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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 05:41 AM Thread Starter
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More riders are getting with the program

I almost didn't believe my eyes yesterday when I was at the IBA Florida headquarters. We were standing outside bs'ing and I saw a BMW with a car tire on it. Rider came over to his bike and I told him tic that he would be kicked out of the BMW club for running a ct. He told me back tic, I think, that they had already told him he had to cover his club decals and remove the badges from the bike. That was a first for me. Most of the time it is BMW riders who want to give you the most grief for running a ct.
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Qbird, a former wing now k1600 owner, ran a CT on his BMW. It worked fine for his style of riding (aggressive). Problem he had was the CT caused his front tire to wear out very quickly on one side of the tread, It cut the front tire life in half and eventually abandoned the idea of a CT on a BMW.



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Qbird, a former wing now k1600 owner, ran a CT on his BMW. It worked fine for his style of riding (aggressive). Problem he had was the CT caused his front tire to wear out very quickly on one side of the tread, It cut the front tire life in half and eventually abandoned the idea of a CT on a BMW.
Huh? How's that possible?
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Because of an offset running the CT on the rear, it forced the front tire to ride more on one side of the tread.



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HUH ! ?? OFFSET ? BIKE SHOULD STILL RUN TRUE = STRAIGHT ! MOST I KNOW WITH CT LOSE MILES ON FRONT BECAUSE THEY RUN TWISTIES FASTER WITH CT SO WEARS OUT SIDES MORE ON FRONT TIRE. BT 45 IS REAL BAD ON THAT. YA GUYS NEED TO DO MORE XPLANNING
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Don't know from personal experience about the front tire wear - but would make some sense as the bike with the factory tire - front and rear tires are in alignment, no crabbing whilst going down the road. On the BMW the car tire requires a spacer to offset the rear tire about a 1/4 inch (according to the guy Bob and I talked with at the IBA meet on Thursday). So - if the rear is offset from an aligned front/rear tracking - then the bike will have to crab slightly to keep driving in a straight line - therefore the tire will wear more rapidly.


Now whether or not that is the actual reason - don't know - just looking at it from an engineering point of view.
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Don't know from personal experience about the front tire wear - but would make some sense as the bike with the factory tire - front and rear tires are in alignment, no crabbing whilst going down the road. On the BMW the car tire requires a spacer to offset the rear tire about a 1/4 inch (according to the guy Bob and I talked with at the IBA meet on Thursday). So - if the rear is offset from an aligned front/rear tracking - then the bike will have to crab slightly to keep driving in a straight line - therefore the tire will wear more rapidly.


Now whether or not that is the actual reason - don't know - just looking at it from an engineering point of view.
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I don't like the idea of running a spacer, that alone would make me give up on a CT. Especially with ESA, TC, and all the other electronic whiz bang go fast stuff. I don't do any IB stuff though.

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Jerry, I had forgot about him saying he had to run that spacer to clear the swing arm. You probably got something there. He said he had just done that with the 205 size tire too and didn't have to withe the smaller tire.
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If I rode a BMW and wanted to use a car tire I would just buy a Goldwing.
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If I rode a BMW and wanted to use a car tire I would just buy a Goldwing.
The guy said he had a 2012 GL1800 also with a car tire on it.

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