Pusher tire for a GS

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Boondox, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    I might make the change to a car tire next year, but for now I'm looking for a 150-70/17 tire that gets more than 3-4k before wearing out. So far I've tried a Tourance, an Anakee and a Shinko 705. All work well but wear out the center section too soon. The front and hack rubber is fine.

    Since I don't do anything more challenging than dirt roads, I was thinking of switching the rear to a touring tire like a Metzeler Z6 or 880.

    Any reason not to, or any problem mixing them with Tourances on the front end and hack?
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  2. Sidecardoug

    Sidecardoug Pleasantly pleasing

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    I run a Metzler Marathon on the back for the most part and have a spare wheel with a TKC 80 for dirt. Doesn't seem to make whats on the front. I have two front wheels as well so I mix and match my tires regularly. No difference in handling.
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  3. moist

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    Please expound about the car tire.
    I use a car tire on my Valkyrie, but for a GS? Is this possible????

    What sizes and where can you buy them?


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  4. DirtyDR

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    The ME880 lasted longer than anything else I tried on my GS before I went to a car wheel and tire.
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  5. Sidecardoug

    Sidecardoug Pleasantly pleasing

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    They do last long. The one I have on now leaks slightly, probably needs to be reseated on the rim. But I am too lazy to take it to a shop to have it done. So I just air it up and keep riding, figuring once I wear out the tire, the problem will fix itself

    But the tire is just lasting and lasting
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  6. moist

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    Car wheel too? This is news to me! Please tell me more. :ear
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  8. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    We do a 1200GS conversion in house. For the 1100 and 1150 GS bikes we use Stroker's wheels. The conversion for the 1200 is almost half the cost of the conversions for the 11 and 1150 models due to brake rotor location being on the wheel on the earlier bikes.
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  9. moist

    moist Thaumaturgist

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    Is it possible to get a quote? Something I can chew on for awhile to see if I can swallow it?

    I have an '02 R1150GS Adventure, with ABS.

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  10. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    Moist -- I was going to tell you about Claude's car tire conversion, but I see he beat me to it.

    Claude -- The plan is to go with your setup, but after getting my shop set up I don't have that much change left. Let's just say I'll be signing next year's Christmas bonus over to you! :wink:

    But for now I'm looking for a conventional tire that would give me at least 4-5k miles. That ME880 looks good but doesn't come in a 150. Would you go with a 140 or a 160?

    Pete
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  11. moist

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    Thank You for the thought.
    You see this is both a shock and an amazement to me. I have been so happy since I placed the car tire on my Valk. The stupid comments and "you're gonna die" insane claims have really been fun, but frustrating as well, to say the least.
    The comments aren't from people who might want to save money on tires, they are usually from those who need to save money on tires.
    The price for the modded wheels are bigger than a bread box, that is for sure, however what an awesome conversion. Plus I would have an instant set of extra wheels (assuming both are replaced)
    That brings me to question #2; this mod seems to be directed to the hack side of the isle. I am not, nor do I want to be a Hackster, but am curious about running both modded rims/tires for normal road use. Has it been done and with what results?


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  12. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    Well, since this is a hack sub-forum, why don't you start your own thread in one of the forums dealing with two wheels so you don't get accused of highjacking? :deal:evil
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  13. moist

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    That is a good idea.

    Thanks

    Back to your regularly scheduled program.
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  14. DRONE

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    Moist, if you're talking about using a car wheel on the rear of your 2-wheel motorcycle, well that's called a "darkside" conversion. You don't need to start a new thread about it--there's already an entire FORUM dedicated to the darkside. See HERE.

    Or google "darkside" or search "darkside" here.

    And since you're on the West Coast, DMC in Enumclaw can do a darkside conversion on your 1150 for $1300. You can get part of that back by selling your old wheel.

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    The snow tire pictured here is sort of the equivalent of a semi-knobby if you use your GS off-pavement.
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  15. DRONE

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    Boondox--getting back to your original question--even though you mostly ride on paved roads you might want to consider a knobby or semi-knobby tire. The center knobs will wear down quickly, and then the adjacent knobs will start to take the load, especially if you run it a little on the soft side. In other words, you can square down the tire just by riding it, and since the thread depth is so much deeper on a semi-knobby than on a street tire, it'll go farther before you get down to the carcass. Maybe something like the Heidenau K60. One of the vendors carries this tire--vendor thread here.
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  16. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    Drone -- If Heidenau ever came out with their 150/70-17 I'd give one a try, but all I've seen are delays after delay on that. The 140 is available intermittently, but I'm a bit leary of going down one size given all that I'm asking that pusher to do.

    But it is on the list - thanks
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  17. Melrone

    Melrone Been here awhile

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    I put a car wheel kit on my GS it works like a charm.cost about a grand to do,but I think it was worth it.It made rig more stable in the wind,better tire wear.Since you don't lean the bike it makes sense.I've ran it down a couple of gravel roads with great ease.Its now truely a pusher wheel.Worth every penny....:ear
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  19. granratfisher

    granratfisher Been here awhile

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    I like the wire wheel. I did not think I could get one (car tire) on my R1200GS
    What size is the tire ?? Thanks Joe:D
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  20. moist

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    YES!!!! YESS!!!!!,,,,,I want to know too.
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