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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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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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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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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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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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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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Just a quick question, why run the tire reversed!!
 

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It's a rear tire for a sportbike and the tire gets reversed for stoping, starting and handling reasons. Some people do run them the correct rotation too.
 

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If you're going that route I'd recommend a BT023 or a Michelin Pilot 2 (sport touring tires) instead. Better tread life and great handling; use the BT023's on my RC51 and they're terrific.
 

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Hehe, Oregon isn't that far north nor is it that frozen! Any sport touring bias ply rear reversed on the front of your trike should do you well.
 

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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.
I put on a Vattlax BT45 May of 2013. Forward. The dealere would not put it on in reverse. 23,000 miles, 6 years and 11 months. The sidewalls are cracking and probably have been for some time. Still got decent tread left.
 

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Man, what's a person to do.... Triked my GW 1800 in 2013. Front tire shows cracks in the sides and the tread. Needs a tire. It's a Michelin on it now 130 / 70 R18 R.
100/80H/8 battleax recommended.

Recommendations please...

Thanks for the help.
Goldwing258.
 

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I know lots of guys like the Michelin, but for myself I run the Battlax (in correct rotation) on my 1500 trike. I just won't own a Michelin (but that is just me).

I also saw where a few folks tried the Avon but I believe they had poor results
 
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