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1985 gl1200 ltd car tire?

I see lots of information for a gl1500. Not much information for the gl1200. Has any one put a car tire on theirs? I read that 145/60r15 would work but there seems to be bead and rim issues for full comparability from all manufacturers. I have a side car so it doesn't lean very much. Motorcycle tires I think will get used up quickly. Thanks.
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Most people say 15" motorcycle rim is bigger then auto tire so tire damaged at installation. Some install 1500
swing arm final drive and rear wheel on 1200. I use auto tire on GL1500/Friendship 3 and love it.
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I tried to put 1 on a 1200 rim once and blew up the tire. I have read where others have done it, seems like a 165/70 15 if I remember right.

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Here's a good post written by a member who wanted to put a "car" tire on a GL1200.

Advise given here is free and comes with no warranty "Caveat emptor"

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I did see 3 15" auto tires on 15" motorcycle rim. 2 told me lot of soap and lot of air will do this job. 1 did machine rim.
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I have a 165/80 15 on the 1200 wheel mounted on my 1100. Was it a simple fit? No. I needed to massage the wheel a little so I didn't run into the problem that Dave had.

I've had this wheel/tire on my 84 Standard and now it's on my 81 1200. What did I get by doing this? Just what I wanted. I'm at just shy of 10,000 miles on the tire and it is only now starting to show signs of wear.

I'm currently working on an 87 Interstate, and the last thing I am going to do it before putting a license plate on it, will be to put a car tire on the rear.
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Well now this has peaked my interest, when the rear tire needs changed I believe I'll go dark side as well.
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It isn't for the faint of heart for those on the 1200. You either need to machine a little material off of the wheel (approximately 1/8") or use a lot of air and risk blowing the tire.

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I would probably use the increased pressure, But I have a Tire machine. Question, wonder if anyone has put a tube inside this would be a secondary thought really but just wondered? Thoughts?
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Thanks for the info on the 165/80r15. I saw tire rack as a great chart of all the sizes available to a rim size. My rig runs up right very little lean so cycle tires are going to go to waste.
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