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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-08-2019, 05:19 AM Thread Starter
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Tell Me About Tires

Hey all. This is CJ in South Alabama. We had a 2008 Can Am given to my wife when a dear friend passed. Have been working on it and have it doing good, but now looking for tires. Unfortunately the ones on it are severly dry rotted. I have researched that normal car tires will work. Is there anyone here on forum that has actually done this and can you tell me what is the size tire to use. Thanks CJ
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-08-2019, 04:06 PM
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Hello CJ. I have not actually switched to car tires yet but will once my originals wear out. Tires are a bit of a sketchy subject. Some people will say to absolutely not use a car tire because it isn't rated for motorcycle use and those that say the Kenda tires are junk. Anyway I have heard a lot of good things about Vredestein tires, Kumho for the rear, Federal offers a couple of tires that people like for the front, Yokohama, and general altimax has been popular on the rear. Being a 2008 I believe you have 14 inch wheels up front. Factory size is 165/65 R14. You may not find that exact size and may need to go a bit wider. Search forums for the size compatibility. Only a few companies offer the exact size rear tire as well, Kumho being one of them. Good luck in your search!
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-09-2019, 07:49 AM
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Some people will say to absolutely not use a car tire because it isn't rated for motorcycle use
And those "some people" would be absolutely wrong.
The wheels on Spyders take CAR TIRES, not motorcycle tires.
The OEM ones are just small car tires with a very light load rating.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-14-2019, 02:21 PM
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Having just purchased a 2013 Spyder ST - with 19K miles. I noticed the rear tire is down to the wear bars - how big of a pain in the a$$ is replacing the tire ?
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