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Go with a car tire if you want big.

I run a 195/55r16 toyo car tire on back. Stock rim. Love it.
 

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Kyle how does that tire handle in corners?
Its amazing. I would have never believed it until I tried it. I can lay the bike over enough to drag floor boards at riding speeds. If you can make it to the PA meet and greet you should ride my bike, I'll be there.
 

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Its amazing. I would have never believed it until I tried it. I can lay the bike over enough to drag floor boards at riding speeds. If you can make it to the PA meet and greet you should ride my bike, I'll be there.

for real, car tire for rear wheel?????? where did you get that idea?
 

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I wish I could take credit for the idea haha. Its quite common. Many call it "going to the dark side". Google it.
 

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My 200/55 17 is going on tomorrow.
 

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Its amazing. I would have never believed it until I tried it. I can lay the bike over enough to drag floor boards at riding speeds. If you can make it to the PA meet and greet you should ride my bike, I'll be there.
Kyle, I'm sure it works well. I've seen videos etc. mostly Gold Wingers using them. I bet you'll get a lot of miles out of that tire.
I have a friend that built a wide tire rigid chopper back in the days when wide motorcycle tires were not available. Riding behind him in turns with that wide car tire looked scary as he had to throw the bike over onto the edge through the whole turn then plop over on to the big flat surface after turn. He was also running a skinny tire up front which made it even harder. I have a Wide MC tire (250) on my rigid chopper with a skinny up front and I have to pull it in turns, can't imagine with a big flat car tire. This is not the case and I know it's different with a narrower car tire in rear and people that use them swear by them, I really haven't heard any negatives from people who run a CT on their bikes. I can't comment on it as I have not tried it but it sounds crazy. I can see better braking and traction on straight always but I'd be worried riding the dragon for example. What about insurance, God forbid something happened would insurance cover you/your bike with a car tire on it?
I'd like to see pics of the wear pattern on it from being on your bike.
 

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I'll try to get some pics. There's about 10k miles on mine and it still literally looks new. Cheaper than a mc tire too.

Honestly I don't know why it works... It just does....in theory, it should handle poor in corners. But I swear on my grave that I can corner harder and faster than anyone I know and it never feels squirrly. I literally have a flat spot ground into the bottom part of my kickstand from dragging it on fast left turns haha.
 

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I know a lot of guys swear by using a car tire on the rear. I don't ever plan to try. Motorcycle tires are engineered for motorcycles and their ride characteristics. Car tires are not. You also have to consider that in the event of an accident, insurance companies can and will use any reasoning necessary, regardless if it is valid, to deny claims.
 
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