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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of switching to a car tire

Howdy y'all! I've got a 1300C, and have been thinkin about switching over to a car tire on the rear. I've seen a few done, so I know its possible. I've been doing a lot of highway travel lately, and not so much winding of backroads. Would love to get some first hand feedback, and start weighing the pros and cons of switching. Anyone have some input/advice?
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What Spike said. There are more on a CT than you would imagine.

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 11:17 AM
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I ran one on my 1300C for about 3 riding seasons. I rode the Dragon,the Snake ,the Rattler,the Diamondback & many other local curvy spots. So as you can see it's not a death sentence like the naysayers will tell you. The wear is simply incredible. My tire still looks 95% or better. BUT unlike others who sing the praises of the darkside I will tell you that it takes more effort to steer the bike, kind of like running a 240 rear tire kit.In other words more counter steering is needed. The bike will feel weird in large gravel. Also people will tell you that car tires are harder rubber & will not grip ..... I say BS on that ! I have NEVER found this to be the case. On a heavy cruiser this simply don't hold water. My take is that we have been ripped off for years by tire manufacturers using compounds that wear fast to sell more tires. I also have noticed that a few tires have hit the market like the Michelin Commander II that are rated as "high mileage". Not seen till LOTS of Gold Wing & heavy cruiser riders started going darkside. It is a personal choice that most make simply for the economy of the thing. I have since went back to a bike tire (Slapjack mod) with a 200 rear on an 1800 rear wheel for the looks & quicker handling of the bike tire. I have a nice rear 1300C rim with car tire mounted,polished brake rotor in super nice condition if you know anyone who wants to give this a try! One a last note ...... IF I was a "Flatlander" which is a total opposite to my area ,I would never take off that rear tire ! ....... Rod

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I would say you have to pay attention to what you are doing. Its not a bike tire so it acts and responds differently. I have seen people riding under inflated car tires and its downright scary to watch the sidewall collapse as the bike goes through a turn. On the other hand a friend has a rides on one and goes like a bat outta hell, but he still leaves a nice mark on the path he follows in those turns. I have rode a bike so fitted and did not care for the handling, or lack of but the mileage is an interesting aspect.

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I'm a convert among many that will never go back.

Better mileage yes, but better ride especially for passenger, better stopping in wet or gravel, rear end won't come out from under you. Better traction.

If you understand counter steering, I notice literally zero difference. I see NO negatives at all.
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I thought and thought about going to the darkside for several years, asking for feedback, reading forums, watching you tube videos, etc... Finally I just did it. My opinion is this, its not for every bike and not for every rider but it works for me.
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I love that fact that you have to pay attention, otherwise you become complacent and that can lead to tragedy.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-22-2017, 08:43 AM
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I'm not sure how it goes in the USA, but, in Europe, fitting a car tire in a motorcycle voids your MC insurance and riding with voided MC insurance is illegal. So, if you're involved in an accident and it's your fault, you have to pay it all (aside from heavy fines too). You may even go to prison if you happen to kill someone.

Even having differently-sized tires voids your MC insurance in Europe, unless you modify the wheels to have the new tires fit and report it to MOT (which is an expensive affair as it's seen by the MOT as re-designing the motorcycle). So be careful with that and know what your insurance will cover if you fit a CT. Given how many people do it in the USA, I would assume there's some clause that allows for it in most MC insurance policies.

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