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Hey everybody, this is my first post.

After burning through the OEM Bridgestone Exedras at just above 8,000 miles, I wanted to have a tire with a bit more longevity so I wouldn't be caught in a bad situation.

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My last trip on this tire was nearly cut short roughly 300 miles out from home with no shop around because the cords started showing through. I took this picture with about 100 miles to go, and cautiously made my way home.

When searching for my next tire, I heard good things from my Dad about his darksided '99 Goldwing, soI began searching for a car tire myself. I settled on the Michelin CrossClimate 2 sized in 205/50 R17, after reading other posts on the forum for tire size and other forums for tire recommendations.

The tread is symmetrical, has a roundish profile, a 60k warranty, and rated for over 1,400 pounds. It all seemed to make sense to me, so I jumped on it. The tire was around $215. I went with a rear Bridgestone BT46 Battleaxe for the front tire in hopes of getting some extra mileage out of the front as well.

I had some trouble getting the old tire off myself, so I contacted a local shop for removal and mounting of the CT. I had to make a few calls to different shops, but found one eventually.

Here are some photos of the tire on the bike.

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The last photo in that set is of the CT after making a 25 mile freeway stretch into a 33 mile mountain canyon on the second day of use. I dragged peg before making it close to the sidewall. It actually feels pretty good, just needs a little more oomph to corner.

The other mod I added was the 17 inch Madstad windshield. It blocks a lot more wind than the OEM touring screen, so it's everything I was looking for.

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I just wanted to share my most recent upgrades 😁, thanks for tuning in.
 

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A car tire on a motorcycle can fit and look fine on the outside ... what about the sealing surface on the inside?
How the tire seals against the rim and the forces on it in curves are important.
I have friends that have done the same, we have good discussions :)
The one question that we have never checked is: what will an insurance company say in the event of a claim?
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A car tire on a motorcycle can fit and look fine on the outside ... what about the sealing surface on the inside?
How the tire seals against the rim and the forces on it in curves are important.
I have friends that have done the same, we have good discussions :)
The one question that we have never checked is: what will an insurance company say in the event of a claim?
Glen
I've read comments from those in that situation. If an insurance company finds out there is a car tire on the bike, they don't cover anything. One rider said the accident wasn't his fault but his insurance company still dropped him.
Car tires may handle okay and grip the road okay, but it comes down to they weren't designed for motorcycles. The tire bead is designed differently for one. I could go on and on rehashing the same old arguments. But it comes down to the insurance for me. What's the point of taking a chance with a car tire when your insurance company will drop you like a hot potato?
As far as motorcycle tire longevity, it depends on the brand of tire too. I put an Avon Spirit ST on the rear and I love it. It grips wet pavement better than any Bridgestone I've had. And so far, the tread shows no sign of wear. And most importantly, the motorcycle handles like it should. No umf trying to get it into a turn. And no holding the bike in the turn. It stays in the lean angle without constant pressure to keep it there.
 
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