Author Topic: finally did it, car tire on a C14  (Read 34664 times)

Offline roland

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finally did it, car tire on a C14
« on: December 30, 2011, 08:39:55 am »
Ok let the flaming begin... I went to darkside and put a car tire on the 09 Concours!
Found a brand new 205/40/17 Nexen tire for $25.00, tire is a little shorter than the
stock tire but fits fine. I was worried about hitting the drive shaft cover on the left
side but no problems.... Dont get me wrong, it was a bitch to get on the rim. the 40 profile
sidewall was really stiff but after some time we got it mounted...
Did a 175 mi. loop Wednesday with a friend and the more I rode the better I liked :)
Rpm came up about 300 spedo is 3mph fast (65is actually 62),
but that is fine I just get into od sooner and the
bike really pulls stronger than before... Gearing change from the shorter tire...Hopfully I can
get pictures to load and you can see the install.
Al In New Bern.
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Re: finally did it
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2011, 08:44:16 am »
I see many posts on many boards about car tires (darkside) I have never asked but guess it is time


WHY
smoother ride. better traction. cheaper
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Re: finally did it
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2011, 08:48:29 am »
When I see a car tire on a MotoGP bike I'll try one.
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Re: finally did it
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2011, 08:56:20 am »
I see many posts on many boards about car tires (darkside) I have never asked but guess it is time


WHY
smoother ride. better traction. cheaper

Better traction, in a straight line on the drag strip.  Leaned?  No.

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Re: finally did it
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2011, 09:02:22 am »
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Re: finally did it
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2011, 09:03:10 am »
I have never asked but guess it is time,
WHY
smoother ride. better traction. cheaper

From all I've read, and with many friends who have done their homework and put them on GoldWings, Harleys, FJR's, Vulcans, etc. it comes down to one overriding reason - MILEAGE.

If fitment is reasonable, if size and radius are good fits, and IF the person can come to grips with the the different ride and handling characteristics, the payoff in cheap initial tire cost and quadruple mileage make it an easy decision for some.
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Re: finally did it
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2011, 09:13:52 am »
From all I've read, and with many friends who have done their homework and put them on GoldWings, Harleys, FJR's, Vulcans, etc. it comes down to one overriding reason - MILEAGE.

If fitment is reasonable, if size and radius are good fits, and IF the person can come to grips with the the different ride and handling characteristics, the payoff in cheap initial tire cost and quadruple mileage make it an easy decision for some.

thanks for the info. I have seen many people use them but have never checked to see why?

I guess when I can not come to grips with the price of tires I will have to stop riding. I got my new C14 a couple months ago and have spent 3k worth of stuff for it so I guess right now the tires are still cheap.

thanks again for the info
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Re: finally did it
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2011, 09:27:26 am »
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Good thing Fred isn't on this forum anymore...  ;)

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Re: finally did it
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2011, 09:28:07 am »
I got a great deal on this tire of $25, full price is $96. The main reason I did this is economics... Tired of buying tires every 4500mi. All I do is commute to and from work and trips with my Wife and friends... I did lots of research and no one on any of the connie forums has done this on the c14. Well I will be the "crash test dummy" hopfully without the crash. So far so good. I will keep you posted.  ;)

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Re: finally did it
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2011, 09:30:51 am »
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Good thing Fred isn't on this forum anymore...  ;)

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Re: finally did it
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2011, 09:31:14 am »
Fred is a good guy, just a little openionated at times, This forum is way cooler thank Godness.

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Re: finally did it
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2011, 09:46:10 am »
I got a great deal on this tire of $25, full price is $96. The main reason I did this is economics... Tired of buying tires every 4500mi. All I do is commute to and from work and trips with my Wife and friends... I did lots of research and no one on any of the connie forums has done this on the c14. Well I will be the "crash test dummy" hopfully without the crash. So far so good. I will keep you posted.  ;)

Its been done, but due to the board crash all the info is bit-bucketed.  The common thread was its not worth the "unknowns" for the amount of money being saved.  There is definitely a reason a motorcycle tire is designed the way it is versus a car tire.  Traction/Stability/Capability.  Saving a few hundred dollars a year is not worth loosing the years that went into designing a motorcycle tire.  We spend alot of $$$ on safety and convenience, I just don't see compromising in the most important safety component on the motorcycle...the tires.

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Re: finally did it
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2011, 09:47:23 am »
Roland, I've got to agree with Fred on this but good luck and keep us informed. I noticed you've got a low post count so welcome to the Forum.
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Re: finally did it
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2011, 09:55:17 am »
Just curious, is that tire "V" rated?
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Re: finally did it
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2011, 10:00:30 am »
There is definitely a reason a motorcycle tire is designed the way it is versus a car tire. 

Cars do not lean and ride on the side of their [square] tires.  The geometries and design functions are TOTALLY different.  I think putting a car tire on a bike is a horrible, unwise, and unsafe maneuver.   ESPECIALLY on a sporty bike, like the Concours.
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