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Car tires on a motorcycle?

I was just reading about this and how some riders have went to the "Dark side" so they can get tires that last a lot longer.

I was shocked by this. Motorcycle and car tires are shaped vastly different. I just wouldn't do it.

What do you all think?
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After 10k miles on it, I would do it again.

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After 10k miles on it, I would do it again.
What tire are you running and why? How does it affect ride/handling?

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What tire are you running and why? How does it affect ride/handling?
Running a General Altimax HP (now discontinued) 195/65R15. I checked on Darkside Data Base to see what everyone else was running, this way I know what fits. I was concerned on my first ride after mounting it not knowing what to expect. Going into a turn, it seemed like a heavier bike, had to lean into it more. After riding about 10 miles, it felt normal. Where I find the biggest improvement is when I have to ride on tar snakes and chain link bridges (have a lot around my area). I used to try to avoid them, now I hardly notice. It's so funny when I ride with friends on the bridges and they try their best to keep straight and I have no problem. I can still have fun on the twisties grinding the pegs. I've taken it up to 100 mph (not on a regular basis) without any concerns or issues. My tire is currently at 6/32, so I guess in another 10k I'll need to look for another car tire to mount up.
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I would NEVER do it !
Car tires are not made for bikes. A car has no leaning angle, the tires cannot handle that.
O.k. cruisers don't have much leaning angle, but at least I use whats available. With a car tire,
the bike could suddely flip to the inner side. Some folks just want to save money, I'm sorry, my
life is more valuable than a set of good tires.
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....... A car has no leaning angle, the tires cannot handle that........
A car can slide sideways without a tire failure unless it hits something. How much force is there?


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........With a car tire, the bike could suddely flip to the inner side......
Have you ever seen that happen? If that happened, the sudden change would cause an accident. Have there ever been an accident attributed to car tires on bikes? Plenty of Youtube videos showing car tires on bikes in turns....It doesn't happen.

If it's not for you, fine. Don't make up your own facts to support your argument. Show proof not conjecture and I'll listen.

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Not me. I'll stick with motorcycle tires.

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Does anyone have any feedback on Continental MC tires?
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No thanks. I wouldn't feel comfortable with or trust a car tire on my bike. Especially since my rides typically involve a lot of twisties along with heavy acceleration/decel (ex. up/down and around small mountain ridges and hills).
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Many, many, people use Darkside on their cruisers, baggers, and touring bikes. Despite years of reading dire warnings and watching the finger-wagging, and extensive searching, I've yet to read about any accident confirmed directly caused by using a car tire. Frankly, any accident even alluded to as possibly caused by a car tire seems to be a mythical beast.

I have roughly 15k miles on Darkside on my VN2K. That's almost 4x more miles, and still going, than the normal MC tire and I have yet to encounter a situation where I felt unsafe because of the car tire. Yes, I was incredulous too. Then I tried it for myself just to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak.

But, as someone else said, if you are afraid of it don't do it. One must always respect the bike no matter what tire or whatever; but being afraid of your bike, no matter what reason, is not a good place to be.
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