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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-12-2018, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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I will probably get beat up here, but I am looking into putting a car tire on the rear. looking for real answers not the normal BS thank in advance.
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Do you have any other info to provide? Any particular size that you've researched or are hoping to go with?


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With a post like that I think you will get a lot of BS, just sayin.. What year bike, what size tire, and most of all WHY?
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I rode an 11 Electra that had been pushed to the dark side. On the slab it was fine, and on secondary roads and twisties of a ridge it was fine, at posted speeds. On the second ridge I pushed it harder and it would pick up a rear wobble when I added power in a hard lean. The owner never really pushed it in the turns, so he never experienced it. Last I checked he was at 20K miles and the tire was showing a lot of edge wear. The one thing that alarmed me was that after pushing it for about 10 miles, it was so hot I could smell it when I stopped.

The tire was a 195/55R-16 Dunlop. Don't recall the actual family.

This car tire on back thing seems to work really well for people who ride a lot of slab and keep to the posted limits on secondary roads.


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I will probably get beat up here, but I am looking into putting a car tire on the rear. looking for real answers not the normal BS thank in advance.
People swear by this and have been doing it for years, only problem I would be concerned with is, Insurance company denying a claim for running a car tire on a bike also no reputable shop will mount it.


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People swear by this and have been doing it for years, only problem I would be concerned with is, Insurance company denying a claim for running a car tire on a bike also no reputable shop will mount it.
That's what stopped me from doing it, If I had to have a shop work on the bike on the road, they would of passed when they seen the car tire.

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Yea, seems like a common practise for those that stay on the freeways. Yuk. There has been a thread or two here about it. You may want to search for them. I believe there is another site dedicated to this, or so I've heard.

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thank you every one, that is the type of info I was looking for.
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The only fact you have to be concerned with: Automotive tires are not designed / made to run on the sidewall (counter steer) they are made to remain flat - MC tires are made to run on the sidewall - reason is simple, auto tires are made to be stiff not to roll if they rolled only the two outside would do so tipping the vehicle - I was a pursuit driving instructor for enough years to prove that many times - yes you will get a lot better wear - but you will loose turning ability - auto tires simply do not counter steer like MC tires - if you are going to do it learn the handling restrictions.......

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I have been on the dark side for years and thousands of miles.. Been to several Shark Weeks and have rode a lot of great roads around the country including the tail of the dragon with no issues... Give it a shot your either going to like or you wont.. Don't let people with no clue make your decision for you...


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