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I've been seeing a lot of threads about going to a car tire and those who are opposed to it.

My question is this, what, if any, are the advantages to going to a car tire if one can be found to fit? Along with this comes the question of why going to a car tire is referred to as "the dark side".

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Mainly for mileage. Car tires last a LOT longer than bike tires.

As for the 'dark side' reference, that term can be found in many other areas like sports and hobbies. Usually refers to something out of the ordinary, harder or just plain weird.
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Oh Lordy, you've opened a can of worms now...

To use an item in a manner not contemplated by it's manufacturer is both dangerous and risky to yourself and to others who might be around you if the item fails.

Who do you think will be liable in the event of a failure?


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ON a straight highway more contact, longer wear, cheaper to buy. Issues..mounting has to be perfect, and when you corner you ride on the side wall as much as the tread..not good for traction or the side wall.

try this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZKhoFbL7Fo

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car tire: more miles/cheaper, possible unsafe for leaning and breaking in those conditions.

bike tire: expensive and last less miles. safety?, it was designed for motorcycles.

when you're running a trike, sidecar or anything that keeps the bike in 90ΒΊ to the ground its safe to use.
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You guys just don't know how wrong you are in the assumptions about the safety and traction on curves. I wish they made car tires to fit the older wings so someone could try it and tell you how awesome it is. Check out Kit Carson's dark side thread in the general forum.

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thanks but i think my life and my bike is worth more than a bike tire that's why i always go for them.
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OK, OK ....... I'm sorry I asked......sheeesh, there goes my mana.

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OK, OK ....... I'm sorry I asked......sheeesh, there goes my mana.


The Dark Side exists in most industries with similar rants and raves.

I have to ask how important is safety.

If money was no object would amotorcycle tire be the right choice? Just keep buying them as they wear out. I don't think anyone is making a general comment that motorcycle tires are dangerous. They are just presenting a different option that may suit some riders.

Helmet manufacturers say scrap your helmet if you drop it.

Does your bike have an air bag?

Who's safer, the guy in a tee shirt and running shoes with a bike tire on his wing or the guy in proper riding gear with a car tire? What if the guy in the tee shirt is riding two up and the other guy is towing a trailer?

There are so many variables in the equation that no one is wrong or right so gather the facts, apply them to your riding style and budget and enjoy the ride.




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Arai says you don't need to. Excellent 10 minute video on Arai helmets with Jay Leno.

http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/...tml?vid=283819

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