In the May issue of MCN magazine a reader asks attorney Harry Deitzler for his opinion concerning use of a car tire on a motorcycle, and the question of “cause” in the event of an accident.
His reply is that in a court of law, the ‘cause’ issue is really not relevant.
It does no good for a defense attorney to show the car tire did not contribute to an accident.
Car tire are not ‘recommended’ (by motorcycle manufacturers or car tire manufacturers), so the attorney starts out at a disadvantage.
From reading Mr. Deitzler’s column I know that representing a motorcycle driver in any situation the attorney starts out at a disadvantage. A bald (or low tread) tire adds to that disadvantage, as does a CT.
It does not matter if a car tire can be shown to be ‘safer’ than a MCT for a particular application, it is not recommended, and that tells the ‘whole story’, so to speak.
Safety and cause are not the issues, recommendations are.
I expect no lawyer, motorcycle manufacturer, MCT manufacturer, or CT manufacturer to recommend use of a CT on a MC. This has to do with money (profit) as well as legal responsibility, long before any safety concern.
For safety concerns, I favor asking the users. Ask those who have used CT for tens of thousands, or in some cases, hundreds of thousands of miles. I wouldn’t even guess how many millions of miles have been put on CT for MC usage. It would not surprise me if it is hundreds of millions of miles.
This brings me to Mr Deitzler’s comment “Quite frankly, I have to wonder about anyone who has sufficient disposable income to buy a gold Wing and then elects to sacrifice any level of safety to save a few dollars on a tire.”
In my budget a thousand dollars a year is more than a few dollars.
But, honestly, safety is more important than money.