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I know it ounds crazy after reading other tyre threads here but, I've been conducting an experiment where I've been running a Motorcycle trye on the rear of my motorcycles. It's early days yet- 36 years and 300,000 miles- but the results so far are quite promising.

I can report smooth ride with predictable turn. Excellent braking (though under severe braking the front tyre does most of that-as the weight is thrown forward).

Wet weather grip is good too

Tyres last about 15-17K miles, before they start to flatten off- which obviously starts to compromise the handling. Strangely enough, each new generation of tyres seems better than the last- which is odd as I was told they haven't changed the design at all in 30 years!

An added benefit is that I don't need to worry about the fit. I just buy the size recommended by the Bike manufacturer and they go traight on. I just wondered if anyone else had considered doing this...Steve

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You might find it's your riding skills that got better over the years, and not the tyres.

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You are taking big chances doing that! In case of an accident you will probably not be covered. Your bike will not look so cool from the back either. It will be harder to keep the bike upright with that rounded profile tire.

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You're probably right. My mate says the tyre manufacturer's have research and development departments- who's he trying to kid eh?

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I don't know. The tire that was on my Moto Guzzi is no longer being produced.



I think I better take the BMW mechanic's advice andpark it and buy another bike that I can still buy oem's for.





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Sidecar Mike,
Believe it or not any tyre of the recommended size and type is fine. There's a choice of manufacturers I'm told. Ps I believe a car tyre on an adapted rim is ok on a sidecar equiped bike- if that helps...Steve

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Wow!!what a concept, I'll run out to the garage right away to see if I have a mc tire on my mc.

I wonder if I can put mc tires on my cage. Anyone tried that yet?


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Believe it or not any tyre of the recommended size and type is fine. There's a choice of manufacturers I'm told. Ps I believe a car tyre on an adapted rim is ok on a sidecar equiped bike- if that helps...Steve
That's not what the Govenor said. He said I can only use the specific tire that the manufacturer mounted. Remember him talking about vandalizing customer's sidewalls with his knife?


It worked out well for Ford Explorers, didn't it.

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Hi Side car Mike. Governor was actually cutting and destroying "Recalled- ie faulty" tyres to prevent their reuse.He wasn't actually vandalising cusromer's tyres. Read the thread again....Steve

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A motorcycle tyre on a motorcycle, who would have thought that possible.

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