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As a winter experiment, a car tire on the rear of my Vee was a total success with the exception to the slimey salty conditions it allowed me to ride in and the resulting corrosion

I've gone thru the progression of riding a streetbike in winter, first with knobby treads, then studded knobbys, now studded knobby in front w unstudded winter car tire in back, I will go anywhere with my bike that I will go with my 4wd Jeep Cherokee, any conditions, snow, sleet, freezing rain

enuf of winter, my darkside experiment although originally intended that it would be winter only until after my tire was mounted, they told me to get another wheel if I wanted to go back to a bike tire in the spring and I haven't snaged a spare wheel yet

right now I'm running the CT in back and in front, a TKC80 with about 35-40% tread, gravel road riding is awesome, even loose freshly graded, I can clip right along, I find myself in corners sometimes crossed up like a flat tracker :mrgreen: in mud, front tire is the limitation, the rear gets such good traction, its easy to push the front tire faster than the mud will alow it to roll

but sadly to say on pavment, in the twisties, I'd rather have a bike tire, not that the CT doesn't perform more than adequately, and I think, the think I don't like about it has really anything to do with the fact that its a car tire, I think that if I put a 200/50-17 or 210/50-17 bike tire, I'd be as equally disapointed, the wide tire just makes the Vee handle a bit cruiserish :beatnik: is that a word, unfortunately there are no skinny car tires in 17" the narrowest ones 185s & 195s are only 35/40/45 height, wouldn't protect the wheel from potholes and would loose a couple inches ground clearance

but sport riding on pavment is 2-3% of my riding at most, I'm keeping my eye out for a spare wheel, maybe 2, one for a bike tire one for a studded winter tire and another for an unstudded winter tire, spare wheels for the front as well , ya see how this can get eeekspensive quick,

another alternative is to get a wider bandit wheel as a spare , work some spacer magic, I'm going to loook into this one further, a bandit wheel width is within the range spec'd for the car tire I would feel more comfortable if it wasn't pinched so much, but maybe cause it is pinched, is the only reason it clears the chain by less than 1/8 inch

I might add, with new suspenders, my Vee is better ride & handling than ever before, so theres a whole new excitement about the sport riding capabilities of the Vee



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Wow.

Just wow.

I'm just gonna say it because it's got to be said. Car tires do not belong on motorcycles. But then again you're clearly not a conventional guy.
 

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What size do you use? What clearance does it have with swing arm and everything? How easy does it fit in, or you used a service?
 

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What size do you use? What clearance does it have with swing arm and everything? How easy does it fit in, or you used a service?
that was all covered in my original thread but for simplicity, it's a General Altimax Artic 205/50-17 tread width is a shade over 8inches, its intended for a 5½-7½" rim width, I got it pinched on to the stock 4" v-strom rear wheel, not even clost to the swingarm, clears my 530 chain by just less than 1/8", not sure if you get a little more clearance with the stock 525 chain

tire mounted easily but needed to used bead seal (I'm havin to do it with bike tires too, part of my corrosion issues from riding in winter) breakin it down to put the bead seal on wasn't so easy





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At the time I was interested in riding car tires on motorcycle I have not found anything narrower 205, which I declined considering it iffy. Apparently I was wrong and it worth a try. Just wanted to be sure that 200 – 205 is actually no problem, and nothing narrower has emerged.
 

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Coker Tire may have some 17" radials that are both narrower and taller - made for previous generations of vintage sports cars. They may be tube-type radials, but then prior generations of bikes all used tubes, right?
 

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Wow.

Just wow.

I'm just gonna say it because it's got to be said. Car tires do not belong on motorcycles. But then again you're clearly not a conventional guy.


I disagree.....Motorcycle tires are overpriced specialty items designed to work on tracks...... hardly suitable for the everyday rider...
 

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