Tires???

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by SAnVA, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. SAnVA

    SAnVA Member

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    Hey, I work for Yokohama Tire Corp. in Salem VA. We build passenger car & light truck tires and I know for a fact that some of our tires get better than 60,000 miles of wear. If we can do this on auto & truck tires why can't someone build motorcycle tires that will run 20,000 miles ??? I will soon be replacing the Dunlop wide whites on my 98 Road King and they have less than 10,000 miles! Just curious!
     
  2. Jick Scott

    Jick Scott Member

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    It's all about the MONEY !!!!!!
     
  3. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

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    There's no reason at all, I agree MONEY talks!
     
  4. Davidw2415

    Davidw2415 Senior Member

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    I replaced my front twice at around 10,000 but the front had just over 20,000. May they just need to make the rear tires twice as much tread depth.
     
  5. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Car tyres can have a hard compound on the tread and a soft sidewall on the tyre and still get good grip
    Car tyres are wider and have a much greater contact area with the road and therefore skip less
    Motorcycle tyres have a narrow contact area with the road and accelerate faster than cars so more skip = more wear
    The loading on a motorcycle tyre has to work at angles so the construction of the tyres are different

    Just a few initial thoughts

    Brian
     
  6. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    Plus...HD's gotta do the sweet tire smok'n burnouts...:s

    If they made m/c tires w/same compound & structure as car tires we'd see more "dropped my bike today" stories. Hard tires don't work well on 2-wheels, or in NASCAR either...
     
  7. whacko

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    Iceman has you covered on this one! It is about traction with motorcycle tires.......you need a softer compound on two wheels so you grip corners. Softer compound = better cornering preformance = fewer miles before replacing. But its a good tradeoff IMO.