I read about it on a Honda Shadow forum. They get pretty defensive about it. The only time I've ever seen someone riding "darkside" they turned into a gas station and it went up on the edge of the tire. They say you can get a lot of mileage out of a ct but you better not ride hard in curves.
That's how I feel. I am sticking with motorcycle specific tires, but didn't know if anyone had tried it. I wouldn't want to sacrifice my handling in the turns. going straight is the easy part. I don't think it would be worth saving the money to sacrifice my riding enjoyment in the curves.
I checked this out and noticed that these guys either don't ride very hard, or they are riding a cruiser and don't know how a motorcycle is supposed to handle in a curve anyway. Now way would I try this on the 9'r.
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Dont be so quick to judge unless you've researched it... which most of you quite obviously haven't.
People aren't doing this to their CBRs and 919's, they are doing it to their 600+ LB cruisers which they want to ride for 15-30thousand miles per tire change.
If I ever wanted to ride a boring bike down a boring stretch of road for ever and ever.... hell yeah i'd try it.
This isn't about darwin, it's about the internet peanut gallery slapping themselves on the back and and feeling good about themselves for being able to mock another creative solution hey weren't bright enough to come up with, ballsy enough to test, or intelligent enough to see that it doesn't apply to their situation to begin with.
i've seen it on a big cruiser, but they guy was trying to sell it saying all his friends had been hurt blah blah blah, all the while i'm looking at the rear tire saying well that might have something to do with getting hurt if they were running the same type tire, it wasn't even an expensive tire just a run of the mill cheap like pep boys brand!! but I am quick to judge
Motorbike tire = U : Car tire = l_l Not hard to see how much better the motorbike tire is going to do on the turns. To address the "peanut gallery" comment, most folks who put a giant car tire on the back of their bikes do not do so because they ride 30,000 miles a year. In the custom/cruiser world, having a giant back tire seems to be the "in" thing. Same thing with having a raked out front and giant apehangers. Looks cool to some, but is piss in the performance department. All the high mileage bikes I have EVER seen have regular motorcycle tires on them. CT on bikes are for people who dont ride much.
Seriously? High mileage from a car tire, sure, I can see it. But what kind of fun is it to endlessly ride a motorcycle in a straight line? If I am just going to go from point A to B without any of the fun motorcycles are all about, I'll just take the cage and relax.
Go to the Iron butt rally this year and see how many of them are running car tires. You can't get much more high mileage than those guys.
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Read a blurb once about car tires vs m/c tires once. The big thing seemed to be that car tires have mucho more siping and that makes them too "squirmy" for m/c useage. Or that's why bike tires aint siped.
I'll bite. This is a neat idea that I would try on the 9'er.
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Surely control in the twisties could be mastered with practice. I could even envision more fun with a hard-compound CT, smokin' up the rear, or slidin' around a bit. Plus, when I take my girl off-road, the CT would be a big plus! For me at least, form follows function.