Car tires utilized on Motorcycles
by Chuck Kimball
(El Campo, TX, USA)
There are a number of individuals that have mounted various DOT approved automotive tires on the rear rims of their large touring and sport-touring motorcycles in an effort to get increased tire mileage from them. Arguments rage over the legal as well as the safety aspects of such a move.
One argument is that Automotive DOT approved tires are specifically approved only for a particular use that would exclude motorcycles. This would, in effect, make running a tire not DOT approved specifically for motorcycle use illegal to run.
I know that the DOT Tire Code specifies the characteristics of a particular tire, but does the DOT approval and its category actually specify the usage of a particular tire?
Here is a video
linked to one specific instance of this application.
While there is far more to the Car tire VS Motorcycle Tire debate than just the DOT approval issue, this is one that might have legal ramifications rendering much of the other conversation moot immediately.