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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-10-2008, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone tried a car tire on the rear of their Goldwing GL 1800 and have anything bad to say about it? I am trying to talk myself out of going over to the DARK SIDE.
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This is a debate that has been going on for a while.

Those who use them swear by them. Those that haven't tell you you're going to kill yourself quickly.


You decide. Use the search function above and also Google "Goldwing Darksiders" and read what is said.

Good and safe luck to you.


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I went to the darkside this winter. I have put aprox. 500 miles on the c/t now. I won't be going back. Once get used to the tire there is no going back.

Check out this forum there is lots of info here

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I went and read quite a bit of posts on the subject and didn't find even one who had tried it that didn't love it. Sounds like a plan to me for when I need a tire. We sell tires at work so I should be able to find a good deal on a nice tire. I also watched the video and thought, that looks like it will work well, wish he had done some hard cornering though.

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Don't car tires have square corners? How to do the twisties with those?

Or are these just Saturday night street machines........like Bigdog choppers?

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Popeye wrote:
Don't car tires have square corners? How to do the twisties with those?

Or are these just Saturday night street machines........like Bigdog choppers?
As someone else said, this debate has been going on for some time, andis like which oil to use or which brake pads are best. Some swear by car tires, some swear at them. do a search. read the pros and cons. I think it's a crazy idea, but that's just my opinion. I could be wrong. Check it out for yourself.

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Common Sense.........if there is a lake with thin ice on it and a sign says, look stupid the ice is thin, do not drive your vehicle unto it.....there is always some person who will go to the trouble to strap 4 by 8 sheets of plywood to the tires and go anyway!! He may or may not get away with it.

This is my opinion about using car tires on a bike........you may or may not get away with it......for a time.......

I ride a bike for the joy of it........but at the same time have became very safety aware....all my friends know this......tease me about it sometimes.......but they know and respect safety too......

One of the new radials may very well function .........Thing is a bike tire is designed as a bike tire.....it is formed different......it takes the corners well with no counter steering to overcome a foreign force ......and hey.......bike tires are made of softer material and grab the road........a car tire is of a material much harder and full of carbon.......even on a car on wet roads will slip and slide......so just what do you think it will do on a bike on wet roads............I find these subjects quite amusing.....some folks even get hostile about it.........my answer to a car tire is :P:P

The 1800 is my bike. The very best motorcycle ever made. I was enthralled with my first test ride on this machine. It is a great bike. A crotch rocket with storage bags.............As for oil I use the slick kind, and I like round tires, but as of late I have found square ones work best on the rear. Pirelli Eufori 195/55/16 @ 32 PSI
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