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rear tire

Post by dennislp » Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:18 pm

went ahead and put a austone tire on the rear . what the heck a am not going to live forever anyway. measured the bead on it and my e3 angles and thickness not enough diff to talk about fits tight and fits the tire bead on rim . moved inner front fender forward half inch .rode it with 5 psi in shocks no rubbing at all .70 mph is 3000 rpm on the nose ride is dead quiet and smooth it feels like the tire Honda should have used in the first place . 25 psi in the shocks 40 psi in tires and rides like a caddy . still have a e3 on front nay put on a brigstone radial .when front wears out

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Re: rear tire

Post by RoadRogue » Sun Mar 29, 2015 12:54 am

Welcome to the Darkside, you get a cookie.

After you put on about 500 miles and the tire gets broken in adjust the pressure by 2 pounds at a time till you find the sweet spot. For me it was at 48psi. with the Austone. 8-)
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Re: rear tire

Post by tom84std » Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:13 am

A whole bunch of guys are using automobile tires on their VTX's and they all report good results. I've been pricing and looking. People who have done it have been reporting very high mileage from them. There seems to be a consensus that the Nexen 5000 is an excellent choice. ... H/39511163
I've got new tires on my bike, so I've got plenty of time to watch and research my decision as whether or not to go that way. I've heard it mentioned that the contact patch is reduced in a corner. I believe that argument is pointless since even a reduced contact patch on a car tire is at least as much as the contact patch on a motorcycle tire.

One factor in your decision might be that if you don't install your own tires, you may have a problem finding a tire shop to install a car tire on a motorcycle wheel. I really don't know about that as I haven't any experience in that area. I install my own anyway.
All in all, the price of the tire is much less and the tread life is being reported as being multiple times more, and those who've done it say they love it. I'm waiting and watching....

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Re: rear tire

Post by littlebeaver » Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:25 pm

When mine wears out on my Voyager, I am mounting a CT on that bike..

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Re: rear tire

Post by minimac » Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:14 am

I too run 48# in my Austone. Even though it seems a little high,that was the best compromise for handling and ride. It also seemed to be the best pressure for even wear across the entire width of the tire. I checked that by measuring across the tire after a long ride with a pyrometer. I run a Bridgestone Excedra Max radial on the front and at 38-40#, It sticks like glue, wet or dry riding. This combination of tires work extremely well on my bike. I do not run my tires down to the wear bars, like some others do, and replace them before they get to that point. I currently have approximately 22K on these tires and the rear isn't half worn. I'll probably change the front at the end of this year- it's been on for two years and is about half worn.

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