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muddy 456
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why I choose a car tire

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I sold my 1983 gl 1100,and about 3 years later I bought a 2013 f6b.I knew I would need a new rear tire soon,so before I even rode it once I had a ct put on.This is to tell of why and the result of that is.I did the research and found mt folk were adamantly against anything but a mt,stating mt are made for motorcycles anything else is stupid. My thought was yes ,but I also run into the same type of riders that say only Harley is the way to go for a ride.Then I found some Harley riders also used ct.So I choose a ct thinking I would try it to see for myself.My decision came as how I ride I am no longer scrapping on every turn my style now is easy so the ct worked out good,but if someone still wants to always take your bike to the edge yes use a mt.I have more than 10,000 miles on this tire, my first lesson I need to feel it out ,how it did all types of weather. My only concern that I always keep in mind when ridding I cannot keep a perfect curve,meaning the flex takes more adjusting.I don't list this as bad just different. As I also needed to get used to a bigger bike this all worked out for me. I look for honest feedback.

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Post by AZgl1800 »

If you choose one of the car tires with a more rounded profile, and you keep it pressured up in the 40-55 psi range, it is hard to tell that you are not using a "motorcycle tire".

the flatter profiles though have a bad tendency to want to climb out of ruts, but at the same time, they totally ignore Tar Snakes.

The E3 tires I used to run were dangerous on wet surfaces, and where there is sand/gravel on the road.

The Michelin RF ZP that I using now, does not slip on wet surfaces... ( full throttle in low gears, yes )

When aired up to 45 psi it feels like a normal tire to me, let it get down around 34 psi and it feels bad, bad enough to make you wonder WTH is going on here?

For me? The reason is Safety, it won't leave me in a lurch if it looses air....
it is rated for 50 miles w/o air on a car, at slow speeds of course.

And it got rid of that dangerous E3 tendency to slide out sideways on wet surfaces at 50 mph in 5th gear, when I want to pass a semi and get around him quick. My first experience with that was on I-44 when a sudden rainshower left a lot of water on the road, and the semi throwing up spray far enough to cover my lane to the left of him.

I hit the throttle on that E3 and it went sideways now............. that ended the E3 for me, I ordered a Michelin that same day.

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Post by Alan_Hepburn »

Why did I choose a car tire? Well, with a sidecar rig I don't have to worry about the bike leaning in corners - it stays upright, just like a car, so it makes sense to use a car tire for the mileage gains. Sidecars tend to put a lot of wear on the pusher tire, so the longer the tire lasts the better it is for my wallet!
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Post by minimac »

I chose putting an Austone on my GL1500. I got tired of paying upwards of $200 for a tire and not getting a season of riding out of it. I now have over 35K miles on it and still going strong. I liked the fact that it was a six ply radial. I also changed the front tire to a radial and the combination works really well for me. I do a lot of heavily loaded touring, and the higher capacity of the CT was a plus. There was an adjustment period(< one day) and I don't notice it. I sometimes get caught in heavy rains, and the grip at both ends is truly amazing.
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Post by Uncle Bob 46 »

Just bought my 4th CT for rear of 2008 GL1800. I have used Kihmo’s and now run Bridgestone. For the same or less $$ than a motorcycle tire I get 20,000 + miles; mostly long rides pulling a trailer. Better traction in rain and gravel.
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I bought my new-to-me 2008 GL1800 in 2010 with 2,300 miles on the clock. I knew nothing about Goldwings and I was surprised that the original tires wearing out at 12,000 miles was normal. I put on Bridgestone 704/709’s and lost the rear to a nail at around 5,000 miles. I tried plugging it, but that didn’t work. A shop said they could patch it, but then said it couldn’t be fixed. They didn’t have a new tire, and sold me a used Avon tire off a Harley (GASP!) that had been triked. That tire lasted 5 weeks and broke a belt. That’s when I started researching the tire wear problem and discovered the Darkside on this site. My first car tire was a Hankook Venta, size 190/55-16. I got 20,000 miles on that tire before it broke a belt too. I am now running a Bridgestone Turanza, size 190/60-16. The increased aspect ratio (taller tire) corrected the speedometer error common to Goldwings. Since I am no longer riding two up, I reduced the tire pressures to factory specs (41-front/36-rear). The Bridgestone has only been on for a few months, but I like it.
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Post by offcenter »

I'm running a Nokian 195-55 light truck tire on the back of my 1500.
Holds the road like glue, rain or shine and corners great.
It did take about 1000 miles to break it in though. When new
it felt kind of "squirrelly" for a while, but that went away as it wore
a bit.
Now has over 11,000 miles on it and shows very little wear at all.
And I'm not a slow rider. I tend to get a bit aggressive in the corners!
I'm a happy darksider.

George in Jersey.
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