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    dark side

    i went to the dark side on my ctx 700 the tire size is 175/60/17 v rated i know the world will come to a end and there will be hate mail but i,ve dark sided on a lot of big bike,s my victory cross road,s had 26000 mile,s on a car tire when i triked it it,s not for every body take,s a few mile,s to get used to how the bike handel,s but i prefer it.the tire mounted easy and it went on the bike easy has 3/4 inch clearance on the chain and about the same on the swing arm i ran 38 pd.on the air for 50 mile,s droped that too 32 ride,s and handel,s good Name:  20180419_182655.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by ron gerhart View Post
    i know the world will come to a end and there will be hate mail
    Yeah, you're probably right about that. Hang on, let me grab some popcorn. LOL!
    2014 Honda CTX700ND, "Flicker"
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    Cruisers: Victory Cross Roads, Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic, Suzuki Boulevard C50, Suzuki Marauder 800
    Scooters: Suzuki Burgman 650, Suzuki Burgman 400, Honda Elite 80

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    you know it

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    do you have the dct? I was thinking about doing a car tire but heard it can not be done becuase of the DCT. Or can it?

    now all you have to do is find a rear mc tire in the right (front) size, and put that on the front backwards. And you will be all set.

    I did the rear tire on the front on my Nomad, but not a car tire on the rear.

    And Woodswoman, you worry about matching set....lol.

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    i dont think it will matter on your DCT i have the 6 speed standard the rpm,s and speed is the same i topped the fuel off today rode 46 mile,s befor it dropped the first bar on the gauge so it,s getting a little better fuel mileage

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    Thanks for posting something that you know you might get some grief over and keep it up. Enjoyed the trailer posts. You apparently have the riding experience and mechanical aptitude to understand what you are doing and made a risk verse reward decision to explore the dark side on the CTX. Although a bike tire is superior in some ways the car tire is superior in others. I would imagine when you stand on the rear brake the bike comes to a clear and sudden stop like no other with double the contact patch of the bike rear tire in the vertical position. One angle you may want to explore with a lawyer that specifically deals with denied insurance claims that you may have already considered is if you plow into and total a brand new $125,000.00 Mercedes and are sued, will your insurance company use the fact that you have a car tire on the bike to refuse to pay the claim?
    CTX700ND DCT/ABS

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    i talked to my agent about this he refered me to his superviser as long as the tire is dot and not over loaded and has the speed rateing to match the capable speed of the bike he could see no problem with my choice of tire most tire,s have a utog of 3 time,s the weight of the bike

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    Sounds like you have all of the bases covered. I have read about people doing this on scooters and gold wings for years now. I just searched the “World Wide Web” for any claims of people crashing and burning, being injured or maimed in any way by running a car tire and I cant find a single one after all these years across the entire planet. Be sure and post a picture when you hit 30,000 miles on it although I think you will end up replacing it sooner due to dry rot or UV degradation before you wear the thing out.
    CTX700ND DCT/ABS

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    if it only makes it to 20000 miles i,ll be happy . every bike is differant size, weight , handeling everybody rides in many ways my goldwing car tire ran 24000 mile,s . the victory had about the same when i triked it . i sold the rear wheel and tire to a guy with a victory cross country no telling how long he will run it , it had about70% of tread left on it.

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    I've been on the dark side for close to 20,000 miles. I used an Achilles 175/55R17 as it is ~ the same diameter as the 160/60ZR17. With the sidecar I only got 3,050 miles out of the original tire. The first Achilles lasted 16,469. Additionally, I should note that I've gone double dark - mounted a Bridgestone BT-45 Battlax Rear 130/70-17 tire (in reverse) on the front. It has 12,625 miles and still looks good.
    Fred
    Last edited by dyenfd; 04-21-2018 at 10:07 AM.

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