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Just wanted to get a heads up on known working Car tires for the 900. Don't need any discussion on whether darkside is good or bad, we've had that. Just want to know if and who is running what car tire.

Wish I would have thought of this last month before I bought the new Metz for my back tire, but that one will be wearing out early summer SO might as well do my homework now. I would eventually like to get working tires added to the 100% fits Sticky.

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When My current tire wears I will try one, I now have a tire mount machine so I will be able to experiment.

I posted the same question a couple months ago, no responses that anyone had one on a 900.
 

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But I believe in the Dark side thread you are looking at a 195/70 15? There is a tri tread Goodyear 205/70 15 available at Sam's for 92, Mich for 107. I think Rich had posted that a 205-210 would fit the V2k/900 but also mentioned that you really need to take the readings on the bike and go find a tire to fit.

Had you measured that 195 and not a 205?

In short, Comeon Plasma, you're supposed to do ALL my work for me! I have the tire changing equip on the Xmas list.
 

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what tire mount machine did you buy???
 

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Well, if nobody has it on their 900, then that's your contribution to the forum!!! :biggrin:
Give it a try and report the results back to us! :wink:
 

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i wont put a car tire on my m/c ,,i have new tires for the spring new metz,s 130/90/16-f,,,,200/15 for the rear
 

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i wont put a car tire on my m/c
Then you've nothing to offer the thread, thanks for reading. Unless something happens it'll be a while for me. I've less than a thousand on the new Metzler. I have the Harbor Frieght setup ordered but will take it to an shop if I loose the Metz before wear out. I wore the Dunlop out in 5 months, but it's winter so I'll be off the bike more at this time. I'm just doing my homework ahead of time, or hoping someone has done it for me.

If and when I will add it to the 100% fits thread. I need to post on the other forums and see if anyone has done it over there.
 

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Question, I'm new to the world of motorcycles what is the advantage of an auto tire over the use of a tire designed for your bike, cost, wearability?
 

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Read the Dark Side threads. Mostly though, similar performance, cheaper initial cost, exceptionally extended life. I spend the majority of my time upright wearing out the center inch of my tire while the sides were pretty much brand new. Car tire presents a larger upright contact area dramatically increasing tire life by 2 or 3 times as much as a MC tire.
 

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The advantage is just initial cost. Car tires are cheap, MC tires are more expensive. I doubt a car tire will wear as well but it may last longer while you recouperate in the hospital. Using car tires is much like believing in UFO's.... once you are convinced, no amount of arguing will change your mind. Enjoy the ride regardless of the rubber. It remains your choice.
 

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Can we stay on topic here. I need fit info not debate, the other threads are debate. You don't like the idea, just keep clickin.

Fact is, if you want to delete your post to keep this thread on topic, I'll gladly remove my posts as well so we don't end up with 5 pages of debate and one or two suggestions with NO fits.
 

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Yeah, I've been trying to fit my 2006 Nomad it uses a 170 70 16 stockie and am currently running a 180 70 16 ME 880 and have been looking for someone who has done it or knows of a tire that will work with no luck yet.
 

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Yeah, I've been trying to fit my 2006 Nomad it uses a 170 70 16 stockie and am currently running a 180 70 16 ME 880 and have been looking for someone who has done it or knows of a tire that will work with no luck yet.
The Nomad 1600 and 1600 Classic take the same rear tire.
Another user posted a photo of a 205/60-16 Falken on his 1600.

I'll be looking into a Goodyear Tripletread 205 when my E3 wears down.
 

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Good luck finding a tire ...but your more important first problem is going to be modifying or replacing the rims for the tubeless variety.

I think you would have to keep the tire to around 205/55R16 at most ...

An interesting side note, the Mini Cooper uses 195/55R16 ...but I'd guess those are going to be pretty steeply priced.
 

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Good luck finding a tire ...but your more important first problem is going to be modifying or replacing the rims for the tubeless variety.
It's not a problem running a tube in a tubeless tire. You can't go the other way, but honestly, it's been a long time since I've seen a tire that is tube-type only.

There are drawbacks to tubed tires, but those disadvantages are present on cage and MC tires.

You DO want to make sure that you get the proper tube for the new tire though... the stock tube MIGHT be okay, but I would be more comfortable with a larger one.
 

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I did a quick look on google last night and found a couple of tubes for 205/70 15 and that was without going to a motorcycle site. The advantage of running a tube tire which really has just started changing with run flat tires, is when you run over a puncture, you can pull the nail, whatever, pop the bead, fix the tube and get on down the road. You can patch car tires but it usually takes more air preasure to seal the bead than a home compressor has. And not everyone knows to spray a little ether past the bead in the tire and hit it with a flame to seat the bead. A tube you simply air up and it's done. And boy have I done the above procedures growing up with bicycle tires. They're called Honey Locust trees my friends, and if you think they are hell on tires/tubes, just try falling on one. I actually had one take the hat off my head when I was mowing on the golf course, stabbed a thorn right through the front of my baseball cap. Only the female trees have thorns. But they're everywhere.
 

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The advantage is just initial cost. Car tires are cheap, MC tires are more expensive. I doubt a car tire will wear as well but it may last longer while you recouperate in the hospital. Using car tires is much like believing in UFO's.... once you are convinced, no amount of arguing will change your mind. Enjoy the ride regardless of the rubber. It remains your choice.
I believe in UFO's. As I understand from a friend that runs car tire on his Valk., he has better control (going straight, I'm sure) in the rain. Less hydroplaning.
 

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The Nomad 1600 and 1600 Classic take the same rear tire.
Another user posted a photo of a 205/60-16 Falken on his 1600.

I'll be looking into a Goodyear Tripletread 205 when my E3 wears down.

Are you sure about that one? The reason I ask, is that I have a ME 880 180 70 16 on there now and there is not much room between the tire and the shaft! In fact I have a hard time getting my baby finger in between the two. But if it will fit...that's right on!!! Do you know of the link or have the photo's?

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