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Old 10-14-2010, 07:32 AM   #1
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Just triked my 1800(california sidecar) and I'm going to have to replace my front tire shortly(stock front end) any suggestions on brand etc.? Thanks Scott
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:58 AM   #2
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Welcome to the site fixingbus. I'd do some research into the sidewall construction and carcass build of front tyres since the steering forces on a trike are different than on a two wheeler. This is trike lady's domain, so maybe she can let you know what most of her experience has taught her. My guess is the stiffer the sidewall the better.
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Old 10-14-2010, 04:20 PM   #3
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Any responses would be of interest to me as well.

I was told that a number of trike riders have replaced the front with a regular automobile tire with good success.

So, any light that could be shed on this topic would be welcome.

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Old 10-18-2010, 06:15 PM   #4
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This thread didn't get a lot of response so I visited an area Trike shop this morning and asked the same questions.

The response makes sense so I will answer one of my own questions.

You can replace the motorcycle front tire with an automobile tire and you can gain additional mileage on the tire. Somewhere from 7-9,000 miles up to 12,000-14,000 with the auto tire.

But you lose the trike's ability to turn and react quickly because the contact patch on the car tire is so much bigger. The motorcycle tire is rounded and has a smaller contact patch making it easy to steer. In fact, changing to a car tire would have the effect of defeating the purpose of an easy-steer rake kit on a trike.

So, I guess when it comes time to change the tire I will stay with one designed for a motorcycle.

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Old 10-18-2010, 06:29 PM   #5
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rickrae,
The only front end that will allow you to use a car tire is from 'Eurowing Trikes.

Fixingbus,
Most people are using the Michelin Pilot Activ and running it backwards and getting good results. It's a 'sportbike' rear tire. I'm currently testing a Dunlop E3 Bias-ply.
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Old 10-19-2010, 04:35 PM   #6
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I wore the E3 on my Trike out fairly quickly. I found from another site where they suggested the Michelin Pilot Active Rear tire. The service manager at the honda shop I use knew about this but suggested mounting it frontward as opposed to reverse. Which I did.

So I used the MPA on my trike but way too early to see about milage. I cant tell any difference in handling. The MPA was about $40 cheaper.
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Old 10-19-2010, 05:53 PM   #7
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I wore the E3 on my Trike out fairly quickly. I found from another site where they suggested the Michelin Pilot Active Rear tire. The service manager at the honda shop I use knew about this but suggested mounting it frontward as opposed to reverse. Which I did.

So I used the MPA on my trike but way too early to see about milage. I cant tell any difference in handling. The MPA was about $40 cheaper.
Were you running the E3 Radial or Bias ply on your trike? I'm working with the Bias ply on my 1500. Some are trying the Bridgestone Batllax BT-45, I am still waiting on their thoughts on it.
More trikers prefer the Michelin Pilot Active, most have mounted it backwards and some are trying forward.
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Rear BT45, reverse rotation, 41psi
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:57 AM   #9
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Trikelady, I had the E3 radial. I replaced both front and rear at 27,000, Triked it at 33,000 leaving the E3 on. The E3 looked in good condition then but wore the middle of the tread out quickly as I used it. I replaced the E3 with the MPA at 39K.
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Trikelady, I had the E3 radial. I replaced both front and rear at 27,000, Triked it at 33,000 leaving the E3 on. The E3 looked in good condition then but wore the middle of the tread out quickly as I used it. I replaced the E3 with the MPA at 39K.
Thank you for your input on the E3, I'm trying to collect data from trike owners who've changed their front tire to a rear tire and what brand with their results.
I see more people going for the MPA tire and good results.
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