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  •  This is a well trodden path (4+ / 0-)

    You are not correct.

    Motorcycles ride very well with a squarer profile tire, including the cornering.

    The reason they would not be fitted to sportsbikes is that they do not have as much traction at extreme lean angles. This is as much to do with the available compounds as it is to do with the profile.

    Other than that, they are demonstrably superior in nearly every way.

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    by twigg on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 08:31:43 AM PST

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    •  That's alright for highways and bridges (2+ / 0-)
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      gerrilea, PavePusher

      But your idea of cornering isn't the mountains of Tennessee or W. by gawd Va.
       Every easy chair rider I know, thin tires, fat tires are all scraped up on the lowers, including their $200 foot rests, and $600  plastic saddlebags...sheesh. They don't have room to lean over, so they take turns by downshifting to the lowest of their sixteen

      "The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced." -Zappa My Site

      by meagert on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 08:39:46 AM PST

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    •  I guess we will have to disagree on this. (3+ / 0-)
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      meagert, twigg, PavePusher

      If you are using a square profile in a tight curve, you will always hit a point where it is going to kick, which is not only uncomfortable but dangerous. The more you lean the bike over, the more you need a constant grip, which is why sport bikes ( and race bikes for tarmac) have a hemispherical profile.

      Older bikes - I am talking 70's/80's here would have a semi square profile -think Honda 500 four or CX500 -but you couldn't lay them down the same way you can a Hornet or GSXR of Hyabusa.

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