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96aspencade 04-19-2012 07:32 AM

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slicklizard wrote:

what size of ct on rear of goldwing cycle is being used
on 1997 model
slicklizard, this is what I"m running now Goodyear, but there are a few choices., Austone Taxi tire, Federal Formosa, :waving::action:

dingdong 04-20-2012 08:59 AM

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Might just be a "fact" brewing here.
The more CTs that are purchased the less MTs that will be sold. Less MTs sold equals less profit for the manufacturers. Eventually they will catch on.

Wingmaster Shamus 04-20-2012 09:14 AM

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dingdong wrote:

Might just be a "fact" brewing here.
The more CTs that are purchased the less MTs that will be sold. Less MTs sold equals less profit for the manufacturers. Eventually they will catch on.
I've rode around with one of the guy's off this forum who runs darkside, and he swears by them. Next week I'm taking a trip to the mountains with some local riders, one of whom is double darkside, but running training wheels because of his health. This guy has over 265, 000 miles on his original 1990 1500 model, and switched over because of using the outrigger kit. In his case there is no doubt he made the right choice! For me, the jury is still out, (and apparently sequestered as well... ;-))

DaveO430 04-21-2012 05:27 PM

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82gl1100iwingman, until you have tried it for yourself you have no leg to stand on. Please refrain from posting an opinion on something you know nothing about. A car tire gets way better traction than a motorcycle tire, I know for myself and it is provable.

wpgfire 04-21-2012 06:04 PM

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Did you know the Earth is round? It has been irrefutably proven that this is so. Really. And yet, my mother believes the Earth is flat. Seems to me that the Darkside controversy is a similar debate. 82gl1100iWingman believes the Darksiders are the Flatlanders and they believe he is. You can argue science and facts 'til you're blue in the face. In the end he'll sit on the sidelines sayin' it don't work while the Darksiders mount up and ride.

Still lookin' for the first conclusive report of a CT being directly responsible for an accident due to a tire rolling off the rim, tire exploding, traumatic failure, delamination or, in my case, failure of a 6 ply sidewall. BUT, I do find an enormous amount of anecdotal evidence of these occurrences on a MT. Who's really running the more dangerous tire?

Now, excuse me while I go pick up my Mom. She's been walking west for 3 days out here on the prairie and I can still make her out on the horizon. Maybe she's right. The Earth may be flat, indeed!

Ride Safe.:action:

Wingmaster Shamus 04-21-2012 07:25 PM

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Will the last poster to leave please turn out the lights!

Shamus has left the house... ;-))

Hawggy 04-22-2012 08:32 AM

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The Old Car tire M/C tire thread...

U just gotta love it..The never ending saga...:weightlifter:

Chromo 06-21-2012 03:16 AM

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82gl1100iwingman wrote:

. As far as statistics, I can only refer you to the "Hurt Report". 19.1% of the 3622 motorcycle crashes studied, had a modified rear wheel. As to what a modifiedrear wheel all consisted of, he did not delineate.

Great more useless facts. Do not know what a modified rear wheel was. Could that be using a Farm tractor wheel on a 500? YES IT COULD BE since no info was given.
Could that be using a 10sp bicycle wheel on a 1500? YES IT COULD BE!
Maybe it was cutting off the valve stem holder from the wheel, or maybe it was using permanent steel valve stems!

The only thing that report tells me is I am far safer to modify my rear wheel than I am to run the OEM wheel!
80.9% of the 3622 motorcycle crashes studied, had a stock oem rear wheel!

Oh my GOD for saftey sake I have to get that rear wheel modified soon as possible!
Over 4/5 of crashes studied happened with stock rear wheels, less than 1/5 happened with modified wheels. I have 4 times more chance of an accident with a stock wheel!!!

You can read many facts however you want when they are as useless as those, just as I have!

Also, what were those studied crashes? Did the crash really have anything to do with the rear wheel anyway?

The only thing proved is that 100% of the 3622 motorcycle crashes studied the motorcycle crashed. AND even though 80.9% of the bikes had a stock wheel they still crashed just the same as the other lessor 19.1% modified. There is nothing at all there to say that the 19.1% would have had less crashes if they had stock wheels!

Chromo 06-21-2012 03:34 AM

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Wingmaster Shamus wrote:

96aspencade wrote:

Interesting , it seems Honda's only concern is the tire separating "during installation on the rim" ------- so if you get past this stage without personal injury :?:?
LOL!! I noticed that also... I really find it disturbing that Honda has not at least added andetailedwarning concerning this matter. Obviously a good number of big cruisers and touring bike owners have made the switch, if it's not safe I would think that they should be held accountable? Maybe they will come out with some sort of statement after hearing about my concerns... ;-))
Why should they?
You mean they should add a warning to not use bicycle tires for a 10SP, or farm tractor tires, or semi truck tires, etc... what about airplane tires? :ROFL:

It's not Honda's problem to tell us rather progressive springs are safe or not or better or not.

What does Honda says in the 1500 manual about using a headlight modulator, brake light modulator, changing to better after market headlight bulbs, using LEDS instead of OEM bulbs etc...?

Is there anything in the manual about removing the rear drive stuff and mounting a car rear end and making a trike?

82gl1100iWingman 06-22-2012 12:09 AM

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Before you tell me that you get better traction by putting a wider tire on lets give you some background about the laws of physics on traction.

The first law is easy to believe: The friction between two surfaces is proportional to the force pressing one to the other. This force could be the weight of a motorcycle pressing the tire into the pavement, or the clamping force pressing two pieces of wood together. "Proportional" just means that if you double the pressing force you double the friction.

The second law is where all the trouble starts. To understand it, suppose you set up an experiment. You put a brick on a table and investigate how much force it takes to start the brick sliding. You screw an eyebolt into the brick, run a line from the eyebolt to a pulley on the edge of the table, and then attach weights to the end of the line. You add weight until the brick starts to slide.

Now here's the interesting part, and the surprising part. You would notice that the orientation of the brick doesn't make any difference. That is, the friction is the same whether the brick is on its large face, the smaller side, or the small end.

The friction is independent of the contact area.

Don't believe it? You're not alone. Bowden and Tabor, in their book Friction , tell about one of the first modern investigators of friction, Guillaume Amontons. In 1699 Amontons published a paper on friction in which he reported on the two laws. As Bowden and Tabor put it, "The second law, that friction is independent of the size of the bodies, was viewed by the [French Royal Academy of Sciences] with astonishment and skepticism. They instructed their senior academician De la Hire (1640-1718) to repeat Amontons' experiments and check their validity. This he did and confirmed Amontons' conclusions. Amontons' laws of friction have remained with us to this day as a very good working approximation."

It'd probably be less counterintuitive if we could see the microscopic texture of surfaces. Imagine a flat perfectly smooth metal plate. It's flat and perfectly smooth, right? If you think so, you've never seen a micrograph of a flat perfectly smooth plate. It's actually scratched and pitted, like a mountain range in the small.

Now imagine a couple of mountain ranges on plates. Turn one over and put it onto the other. The actual contacts will be parts of the various peaks of the two plates onto whatever part of the other plate happens to match the peak. Those peaks — asperities, the tribologists call them — are where the friction occurs, not, obviously, in the valleys where there is no contact. Press them harder and you'd get more actual contact as the asperities bend under the pressure.

If you take another pair of mountain ranges/plates of twice the area and pressed them together with the same pressure, the actual contact area of asperities wouldn't change. You'd have the same number of asperities in contact, but further apart, in the larger plates. Only additional pressure would change the true contact area.

That, in a nutshell, is the model that people use to make sense of the experimental fact that F=μN: friction F is proportional to the force N pressing two surfaces together, with proportionality constant μ. (Apparent) area of contact does not enter into it.

Sometimes people object that the above model may be satisfactory for rigid materials like metals, but rubber would flow into the valleys and you'd get better contact. They miss the fact that rubber at the microscopic scale is quite as irregular as metals are. Pressing rubber onto an irregular surface such as pavement will indeed result in greater area of actual contact (as opposed to the apparent macroscopic area) than might be the case with a metal on pavement, but that contact is still between irregular surfaces; there will still be plenty of gaps in contact. Reducing the gaps can be achieved by pressing harder, which will result in more friction — just as the equation F=μN predicts.

That's the model, anyway. How well does it match the reality of rubber friction? A careful reading of Robert Horigan Smith's book Analyzing Friction in the Design of Rubber Products and Their Paired Surfaces (2008, CRC Press) appears to indicate that rubber friction has more components than the single one of adhesion, which is what F=μN models, but that any departures from that model are minor and lost in the noise of real-world tires and pavement. Smith analyzes the published literature of rubber friction and concludes that rubber friction arises from 4 sources. One is due to the wear of the rubber, which is undetectable in non-sliding situations such as tires rolling on pavement. Two others he calls microhysteresis and macrohysteresis, which arise from the not-quite-elastic deformation of the rubber. They are very minor in comparison to the fourth source, adhesive friction, just what is modeled by the above two classical laws of friction.

Smith argues that engineers concerned with rubber friction — tires, shoes, automotive fan belts — who neglect the hysteresis forces are missing a significant design tool. But by far the dominant contributor to tire friction is adhesion, which is well-described by the two classical laws of friction: It's proportional to the force pressing the rubber to the road, and independent of apparent contact area.

With this information and no more, we can understand two important facets of motorcycle operation. The first law, that friction (which we call traction in the context of tires on road) increases as weight increases, explains why the front brake on a motorcycle (and a car for that matter) is so much more effective than the rear brake. As you slow a vehicle, the weight transfers to the front. We all recognize this; it's why the bag of groceries on the seat slides onto the floor when you get hard on the brakes. So the front tire is now carrying more load than it was; thus it now has more traction than it did. The opposite is happening at the rear: The rear tire is now lighter than it was, and so has less traction. The harder you brake the more the weight and hence the traction transfers forward.

Everyone knows that you have less traction in a lean than when the motorcycle is straight up and down. This is because, in a lean, there's less rubber on the road.

Right? Well, if you've been paying attention, you'll realize that what everyone knows, is wrong. The second law says that friction is independent of contact area. That implies that, if the traction is indeed less, it isn't because there's less rubber on the road. The second law says that the amount of rubber on the road is not relevant. (It's interesting to me that people who know what everyone knows always overlook the fact that there isn't less rubber on the road in a lean. Motorcycle tires are round. The amount of rubber on the road is the same whether the motorcycle is straight up and down or leaned over.)

So what everyone knows about why there's less traction in a lean, is wrong. Maybe everyone is wrong about the reduced traction as well? They are. The first law says that the friction between two surfaces is dependent only on the force pressing them together; in our application, that's the weight of the motorcycle. Does the motorcycle weigh less in a lean than straight up and down? Of course not; if that were true, we could lose weight simply by leaning over.

Ok, so we've concluded that the amount of traction in a lean is exactly the same as when straight. So what's the origin of this myth? It's certainly true that if I'm leaned far over and apply much braking I'll lose traction and slide. What's the deal, if there's just as much traction in a lean as straight? The explanation is that one's available traction has to be shared between the various users of traction. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has a good image in their experienced rider course book. The total traction available is represented as an oval or circle, and the things which use traction are partitioned in it.

So with this in mind, it's not hard to understand why we can't brake hard while in a lean. When cornering hard, most of our traction is being used for turning, with some for acceleration, and little or none for braking.

The size of the circle is the same because we have the same amount of traction as we did while straight, just as the first law requires. Much of our traction is used in cornering. There's some used in accelerating, if we're on the gas through the curve. Drag at the wheels is always present so I've represented a small amount of traction for that. So what's left over, the white "reserve" sliver, represents all the traction that we have to work with for any emergency, such as braking for an unexpected obstacle or because we went into the corner too fast. It is the small size of the reserve which gives rise to the myth that traction is lacking in curves. Or, if you prefer, it isn't a myth, merely worded differently. The traction which one has to work with in curves is much smaller than that available in a straight line.

So if traction doesn't depend on amount of rubber, how come high-performance tires are so large? Hunh?

To understand this, we have to make the first law more precise. The friction between two surfaces is proportional to the force pressing them together. But the friction between these two surfaces can be quite different from the friction between these other two surfaces, even if the force on them is the same. It's easier to slide a steel plate on pavement than a rubber tire on pavement, even when both are loaded with, say, 5 pounds.

The two laws can be combined into a single equation: F = μW, where F is the friction between two given surfaces, W is the force pressing them together (the weight, in most of our examples), and μ (the Greek letter mu) is a number called the coefficient of friction. This equation says that the friction is a percentage of the total weight on two surfaces, the percentage being given by the coefficient of friction. (That's really just the first law, saying that the friction is proportional to the weight, the constant of proportionality being given by μ. The second law is incorporated by the fact that the area of contact does not appear in the equation.)

The fact that some surfaces are "stickier" than others is reflected in the different coefficients of friction. Steel on pavement has a much lower value of μ than rubber on pavement. And what's more, different rubber compounds have different values of μ. You want more traction? Just use stickier rubber in your tires. A further complication is that the coefficient of friction varies with various physical parameters. For instance, cold rubber is harder and thus less sticky than warm rubber; the same equation applies but μ is lower for the cold rubber. Static friction, the force necessary to start sliding, is greater than the friction created while sliding. In riding, we're concerned with rolling friction, which is somewhere between static and sliding friction. Again, same equation, but three different values of μ.

If you switch to tires with a better coefficient of friction, you'll immediately notice that stickier rubber is also softer; it wears out much more quickly. Motorcyclists accept the need to replace high-performance tires more often than touring-oriented rubber, but the auto types have another option: They can use wider tires to spread the wear over more rubber. And there, finally, is the reason high-performance auto tires are wider. It isn't to get better traction. Better traction comes from stickier rubber. The tires are wider to get acceptable wear from the stickier, softer rubber. (As well as for other things like heat management, rigidity under the stresses of cornering and braking and acceleration, etc.)

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