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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-04-2012, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Car tire? woah!

ok. I just have a question. Why on earth would someone think of putting a CAR tire on a motorcycle!? what benefit does that do!? Isnt there a reason why there are payed engineers who design these motorcycle tires? Why would anyone want to put a car tire on a motorcycle. opinons on this?

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Don't knock it until you've tried it. There are lots of reasons, but go out and do the research before poo-pooing it. I switched, and will never go back.

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The main reason I'm thinking of switching is tread life. A lot of people note increased rear brake power.
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You would think a car tire would be a really bad idea, especially in corners, but it has been proven to work. Main reason to use one is better mileage. I would think that with the harder rubber compound of a car tire, the rear brake wouldn't work as well, but even if it doesn't, the rear brake is not that big of a deal. If you are using the brakes right (on the street) then almost all the braking is done by the front brakes. You have to be really easy with the rear brake to avoid locking it up when all the weight transfers to the front.

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Wow, had no idea car tires would be an option. Motorcycle tires are insanely expensive, and you get what, 10K miles out of them???? What size car tires fits on our Vulcan?



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Don't knock it until you've tried it. There are lots of reasons, but go out and do the research before poo-pooing it. I switched, and will never go back.
I'm no poo pooing anything haha. I'm simply asking for opinions
Because I'm ignorant on this subject.

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New cam chain tentioners
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Spline Lube
windshield
Engine Guard
B-stone S11 RWL-stock sizes
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spline lube
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Shinko 170/80
rear end oil change
aftermarket mirrors
windshield
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Has anyone done this with the vn750 and if so what is the tire size that you run.
Also is this a rear tire mod only or could it be done on the front.
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Has anyone done this with the vn750 and if so what is the tire size that you run.
Also is this a rear tire mod only or could it be done on the front.
It's a rear tire thing.. If I remember right it's a 165/60 on the 750.. I was thinking about trying it myself if the bike lives long enough to see another rear tire..

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then use the search function for "going to the darkside" and its variants.. lots of info on this for our beloved rides.
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