Car tyres to fit 17" motorcycle wheels

Discussion in 'Hack Vendors' started by Agent Wayward, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. CCjon

    CCjon Gypsy Rider Supporter

    Apr 29, 2007
    Under the Texas Sun
    Ordered the longer bolts and a tire off eBay yesterday. Once in hand, will look to fabricate a spacer. Hmmm, 6.35mm = 1/4 inch, could fabricate my own out of 1/4" aluminum stock. From the photo, it looks like a 9mm spacer would push the tire harder against the left plastic fairing?

    Thanks for the photos, won't have that much weight on it, no trailer though it has a hitch, plus plastic/rubber rubbing doesn't bother me. A heavier duty rear spring could cure that rubbing if it did become a concern.

    Glad I found your comment as was not ready to plunk down mega $$$$ for a custom rear wheel.

    Ride safe

  2. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

    May 26, 2010
    Olympia, WA
    Particularly if you can machine the spacer yourself, and being able to get an Economist tire delivered to your door for about $70, I'd definitely recommend trying that route first. It will lower your rear end about 3/4" or so, thereby changing the gearing a bit as well.

    Here's a pic of a new Economist and one we'd put just about exactly 10,000 miles on


    As you can see we weren't quite down to the wearbars, and I would have run it longer to see how many miles we could squeeze out of it, but we were headed into Mexico planning about 3000 miles before coming back north - didn't want to carry the spare and deal with a change in MX.

    We have about 7000 miles, the first almost 3000 being in Mexico, on the current tire, and it's still looking good. I think I said this early, but it's a great street tire - not a great rain or loose surface tire though.