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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-29-2019, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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How many of yall use car tire for the rear or front?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-29-2019, 07:35 PM
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How many of yall use car tire for the rear or front?


Iím curious as well, I have a 2015 F3S, looking to replace all three tires soon....


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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-30-2019, 05:09 PM
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EVERYBODY does.

The OEM stock tires ARE car tires, just ones built with such a low load rating that they aren't good for any real car.

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Been running car tires on rear for 110,000 miles on RTs. Khumo Ecsta ASTs. Get minimum 20,000 miles, about 15 on original equipment. Now have Arachnids on front. Softer ride, about same mileage. Obviously, they never sit around getting old.
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I've used a car tire on the rear for years! Works great. I would try it. You will be pleased. I'm going with a set of car tires for the front too.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-02-2019, 06:22 PM
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Count me in. I have a Nankang on the rear and just waiting on the Kenda fronts to wear out for same treatment.

My only regret is not doing it sooner... waaaaaaaaaaaaay sooner
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Yokahama S Drive 2 years now (grrrreat) tire
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Don't want to stir up a hornets nest but I will give my opinion nonetheless. The BRP engineers designed your Spyder specifically for use with Kenda tires. Like most other Spyder owners, I would very much like to see BRP certify other manufacturer's tires for the Spyder, but, unfortunately this has not yet happened. Hopefully, as our vehicles become more popular, we will see options.

This topic is also of great interest to some two-wheel touring motorcycle riders, specifically, those riding Honda Gold Wings. I personally know Gold Wing owners who have put automobile tires on their motorcycles, primarily for longer tire life. However, automobile tires were not designed to be used on Honda Gold Wings nor were automobile tires designed for use on Can-Am Spyders. Just one problem is that the "bead" design of auto tires is very different than those of motorcycle tires. This alone can result in catastrophic failure. If someone had an accident while using auto tires on our motorcycles or Spyders, I can almost certainly guarantee your insurance company would not cover the loss.

In short...don't do it. It is not risking your vehicle, or, even more importantly, your life.
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Don't want to stir up a hornets nest but I will give my opinion nonetheless. The BRP engineers designed your Spyder specifically for use with Kenda tires.

nor were automobile tires designed for use on Can-Am Spyders. Just one problem is that the "bead" design of auto tires is very different than those of motorcycle tires. This alone can result in catastrophic failure. If someone had an accident while using auto tires on our motorcycles or Spyders, I can almost certainly guarantee your insurance company would not cover the loss.

In short...don't do it. It is not risking your vehicle, or, even more importantly, your life.
You have posted some good stuff on here today. Thank you.

THIS post, however, is WAY off base on several points.

Their claim that the Spyder was designed to use ONLY a certain brand of tires.....which only THEY sell......is a boat load of marketing CRAP. In the US, things like that are ILLEGAL.

The Kenda tires ARE car tires, just very light duty ones.
The rims ARE car design rims, with the proper bead for CAR tires.
Trying to use an actual motorcycle tire on a Spyder could indeed cause serious problems.
But "upgrading" your Spyder tires to something better is perfectly OK.....and the OWNERS choice to make.
The size must be compatible, of course.

And your "almost certain guarantee" is just blowing smoke in the wind.
No warranty covers damage caused by tire failure but the insurance company certainly would.

You are not doing anybody any favors by spreading these unfounded rumors.

The situation is entirely different with a 2 wheeled "real" motorcycle.
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If you want to see tons of information on car tire vs motorcycle tires and the effect/non-effect of different grades of gas, you should sign up to spyderlovers.com and do a search. That site is an amazing source of all spyder related information.
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