Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Central Indiana
Back from the darkside
After many heated discussions about CT vs MT, I come to the forum with my hat in my hands and my head held low. I decided to go back to a motorcycle tire after 10,000 miles on a car tire. I thought I would have gotten more miles out of my beloved General Altimax, but at 10k miles, I noticed I was geting close to the wear bars. I could have gotten a lot more miles out of it, but my stepson and I are going to Deals Gap at the end of the month,(1,000+ mile journey) and I didn't want to risk problems. So, I ordered and installed a Shinko 777 rear tire.
I can't say there is anything inherently wrong with a car tire on a motorcycle. I don't think anybody will crash and die in a ball of flames by using a car tire on their motorcycle. The only flames I saw came from the forums. As a matter of fact, I may try it again in the future, but with a different tire.
I absolutely LOVED the tire when I first had it installed. I feltl like I could take corners like never before. My wife even commented on how much faster I was going in the curve. I went with a 205 width because that is what everybody else was using. I think that is too wide. If I ever go darkside again, I will use a narrower tire. What I didn't like is, as it started to wear, it felt more difficult to navigate turns. It seemed to require more input to get it to lean into the curves. Granted, I kept the pressure at ~40-42psi, and I think a lot of people keep it a lot lower. I felt like it was too "squishy" at anything less than that, especially two up, but that may have led to the pre-mature wearing in the center of the tire. The tread on the outer edges still had a lot of life left, but the center was wearing too quickly for me.
Something else I noticed after I got the tire off, is that the left side of the car tire was wearing more than the right side. I haven't a clue what would cause this. Maybe I am doing something wrong??
Speaking of taking the tire off, HOLY CRAP!!! I finally cut the damn tire aout an inch away from the bead, all the way around the tire, just to get it off the rim withut damaging it. NOT fun!!!
After installing the Shinko, I was amazed at how easy it was to lay into a turn. Like I said, if my CT would have been narrower, it may have been easier to lay into the curve.
All in all, I can not say that a car tire is the way to go, nor can I say it is NOT the way to go. Each person has to evaluate their situation to see if it woud be a viable option. I guess that's the point.....you have options.