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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-09-2019, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone have a car tire on your road glide? If so how do you like it? Would you recommend putting one on? What size would i need to get on a 2015.? Thanks for any info
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Handling in turns would suck I think. Would insurance companies still cover with an unauthorized tire on bike?


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Handling in turns would suck I think. Would insurance companies still cover with an unauthorized tire on bike?
I run a huge Facebook group specifically for baggers and the topic of CT's and these concerns comes up repeatedly. Giving a car tire a test run to gain firsthand experience, and I've been running them ever since. Initially it was a little different, requiring a different push into turns but leaning a bike is a matter of balance and you quickly overcome and adapt to the new requirements. I don't go around recommending car tires, but I'll share my experience which includes many more miles per tire, great handling, softer ride and nothing negative.

Handling in curves doesn't "suck", it's just different for obvious reasons. Take the first 500 miles to adjust to the different tire dynamics. It doesn't take much to become accustomed to them.

I've had 2 experiences with insurance (Progressive) and they've been great. They did notice but never asked about the car tire; they simply calculated whether a back rim and/or tire is needed and will award you the cost of having that replacement done as if you were at a HD dealership. Now, you have two choices for repair work; if they cut you that check direct then you could easily have a local independent shop (that you confirmed will install that car tire for you) do all the repairs, and if your damaged bike is towed to a H-D dealership then they will simply remove your CT off and replace it with a HD motorcycle tire. Both my rear CT and front motorcycle tires are balanced with beads. I've tried a balancer/sealing compound called RideOn before but found the tire ran unbalanced for longer periods during cold weather until the sealant heated up enoughto spread out and balance. I didn't like being forced to ride slow for a couple of miles so switched to ceramic beads a couple of years ago. I used a tire size calculator then picked a 190 width tire filled with 28 lbs air.
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I've been running a car tire for 3 seasons and I have zero complaints with it. I use a 195/55/15 with the RideOn tire balancer/sealer. As Eisblade said, it is a slightly different ride but it's nothing that you cant get used to within a few miles. I was riding my like my normal self within a few miles. My buddy's never knew I had a car tire on the bike until I told them and they actually saw it. As far as the insurance part of it goes, I haven't had to deal with that yet so I cant speak about it. I will say though, most of the nay sayers that despise the mention of a car tire and motorcycle's in the same conversation have NEVER actually tried it. It took me a couple years to actually give it a try because I was like those nay sayers. Well, it came time for another new tire so I figured i'd give it a try. I'm glad I did.

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What's the name of the fb group you run?

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Just curious, how many miles do you normally get out of those tires?


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I've been running a car tire for 3 seasons and I have zero complaints with it. I use a 195/55/15 with the RideOn tire balancer/sealer. As Eisblade said, it is a slightly different ride but it's nothing that you cant get used to within a few miles. I was riding my like my normal self within a few miles. My buddy's never knew I had a car tire on the bike until I told them and they actually saw it. As far as the insurance part of it goes, I haven't had to deal with that yet so I cant speak about it. I will say though, most of the nay sayers that despise the mention of a car tire and motorcycle's in the same conversation have NEVER actually tried it. It took me a couple years to actually give it a try because I was like those nay sayers. Well, it came time for another new tire so I figured i'd give it a try. I'm glad I did.
What's the deal with the 15" ? Isn't your rear rim a 16" ?

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I've been running a car tire for 3 seasons and I have zero complaints with it. I use a 195/55/15 with the RideOn tire balancer/sealer. As Eisblade said, it is a slightly different ride but it's nothing that you cant get used to within a few miles. I was riding my like my normal self within a few miles. My buddy's never knew I had a car tire on the bike until I told them and they actually saw it. As far as the insurance part of it goes, I haven't had to deal with that yet so I cant speak about it. I will say though, most of the nay sayers that despise the mention of a car tire and motorcycle's in the same conversation have NEVER actually tried it. It took me a couple years to actually give it a try because I was like those nay sayers. Well, it came time for another new tire so I figured i'd give it a try. I'm glad I did.
I'm guessing with the 124" . You're gonna buy a lot of car tires.

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What's the deal with the 15" ? Isn't your rear rim a 16" ?
yeah fat fingered the keyboard. It is a 16

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I'm guessing with the 124" . You're gonna buy a lot of car tires.
Lol. My car tire only cost me $67. as opposed to a $300 or so bike tire so I wouldn't be so upset if I had too lol. I'll tell you what though, It hooks up great with the wider tread lol
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