So, at the pub last night the conversation turned to tires and I mentioned that it's too bad you can't get the mileage out of a motorcycle tire that you can out of a car tire. Some folks in the group said that you can run a car tire for the scooter, if you get the right size and type. That the handling was kind of spotty going in fast sharp corners, but otherwise it worked well.
Now, to be sure, none of these folks had actually run a car tire on their motorcycle - but it did get me thinking, and doing a bit of research, which led me to this page:
Darkside Tire Info Center
With all kinds of information and a database with bike make/model and what car tire they are running. Also led me to a few YouTube videos which showed how the car tire behaves when being used. Cameras strapped to the underside of the bike, filming the tire on straightaways and turns etc. Of course, there isn't really a way to get a feel for how fast these people are going given the extremely limited view.
I have to admit with considering the idea. Paying 1/2 as much for a tire, and getting 4 to 5 times as many miles out of it; I think requires some research into the idea. I am not an aggressive rider. About 85% of my riding is done on a four-to-six lane super slab. When not on the slab, I do like to take it nice, easy and slow and just enjoy the ride. To be clear, I would consider a car tire only for the rear wheel. I don't see any reason to put one on the front as it seems to last oodles longer than the rear already (21K on the one I have now and the tread looks almost new).
I know that the good people in this forum have given in the past exceptional and spot-on advice. So I thought it would do good to get some input from the good folks here.
Apologies if this has been discussed, but I looked through the 144 threads that popped up in search when I entered "car tires" and did not find any that discussed car tires (go figure!).