Using an automotive tire on a motorcycle is not recommended
(PRWEB) May 29, 2012
Recently, an online tire retailer shared a press release about motorcycle riders using car tires for their rear wheel, alternatively called "going to the darkside." It spoke about the benefits of using automotive tires for the rear of a motorcycle. It cited info from its various customers who informed them of the practice and other sources on the web. However, after some heavy research into the topic, SimpleTire.com is retracting its previous statements.
Due to recent research conducted by a online safety website and a subsequent video, using an automotive tire on a motorcycle is not recommended. Due to the varying loads of motorcycles and the flexing they cause on tires, it could cause the tire to deteriorate faster than normal. As a motorcycle corners it puts strain on the shoulder and sidewall that the tire is not meant to handle. It also seems from the video that there seems to be a loss of contact during certain turns. With all of that information, SimpleTire.com now makes a statement that they don't recommend or condone the use of automotive tires, including the Michelin Aplin PA3 ZP that they originally recommended, to be used on a motorcycle. It seems the safer alternative is to use a motorcycle specific tire.