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Texan: ...I drive a hack also (roadking/spyder) and am thinking of using a car tire text change ... What size tires mount to Harley 16" rims? Thanks - Wally
Wally, you have to go with a 15" rim on the rear. Perelli and Bridgestone make a 15" tire that is narrow and tall. Also

I have a CNC wheel that was made for one of our guys..don't remember who he said cut it out for him. We pulled it off a bike he sold and I snagged it.

Was told the other day that there are a couple more tire makers that are making tall 15" tires but haven't been able to find out who. Also was told that a couple of those people are also making 16" tires...but again, no find yet.

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if they changed the "compound", bike tires could last

a lot longer. I wish we could put some influence on tire co's.

Get em to make better product. Right now, they flippin us the bird!
Yup....they can make MC tires that last much longer.....they just won't ride or handle at all well. Any tire, car or bike, can be made hard enough to give fantastic mileage, but do you really want it? I don't.
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