After spending the last couple of winters riding in the south, I am home in Montana this winter season. My Honda VTX 1300 with sidecar has been riding very well with a car tire on the rear wheel. I'm looking for help in finding a studded car tire for the winter months. Anyone have experience running a studded tire on the rear wheel? Any help / suggestions appreciated. Thanks
Posted 12/7/2016 2:19 PM (#91654 - in reply to #91653) Subject: Re: Studded snow tires
Location: hailey, Idaho
I've had 2 winters running studded car snow tires in Idaho. What do you need to know. You won't get much help from the bike shops or the tire stores. Pretty much a do it yourself. I hope you don't have a 15" rear rim. That"s the only rim that is incompatible with car tires. Once you get set up, you get to accumulate a very large cold weather wardrobe that will take up most of the room in your sidecar. By the way, it's my favorite riding season.
Posted 12/7/2016 2:43 PM (#91655 - in reply to #91653) Subject: Re: Studded snow tires
Hey Mark in Idaho, the car tire on the rear wheel says 205 65 R15
I did the Iron Butt Association 48x10 with the same Pirelli tire and rode 12,000 miles on it.
This one has about 7000 miles
Bill Ryder, who takes care of bike and sidecar found these tires for me and thinks he can locate a studded tire too.
Do the studs change the dynamics of the rig?
I just turned 82 and have put 74,000 miles on my rig since my wife died two and a half years ago
It's been a great ride and I am looking forward to a ride with the studded tire if I can work it out.
Thanks again for the help.
Posted 12/7/2016 5:46 PM (#91657 - in reply to #91653) Subject: Re: Studded snow tires
Location: San Isidro de Heredia, Costa Rica
In Norway December 1986 I had studs front and back (not in S/C) into normal bike knobbies...well worth it!
less spinning. reasonable driving and for years my (unleagal) spare in winter...did help a lot.
When you go spuds on the back, better do it in the front too.
Snow chain does great but might do bad damage to the bike. I used various times as emergency snow chain simple rope, it got me through the deep white stuff back onto the plowed road often enough.
Anyway a pair of long ski in the s/c serves as good dinghi!
Posted 12/24/2016 9:59 AM (#91811 - in reply to #91655) Subject: Re: Studded snow tires
Location: hailey, Idaho
I took the rig out for a ride up Galena Pass last week. Studs front and back. The last turn to the top was a wide 180 degree sweeper . I was drifting up the whole turn and it felt rock solid. I don't know how fast I was going, but my truck could never match it.