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    anybody here use car tires on their sidecar rigs?

    I have a Bonneville with about 4kmi. the tires are getting a bit long in the tooth already. I guess there are car tires in this size. maybe not.

    I understand why they wouldn't use car tires on a 2 wheeler but a trike or a sidecar, i'm guessing should be okay. i'm thinking they should be less expensive and last longer.

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    I'm running a 135/15 car tire on the rear of my BMW rig and and 125/15 on the sidecar. They last a long time.
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    I'm running 195/50 x 16 on all three wheels of my rig, they last much longer than motorcycle tires, however I'm also using auto rims (off a Mini )

    There are some concerns when running car tires on bike rims they are slightly differnet diameters

    Wheel size 15" ________ 16"_________ 17"_________ 18"

    car rim dia 14.968"______15.968"______17.189"______18.189"


    mc rim dia 15.08"______15.978"______17.08"______18.08"

    For some more info see here

    http://www.hpsidecars.com/forum/view...tomobile+tires
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    thanks, gents

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    Smile car tires on sidecar rigs?

    I am so glad that my R1100 w/sidecar was built originally with three auto tires on it. I've ridden it since purchase approximately 10,000 miles and can see no tire wear at all. I also ride a Triumph T100 and were I to hack it I would definitely look into car tires for it. At the very least, I would fine tires with a flat profile on the tread. I thinking that that's probably all that would work on the Triumph. I understand that they tend to last longer as the flat profile puts more tread on the pavement.

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