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PC800 Darksider-That Car Tire Guy
Written by shotcoy on 6/24/2009 at 11:52 pm

John: On mounting a rear tire backwards on the front of a PC:
The Pros: Advertised Tread depths & Prices:
Dunlop K555 Front-6/32" & $79.99
Metzler ME880 Front-5/32" & $131.99
Bridgestone Battlax BT45 Rear-9/32" & $68.99
Prices listed are from a major discount online retailer(I'm not going to mention
it for fear of being banned...Would I be banned?)
The Con's: "Thinking Outside the Box"(Whoops..maybe that's a Pro)
The reasons should be obvious. A lower priced tire with at least 50% more tread
depth for longer anticipated wear(I think the Goldwingers have already proved
this).
The tire is mounted backwards to take advantage of the manufacturer's design. A
rear tire is designed to perform mostly under acceleration loads. A front tire
is designed primarily for braking loads. It is my understanding it involves the
way the cords are wrapped during the manufacture of the tire. That is the reason
the rear tire is mounted backwards on the front. Also, I like a tire with a rib
in the middle as a wear indicator. The Dunlop & Bridgestone both have this
feature. Also note that the Bridgestone's size is the same as the other 2. As
Always....Enjoy fun & safe riding!!





--- In ipcrc@yahoogroups.com, "John" <turbo.john@...> wrote:
>
> Welcome shotcoy! Thanks for the pics of the CT on your PC!! Would you or
someone explain the pros and cons of putting a rear tire-backwards on the front
of the PC.
>
> John
> 89PC
> Naked Front Wheel
>
> --- In ipcrc@yahoogroups.com, "shotcoy" <shotcoy@> wrote:
> >
> > Delete the comma from the end of the lifeisaroad website to get to it(very
interesting and comical reading) and put an http:// in front of the
cartiresonmotorcycles.com . Also, I figured out how and started a photo album
called PC800 Darksider.....with a couple of pics of my PC with the CT on the
back and the balancing bb's that I used. Also mounted a Brigestone Battlax
BT-45(OEM sized-120/80H-17) rear tire backwards on the front of my PC a couple
of days ago, once again balanced with the airsoft bb's. Going great thus far. I
have been called a maverick by the dorkster. I'm sure others would call me no
more than a copycat, because I'm only doing what they are doing with their
Goldwings,Valkries, etc. and applying it to my PC. It certainly isn't rocket
science observing what others have sucessfully done and then applying it to your
own application/situation. As always....have fun and safe riding!!--- In
ipcrc@yahoogroups.com, "shotcoy" <shotcoy@> wrote:
> > >
> > > About the 1st of May, 2009 my brother told me of a buddy of his that was
going to mount a car tire on a motorcycle. I immediately dismissed it as
reckless and stupid. About 3 weeks later, I was speaking to a
knowledgable(250,000+ motorcycle miles)friend who was talking about putting a
car tire(CT) on the rear of his Goldwing. He told me of several informative
websites on this
matter(http://lifeisaroad.com/stories/2004/10/27/theDarkSide.html,
cartiresonmotorcycles.com[I especially like the videos],
http://darkside.nwff.info/index.php). I was in dire need of a new rear tire for
my PC800. I surfed/researched these and other web sites for a couple of days.
Then on May 24, I "took the plunge" and joined the Darkside(mounting a CT on a
MC). I mounted a BFGoodrich Radial TA P155/80R-15 balanced with airsoft bb's on
the back of my PC. I have since rode 2,200 of the smoothest miles ever. Have
scraped both pegs numerous times. No problem!!
> > > I challenge anyone wanting to respond to this post to first view the
above mentioned websites(all 3), so as to at least have some understanding of
what many others have learned.
> > > Don't get me wrong!! CT's on MC's is not for everybody and/or every MC.
However, there can be no question that it does have merit for some people/MC's.
Luvin' my new CT! Wishing you fun and safe riding!! Can't figure out how to
attach pics! Please advise!
> > >
> >
>

Message Thread for message #85457

shotcoy
6/23/2009, 07:55 pm
PC800 Darksider-That Car Tire Guy
About the 1st of May, 2009 my brother told me of a buddy of his that was going to mount a car tire on a motorcycle. I immediately dismissed it as reckless and stupid. About 3 weeks later, I was speaking to a knowledgable(250,000+ motorcycle m

    shotcoy
    6/24/2009, 07:56 pm
    PC800 Darksider-That Car Tire Guy
    Delete the comma from the end of the lifeisaroad website to get to it(very interesting and comical reading) and put an http:// in front of the cartiresonmotorcycles.com . Also, I figured out how and started a photo album called PC800 Darkside

      turbojohn231
      6/24/2009, 09:58 pm
      PC800 Darksider-That Car Tire Guy
      Welcome shotcoy! Thanks for the pics of the CT on your PC!! Would you or someone explain the pros and cons of putting a rear tire-backwards on the front of the PC. John 89PC Naked Front Wheel --- In

        shotcoy
        6/24/2009, 11:52 pm
        PC800 Darksider-That Car Tire Guy
        John: On mounting a rear tire backwards on the front of a PC: The Pros: Advertised Tread depths & Prices: Dunlop K555 Front-6/32" & $79.99 Metzler ME880 Front-5/32" & $131.99 Bridgestone Battlax BT45 Rear-9/32" &

        rocker8585
        2/19/2011, 05:08 pm
        PC800 Darksider-That Car Tire Guy
        I want to know what people find to be the best brand model and size of car tire they have used so far on their pc. I am looking for long lasting and predictable on the road. thanks! --- In

          timdearborn
          2/20/2011, 01:27 am
          PC800 Darksider-That Car Tire Guy
          The brand and size mentioned in the O.P - BFGoodrich Radial TA P155/80R-15 - is the only one I have heard people using. I just got my first C.T. a few days ago. Now, if I can find a shop that will mount it for me... -Tim Dearborn Blue

          shotcoy
          2/21/2011, 03:29 am
          PC800 Darksider-That Car Tire Guy
          Slash: Well...it seems you have already found some of the car tire information. See post # 99026 for my end of second season report. It seems there are now about 10 people running this BFG car tire on the back of their pc800. There was a

    mlmiller1959
    6/24/2009, 08:15 pm
    PC800 Darksider-That Car Tire Guy
    I would agree with those who might think it worth the risk to mount a CT on a cruiser, taking in mind the relatively low amount of lean angle, anyway.? I have read?the stuff you cite and particularly the lifeisaroad guy, who seems to have acc

      shotcoy
      6/24/2009, 08:41 pm
      PC800 Darksider-That Car Tire Guy
      Well....like I said... I have scraped the pegs numerous times. What I did not say is that I have not yet run on the sidewall(FYI-Now I'm saying it. I have not yet run on the sidewall). On the balancing bb's: I use the .28gram superheavyweight

        russo91
        6/24/2009, 10:59 pm
        PC800 Darksider-That Car Tire Guy
        I don't plan on doing the CT thing, but I am curious: How do you use BBs to balance the tire? Do you just chuck a few in before it goes on the rim? Don't they all just go all over in there and spun to the interior of the treadwall? Wild.

          shotcoy
          6/25/2009, 12:00 am
          PC800 Darksider-That Car Tire Guy
          Chuck(aka russo): The bb's are inserted(aka-chucked in) after mounting the tire, just prior to airing it up and seating the bead. Enjoy fun & safe riding!!! --- In

          pc800dork
          6/25/2009, 12:01 am
          PC800 Darksider-That Car Tire Guy
          They are the same as Dyna Beads. www.innovativebalancing.com They work great for me too, but many here consider them "snake-oil". Make up your own mind, don't let a few naysayers keep you from finding out for yourself.

            swiftsadie
            6/25/2009, 12:07 am
            PC800 Darksider-That Car Tire Guy
            My motor home (used) came with some kind of "balance discs" (using the same principle as the dyna beads). They are on all three axles and we ride very nicely. Dick MacInnes

    israel_96gtp
    6/25/2009, 12:29 am
    PC800 Darksider-That Car Tire Guy
    I have run Dynabeads in my dually, rode like it was on glass, perfect balancing every time. I run large chunk of airsoft plastic bb's in each of my 36" Super Swamper (bias) SX's on the Jeep and they do a good job of keeping the beats fai