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post #11 of 52 (permalink) Old 04-01-2012, 12:03 PM
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The Thunderbird is designed for performance handling. Common sense should dictate that the shape of a car tire, and the harder compound will compromise this. Sure you can ride around on a car tire, but doesn't it seem rather stupid to have spent the extra money for a performance bike only to then sacrifice that performace to save a few bucks on tires?
What if the owner of the said bike bought it to be a cruiser and not a performance bike? Is he still stupid if he decides to run a car tire? I thought the Tbird was a cruiser, not a performance bike. If you want to scrape pegs in turns should you have not bought a Triple Speed?

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What if the owner of the said bike bought it to be a cruiser and not a performance bike? Is he still stupid if he decides to run a car tire?
Yes.

Unless owner of said bike can be absolutely certain of never riding in inclement conditions, on twisty roads or requiring any kind of evasive manoeuvre. (But that never happens.) And if he can get his insurance company to state in writing that they're ok with it. (Best of luck with that.)

Makes you wonder why owner of said bike would even want to ride.
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What if the owner of the said bike bought it to be a cruiser and not a performance bike? Is he still stupid if he decides to run a car tire? I thought the Tbird was a cruiser, not a performance bike. If you want to scrape pegs in turns should you have not bought a Triple Speed?
Performance and Cruiser are not mutually exclusive. If you pay "Good Money" for a bike, you expect it to have "Performance" characteristics. With car tires you'll be scraping more then a peg.
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I'd say that if the price of tires is an issue get a speedmaster/america. They are a great bike, for much less than the Tbird and the tires are much cheaper.
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I'd say that if the price of tires is an issue get a speedmaster/america. They are a great bike, for much less than the Tbird and the tires are much cheaper.
Yeap. I'll never understand people who spend a fortune on performance mods (after all, it's a cruiser, why does it need to perform?) and then cheap out on tires. I just don't get it.
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Yes.

Unless owner of said bike can be absolutely certain of never riding in inclement conditions, on twisty roads or requiring any kind of evasive manoeuvre. (But that never happens.) And if he can get his insurance company to state in writing that they're ok with it. (Best of luck with that.)

Makes you wonder why owner of said bike would even want to ride.
Went on a ride today and there was a Vulcan with a car tire. He stayed with us on the curves. Slow turns in the parking lot were the only issue. Not sure what inclement weather has to do with it, cars handle fine in the rain and there should be no difference with a bike.

As for why they ride, if you have to ask....

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What if the owner of the said bike bought it to be a cruiser and not a performance bike? Is he still stupid if he decides to run a car tire?
Yes, since the Thunderbird will never be a car.
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Went on a ride today and there was a Vulcan with a car tire. He stayed with us on the curves. Slow turns in the parking lot were the only issue. Not sure what inclement weather has to do with it, cars handle fine in the rain and there should be no difference with a bike.

As for why they ride, if you have to ask....
When he wipes out in front of you....well maybe then you'll understand.
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There seems to be a lot BS talk on using car tires on a TB. Until you have put some miles on one, car tire on a bike,how do you know? Car tires are not for everyone, but for those that ride a lot and don't want to spend time and money changing motorcycle tires,the better
handling, less costly, better riding car tire is the way to go.
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Yes, since the Thunderbird will never be a car.
No one said it was, so not sure where that is coming from.

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