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Old 06-24-2013, 07:50 AM   #1
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8" Scooter Tire Question

I have a small (home made) one wheel trailer with an 8" wheel that I tow with my airhead. It is a trailer wheel and tire. Trailer tires are flat, non leaning designs. Anyone know if it is possible and OK to put an 8" scooter tire on the trailer wheel?..

If it will be safe on there, I think it would be a huge improvement.

Thanks for the help.

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Old 06-24-2013, 08:19 AM   #2
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How about a photo of the trailer? Would love to see what you built.

Sorry, I can't answer your question but someone with knowledge will surely be by soon.

Thanks!

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Old 06-24-2013, 11:29 AM   #3
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Are there any 8" scooter tires? I don't recall seeing any scooters with less than 10" tires.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:35 AM   #4
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I believe the Cushman Eagle scooters had 8 inch wheels. And early Vespas had them as well.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:47 AM   #5
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Bought a Michelin S83. We will see how it goes.

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Old 06-25-2013, 10:16 PM   #6
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Are there any 8" scooter tires? I don't recall seeing any scooters with less than 10" tires.
Old Vespas - 60s and earlier. There's a decent selection 8" scooter tires on the market, though not as big as for 10".

Hiatt, I'm no expert - nor a lawyer, nor liable - but I don't think you'll have a problem with a scooter tire provided you don't violate the speed and weight limits on it. At least, as long as you don't violate them more than you may be with the 8" trailer tire. By towing a trailer with a motorcycle you're already pretty well outside intended use.
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:28 PM   #7
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Since the wheel is not doing any steering, driving or braking...it would seem an ordinary trailer tire should do just fine.
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:48 PM   #8
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I have a small (home made) one wheel trailer with an 8" wheel that I tow with my airhead. It is a trailer wheel and tire. Trailer tires are flat, non leaning designs. Anyone know if it is possible and OK to put an 8" scooter tire on the trailer wheel?..

If it will be safe on there, I think it would be a huge improvement.

Thanks for the help.

JH
There are some cheap ass trailer tires out there. Google the name of your 8 inch trailer tire and see what you get. I would be fine with a good quality trailer tire pulled by my R bike.
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:54 PM   #9
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Plus, I'm no expert on moto trailers, but it seems like to me that bikes and scooters have a pivoting hitch connection that allows the tow vehicle to lean while the trailer remains level, so squared off trailer tires should work. Even a one wheel trailer.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:25 PM   #10
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Plus, I'm no expert on moto trailers, but it seems like to me that bikes and scooters have a pivoting hitch connection that allows the tow vehicle to lean while the trailer remains level, so squared off trailer tires should work. Even a one wheel trailer.
A one wheeled trailer has to lean....or rather, it will lean one way or another

A properly sized scooter tire will be fine as long as the bead seats correctly. Think about how much weight a scooter tire caries when it's being used as intended. Half of the weight of the scoot ( more or less) plus 200ish pounds of rider, plus several chickens.



Personally, I would look into using the front wheel of a scooter just to be sure the tire stays seated. It will probably be much lighter than a car trailer wheel too.

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Old 06-27-2013, 08:50 PM   #11
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Airless (?!) 8"Tire

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Old 06-28-2013, 04:44 AM   #12
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A one wheeled trailer has to lean....or rather, it will lean one way or another

A properly sized scooter tire will be fine as long as the bead seats correctly. Think about how much weight a scooter tire caries when it's being used as intended. Half of the weight of the scoot ( more or less) plus 200ish pounds of rider, plus several chickens.



Personally, I would look into using the front wheel of a scooter just to be sure the tire stays seated. It will probably be much lighter than a car trailer wheel too.
Got it, it's the two wheel trailers that have the pivoting hitch. I can see that since the one wheel trailer leans with the bike, you might want a round profile tire. On the other hand we have the dark side crowd putting car tires on the rear wheels of their bikes so a trailer tire on a one wheel trailer is not totally out of question. A very good quality trailer tire would last longer and possibly handle more weight.
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Old 06-28-2013, 06:34 AM   #13
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eTrailer sells an 8" Kenda for $24. I don't think you're going to be able to find a scooter tire for (much) less.

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Old 06-28-2013, 06:35 PM   #14
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If the hitch is made right I don't see an issue . More then a few guys dark side car tires . The only issue is 8 inch trailer tires in the size you have common? Also they seem to wear out as fast as scooter tires if not more. At least that was the issue I had when driving trailers with 2.5 ton truck. Seem like every week I would have a flat etc.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:35 PM   #15
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Two things:

1) My 1964 Fuji Rabbit S601C came with wheelbarrow tires on it. I couldn't understand why it handled so poorly, then I took a look at the tires. 4.00x8 is a common size for lawn equipment, so someone just threw them on. Once replaced, everything was gravy. It should be a dramatic improvement to put them on.

2) Smalltires.com is a good source for these relatively hard to find scoot tires.
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