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Old 10-31-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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Why is it in the year 2013 I am seeing & hearing of more m/c with car tires on the rear?

Can someone explain it?
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:27 PM   #2
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might as well try to explain oversized pants around the knees, 24" wheels on a lifted sedan, cowboy hats inside a bar, or 48" mudder tires on a chromed out pickup truck with "stacks" coming out of the bed.
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:59 PM   #3
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it is simple to those who do it, car tire is cheaper (in most cases) and last 4 times as long on a touring bike, not going into the handling issues as i have never ridden a bike with car tires and I do not ride enough miles to even consider putting a car tire on my bike since my tire will likely be changed for age instead of wear
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:07 PM   #4
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Why is it in the year 2013 I am seeing & hearing of more m/c with car tires on the rear?

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Old 10-31-2013, 09:07 PM   #5
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Why is it in the year 2013 I am seeing & hearing of more m/c with car tires on the rear?

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perhaps cuz more and more are tweakers
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Why is it in the year 2013 I am seeing & hearing of more m/c with car tires on the rear?

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So, what kind of oil do you use???
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:14 PM   #7
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m/c with car tires on the rear?

Can someone explain it?

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Old 10-31-2013, 10:19 PM   #8
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I used to hate the idea of "Darksiding." I'd roll my eyes and scoff, "just how poor ARE you that you refuse to be 'ripped off' buying purpose-designed motorcycle tires? You seemed to afford that bike okay."

Now, though, I figure that in most applications I read about, the car tires are going on a heavyweight cruiser that spends most of its time eating up highway miles on long trips. I can see why on a bike like that, the rider might not care so much about ultimate cornering prowess as he would longevity. I mean, what's a motorcycle tire really doing for you when you're upright for hours at a time on the super slab?

It still kind of makes them look like penny-pinching cheapskates, but it's not the end of the world.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:24 PM   #9
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Well, I'm guilty.



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Really not as bad as it seems. Works great on the heavier FJR. Was too heavy on the Busa, so took it off. Once you get used to more pressure being needed to turn in (and pressure maintained through the turn), it's no problem at all. I'm actually faster through the turns on the FJR with the car tire as it gives me at least half an inch more clearance when it lifts up on the edge. What people don't realize is that with a car tire you always have more rubber on the road than a m/c tire. You just have A LOT more when it's flat. Kinda sucks though when going up angled curbs etc.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:25 PM   #10
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Seems to work well for many, I for one will never be going to the darkside "EVER"!
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:45 PM   #11
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If it was cheaper I'd do it, but I paid $70 total for six tires, four rear and two fronts, that's less than one car tire :)
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:11 AM   #12
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If it was cheaper I'd do it, but I paid $70 total for six tires, four rear and two fronts, that's less than one car tire :)


I gotta start buying tires in Canada, I just paid $150.00 USD for a front tire on my concours.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:18 AM   #13
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Why is it in the year 2013 I am seeing & hearing of more m/c with car tires on the rear?

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stupidity is hard to explain
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:23 AM   #14
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on topic

some arguments used by darksiders are safety when you get a puncture, money because the CT will last longer and even grip because of the larger contact patch.

all those arguments are no good in Europe, over here you will get a fine and won't be allowed to drive further. so simple for us, no CT.

but safety? ; on this forum someone explained quite thorough that the rim of a motor is different then that of a car, they don't fit. so if you use a car tire, use a car wheel on your bike.

i quess that if you are doing long straights, they will last longer. said that, some use michelin alpin winter tires known for there longevity but not that good for hot summer conditions.

contact patch, a larger contact patch is not equivalent to more grip. just google on that part.


to me it's a bit like all the people all dressed up nice when going to work and wearing vans/nikes. it's possible, no one gets hurt but... no thanks.

further it is truth , i have no experience in riding a bike with a CT, pictures show that it is possible, no argument about that part.
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:13 AM   #15
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You guys on the Darkside, do you run the tire at lower pressure (I don't know, something like 22-24 psi maybe?) to allow more flex when cornering?
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