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Old 08-29-2011, 04:59 PM
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Can you mount a car tire to a bike rim?

Relax its not for a bike...I have a customer looking to have a reverse trike built...Would be a single rear tire and wants to use a car tire if he can...anybody done it?
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ive done the opposite, put a mc tire on a car rim so I dont see why you couldnt do it the other way.
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:08 PM
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yes the Triumph and Goldwing guys do it regularly just gotta match the width up to the rec. width from the tyre you are running
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Sounds good...thanks
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:29 AM
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Yep, I run a 205/55/16 on my cruiser.

The two big factors you have to consider is the rim width and clearance with the rear fender and swingarm.

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Old 08-30-2011, 09:03 AM
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aren't a car tires squared off dimensions and inflexible sidewall a detriment as a motorcycle tire?
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:26 AM
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short answer is yes it can be and has been done, I have seen a few custom bikes with a car tyre on the rear, as you have rightly stated it compromises the ride quality and handling due to the shape of the tyre.
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Actually it's not a bad riding tire as much as it is a bit different.

And it takes only a short time (minutes) to get used to it.

It feels much more stable on the road as opposed to a m/c tire.

Actually the sidewall is more flexible than a m/c tire and has a higher load capacity than the m/c tire.

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Old 08-31-2011, 09:55 AM
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Cornering is where you'll notice the biggest difference, especially if you use a harder compound tire.
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