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A significant issue when fitting a sidecar to a motorcycle is the suitability of tyres. Whilst motorcycle tyres are extremely good at what they do on a single track solo bike, they may be less suited to the very different requirements of remaining upright during use. This does not mean to say that motorcycle tyres compromise safety, or indeed performance to an extent that they should not be used. Indeed, some sidecar outfits may well be better retaining a bike orientated approach.

There are tyres available for sidecar use, which fit onto motorcycle wheels. However, problems can arise with the variety of wheel sizes now featured on many motorcycles. It is not feasible for specialist sidecar use tyres to be made available for the many permutations. This means using what is a standard fittment tyre with likely wear and cost consequences. It is possible with some motorcycles to fit alternative, more suitable motorcycle tyres, but this information may have to be gleaned from one make websites, or from knowledgable owners.

A more common approach is to fit car tyres, usually on special, or adapted wheels. The great variety of available car tyres makes this viable and attractive because of these tyres being cheaper, plus usually offering greater mileage. The downside can be initial cost of the wheels, but this should pay dividends if a sidecar outfit is a long termer, and particularly if the aim is to get some miles on the clock.

A very useful reference for all things wheels and tyres is the Wheel and Tyre Bible website;

This provides information and insight into all manner of things, plus calculators for such things as changes to speedo readings as a result of fitting different size tyres. This also assists with important factors such as gearing calculations, quite useful when considering a sidecar outfit.

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