Convert bike tire to car tire
johnnieg2756
Posted 7/8/2015 4:16 PM (#85279)
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I've spent some time trying to find a car tire that will replace the rear tire on my 1998 Harley Ultra. It is a 130/90/16 and I can't find a car tire that I can replace it with. Been to the dark side forum plus many tire conversion charts. Any help would be appreciated. I am running a hack on this bike of course.
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CCjon
Posted 7/8/2015 7:13 PM (#85281 - in reply to #85279)
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johnnieg2756 - 7/8/2015 3:16 PM

I've spent some time trying to find a car tire that will replace the rear tire on my 1998 Harley Ultra. It is a 130/90/16 and I can't find a car tire that I can replace it with. Been to the dark side forum plus many tire conversion charts. Any help would be appreciated. I am running a hack on this bike of course.
Johnnieg


Johnnieg,

Try www.tirerack.com, just looked, there are three tires 135/90-16, from $89 to $150 each. They also have 125/90-16 sizes.

CCjon




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IndSlim
Posted 7/8/2015 8:19 PM (#85282 - in reply to #85281)
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CCjon - 7/8/2015 7:13 PM

johnnieg2756 - 7/8/2015 3:16 PM

I've spent some time trying to find a car tire that will replace the rear tire on my 1998 Harley Ultra. It is a 130/90/16 and I can't find a car tire that I can replace it with. Been to the dark side forum plus many tire conversion charts. Any help would be appreciated. I am running a hack on this bike of course.
Johnnieg


Johnnieg,

Try www.tirerack.com, just looked, there are three tires 135/90-16, from $89 to $150 each. They also have 125/90-16 sizes.

CCjon




Interesting. I've done the same reading on the subject for my '98 FLTR............ Seems the consensus is that nothing will work.
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SwampFox
Posted 7/9/2015 8:02 AM (#85289 - in reply to #85279)
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johnnieg2756 - 7/8/2015 4:16 PM

I've spent some time trying to find a car tire that will replace the rear tire on my 1998 Harley Ultra. It is a 130/90/16 and I can't find a car tire that I can replace it with. Been to the dark side forum plus many tire conversion charts. Any help would be appreciated. I am running a hack on this bike of course.
Johnnieg


Unfortunately, the only automobile type tires I've found to fit on the skinny HD 16" rear wheels are temporary/compact spare tires designed for temporary use only with shallower tread depth and lighter-weight construction generally requiring 60 psi cold tire inflation with driving speeds restricted to 50 mph.
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johnnieg2756
Posted 7/9/2015 11:08 AM (#85290 - in reply to #85289)
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I've been calling local tire shops and they are telling me the same thing. The 135/90/16 tires are spare tires. I think I'll have to give up and bite the big one although Micheline 880 might give me more mileage but not sure.
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IndSlim
Posted 7/9/2015 11:41 AM (#85291 - in reply to #85290)
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880 is a Metzeler tire. Been running them for years. My next rear will probably be a Michelin Commander, which is reported to give higher mileage.

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Hack'n
Posted 7/9/2015 12:23 PM (#85293 - in reply to #85279)
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The 880's are great tires for rain, but the deep tread pattern is deceptive. They have very soft tread rubber and don't last nearly as long as the Dunlop E3.

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bluehdmc
Posted 7/11/2015 2:17 AM (#85324 - in reply to #85279)
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I was going to try one of these, if it fits under the fender:http://www.ebay.com/itm/281310921283?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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dawg gone
Posted 7/11/2015 12:28 PM (#85327 - in reply to #85324)
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I have a175 /16 taxi tire on my '07 Eglide enough room for 2 credit cards on each side between tire and finder it did rub the wiring harness and I relocated it to outside the finder
the tire is taller and will decrease the the number of turns the motor makes less power on take off and speedometer will read 5+ mph slower.

I have a 175/60/16 Goodyear assurance from discount tire, had to order and got it in one day, on my '07 Heritage tire is shorter than stock tire fits under just a little better and both mounted easily on the wheels. being shorter you lose about 4 mph on the speedometer and a bit of help on starting from stop.

both tires perform great do not get stuck in wet grass like the worn H/D tire
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Doug Hasert
Posted 7/12/2015 12:49 AM (#85341 - in reply to #85279)
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I've been using Dunlop Elite 2 and now E3 tires for 30 years on GL1100 .sidecar rigs. I usually get 10-12000 miles on the rear, 140-90-16 , MU90-16 is the Dunlop size.
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jaydmc
Posted 7/13/2015 11:14 AM (#85365 - in reply to #85279)
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The last car tire that was worth running was the old twin tire, in a 125 16, these have not been around for years, nothing made now works well at all.
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phlaug
Posted 7/25/2015 6:41 AM (#85549 - in reply to #85365)
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Jay,

Would you be willing to elaborate please? I'm on 1990 GoldWing with CSC Friendship III and after < 10,000 miles the motorcycle tire I had mounted when I bought the rig is about done, so I was thinking of going dark side.

Is your comment specific to the size the OP was asking about? Or in general?

I know you know your stuff, so I'm not questioning you. I just want to be sure we all understand what your input meant, specifically.

Thanks very much,
Phil
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Hack'n
Posted 7/25/2015 12:46 PM (#85556 - in reply to #85279)
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10K is pretty good mileage for a rear tire on a hack rig.
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jaydmc
Posted 7/27/2015 3:05 PM (#85577 - in reply to #85279)
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My comment was specifically for the Harley size tire. When you can change to an automotive tire it is usually a good thing. For the GL1500 I know of now tire that is not also a bit taller changing your gear ratio making it taller. Tire life is really an issue on the GL1500 so this may be an acceptable trade off for you.
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