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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 09-01-2017, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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I haven't visited the forum in a while, kind of forgotten how to get around. Just had my 20,000 mile service on my R3R, all is good but I've worn out another stinkin tire since my 10,000 mile service. My local shop is selling these wonderful things for 470 bucks. So I was looking for info on going to the dark side, a couple of quick questions for the ones brave enough. How do they handle on the twisties and in parking lots? Did you take your rim down to a tire shop and put a tire on it? What tire is the best? Thanks guys !

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I haven't visited the forum in a while, kind of forgotten how to get around. Just had my 20,000 mile service on my R3R, all is good but I've worn out another stinkin tire since my 10,000 mile service. My local shop is selling these wonderful things for 470 bucks. So I was looking for info on going to the dark side, a couple of quick questions for the ones brave enough. How do they handle on the twisties and in parking lots? Did you take your rim down to a tire shop and put a tire on it? What tire is the best? Thanks guys !
Have you tried a Bridgestone Exedra Max on the rear. There's a good reason motorcycles don't come with car tires.
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I own a Honda Valkyrie along with my rocket and have listened to many stories of putting car tires on them. They all said it takes some getting accustom to. Especially at low speeds and twisty roads. I stick with bike tires. The others don't feel comfortable.
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Been there done that, had no problems at all. car tyre feels a little "heavy" at times, can still drag the pegs around the corners, and get twice the mileage from a CT.
I think a lot of it is personal choice and how you ride. I always put on a CT when going on holiday towing the trailer, mainly because 240 tyres are a bit harder to find in the middle of Australia, and the CT will get me right around. The bike has done 85000km and I will have used a CT for at least 50000km of that.
Tyre I use is a Toyo 225x50, although I will try a 55 profile next time. A 245 wide will fit but is too tight, 225 is better.

Put a CT on and try it for yourself, there is no dramas with it. The only thing to be aware of is when you cross a verge or rut in the road as the tyre is so wide and flat you will feel the tyre push you to one side, no biggie at all.

Having said all that I have just run out a Bridgestone Excedra, good tyre, better ride than the Avon cobra, cheaper but with less mileage

Personal choice and no harm done if you don't like it
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$470 for a tire? I'd be looking for a new shop.

Here's a Bridgestone Exedra Max for $163 and free shipping.

https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p...otorcycle-Tire

At $470 I might consider a car tire, but at $163 I'll stick to motorcycle tires.
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I just put Exedra Maxx's on my Thunderbird LT, Rockymountain ATV had way the best prices $290 for front and rear.

Reluctant as I am to get into the car tire debate I will just comment that when it comes to tires, I choose within reason those that will give me the best grip and handling so that I have the best safety margin in all circumstances. I've seen people with car tires on their Harleys and wondered why? I guess when the MotoGP boys start using them I'll give them a try, until then I'm a firm believer that I would be giving up something by having a flat tread surface something that went away along time ago in motorcycle tires.
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You would be uninsured in the UK if using a car tyre.Scary even thinking about running a bike of this weight and power on a squared off tyre around bends.I am still using Metzeler tyres which are good.My boy uses Avon Cobra and prefers them at a lower cost.Just waiting to see how many miles those Avons cover.Of course,we do run these bikes very fast and tyre wear is not a problem but grip is everything.Interesting to watch youtube videos of bikes with car tyres fitted.
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It seems to the riders that have gone to the "dark side," they do have quite a few supporters.

I've also talked to some who have gone "*double-dark*" They state no ill effects. They do mention shorter stopping distances (especially in the wet.)
Brake pad wear seems to be similar to motorcycle tires.

* Denotes a car tire on the rear, and a motorcycle rear tire on the front, mounted backwards.

I personally have never done it, but I did ask specifically about braking distances with CT's installed on the HDforums.

Like here, I got good experiences with those that actually have experience, and "don't do it" by those that wouldn't do it no matter what.

No, I don't plan on doing it on my motorcycles.
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