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Old 12-17-2010, 04:07 PM   #1
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Car Tires on a Motorcycle/Sidecar

Hello fellow Hackers... does anyone know where I can purchase car tires that will fit the 16" wheels on my Electra Glide / Sidecar Rig? I don't think I can go any wider than 155. Thanks for any info...
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Old 12-17-2010, 04:55 PM   #2
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Hey Red,
16's are really hard to find, but a friend of mine has one on the rear of his FJ, it's an Avon Turbosteel 165 HR 16, I believe it has a speed rating of 130mph, and is intended for use on classic cars.
You can get them from England, no problem, but they are fairly expensive.

Here's a link http://www.vintagetyres.com/press/16...turbosteel.doc
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Old 12-18-2010, 08:18 AM   #3
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Vredestein Comtrac, 175/75R16. 1/2" narrower than a stock XR 1200 tire; don't know what size the Electra Glide is. Could not find anywhere local, but found em on-line here:

https://www.tiresbyweb.com/p-8480-vr...n-comtrac.aspx

Seated easily at 50 PSI. Took going to 4 bike shops before I could find someone to mount it. Can't seem to post pics any more, but I'll try linking to photobucket. Here it is on a 2008 16" Fat Bob wheel on my in-progress XR1200 hack build.

http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/y...d/IMG_8409.jpg

http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/y...d/IMG_8410.jpg

http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/y...d/IMG_8411.jpg
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Old 12-18-2010, 08:38 AM   #4
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Pago, the stock size for the 04 Electra Glide is 140/80/16. There is room to go wider. Kenny...
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Old 12-19-2010, 12:03 AM   #5
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Does it have to be a 16" rim?
Can you find, say a 15" rim and go w/ a taller tire?
Height is the concern. Then width.
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:40 AM   #6
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Sidecar tire

For the Harley, 16 inch rim, check out the Avon Speedmaster. It's a flat profile tire, made for sidecars. It goes right on the Harley rim. I guess for the rear, they call it the Avon SM mark II.
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:28 AM   #7
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Thanks for the info. I checked out the Avon, but it said it was a tube tire. I need a tubeless. My bike came with spoked rims (for tubes) but I sold them and bought Mags so I could go tubeless.
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Old 12-20-2010, 12:35 PM   #8
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About 2/3rds of the way down above the tires they have a listing of bikes and tires listed.

http://forums.delphiforums.com/DarkSiding

Here is a link to their database;
http://darkside.nwff.info/database.php

They also have a list of tires that you should not try to put on a bike.
http://darkside.nwff.info/ListNOT.php
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Old 12-25-2010, 10:06 AM   #9
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Advantage Wheels for Harleys

We have just finished two 15" wheels for Harleys. They take a 165R15 auto tires. Photos to follow.
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Old 12-25-2010, 11:25 AM   #10
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We have just finished two 15" wheels for Harleys. They take a 165R15 auto tires. Photos to follow.
I run a 190/70R15.
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Old 12-26-2010, 07:03 AM   #11
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At the risk of stirring up controversy...

Am going to be going sidecar due to health issues... Have been doing a heck of a lot of research lately (time to burn...) on the subject, and have seen the frequent reference to switching to car type tires as there'll be no leaning in corners with a hack attached. My GL1100 Goldwing has a 16" rear wheel, and I've noted the GL1200 has a 16" dia front wheel... think I'll look into whether a swap is do-able. In the hunt for 16" relatively narrow car tires that could work, I've come across an unlikely source - space saver spare tires. Several big name brand manufacturers offer space saver spares that look like normal tires, have decent tread patterns and a fairly deep tread. I'd imagine that it'd be easy to pick up new wheels/tires from wreckers too. Anyone mount space saver rubber and see how they wear? Here's one of the tires I found:
http://www.ityre.com/en/tyres/catalo...al/size/62827/ , and there's a Firestone Tempa Spare Radial T135/70R16 available.

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Old 12-26-2010, 04:40 PM   #12
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Am going to be going sidecar due to health issues... Have been doing a heck of a lot of research lately (time to burn...) on the subject...
First and foremost... Get the Yellow Book if you haven't already.
It's available a few different places...


A sidecar is nothing like a motorcycle.
I cannot stress this point enough.



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Old 12-26-2010, 04:56 PM   #13
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Totally understood

I couldn't agree more. I registered at the United Sidecar Association and am reading the Hal Kendall manuals (link here: http://www.sidecar.com/links3.asp) - is the info in the "yellow book" that different, or is there something of value I'd be missing as compared to Hal's info?

I've already touched base with Brock Smith over at Side Effects in Kamloops, and am considering the Steerite triple tree mod. The older I get, the more careful & conservative I get... I think I understand how different sidecars handle. I don't have much of a choice regarding this - if I want to stay with motorcycling, I'm going to need to do 3 wheels.

Now how about them car tires?
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Old 12-26-2010, 05:17 PM   #14
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I'm looking also. but I don't think those space saver spares are designed to go over 50 MPH...
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Old 12-26-2010, 05:45 PM   #15
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130 km/h is plenty fast enough for me!

From the Conti specs on that link I posted... "M" = good for 130 km/h.
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