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    New question here. Fat bike tire - Motorcycle tire, Is it Compatible?

    Hello, MTBR Fat bike member.

    I have been wondering if motorcycle tire would fit on fat bike......
    Size wise, it will work - Some of the Skinny Chopper front tire...

    but I don't think tire bid is compatible....


    Anyone worked on Motorcycle and Fat bike at the same time?
    Any thoughts?

    Thanks.
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    I've looked into this for a project, but not actually done it.

    As I recall a 16" motorbike tyre fits on to a 20" (407mm) bicycle rim. You can get wide rims in that size from bicycle chopper specialists, or from the German chopper shops in Europe.

    You'll probably find the guys at Atomic Zombies have done it and written it up.
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    Sure hope you dont plan on pedalling that thing up hill

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    The beads are nowhere near the same size, so I doubt you'd get it to seat properly. If you did, you'd regret it as soon as you realized you were trying to pedal a couple of 10 pound tires.

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    Thanks just, curiosity LOL

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    I'd be more inclined to go the other way and put a Jumbo Jim on a 125cc motorcycle. But you can lace pretty much any rim to any hub if they have the same number of spoke holes.

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    The tyres may be heavier but that didn't stop motorbike tyres being used for early fatbikes (before WW2) - although they also used motorbike rims AFAIK.
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    If you're going to do it, go all the way. Move over the motor and fork as well, or you won't realize the full benefit. Prolly a different front hub spacing at that point, so figure a re-lace at the very least on top of whatever adapter kit for the motor you'll need. Also, it's pretty well known you can use a grinder to gain more tire clearance in the yoke area, so if you have trouble finding a tire small enough to fit your carbon frame don't get discouraged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engineer90 View Post
    Why?... Just, why?
    That's the sound of conformity...

    More to the point, why not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Engineer90 View Post
    Why?... Just, why?
    Because of all the fat bike hate.

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    I haven't found much "fat bike hate" so far. Both my motorcycle friends and my bicycle friends seem quite amused by my fattie. The couple who've taken it for a ride have all enjoyed the heck out of it; one is thinking of buying one like it now. The one bicycle rider who made some snide remark did so only in good fun because she's a serious human-power-only sports cyclist, and my fattie is an ebike. I just asked her back when she was going to dump her old Ducati 900SS and buy a current 1299 Panigale ...

    That said, fitting motorcycle tires would make even the ebike a lot more work to pedal uphill and would consume much more power. The "Black Floyd" tires on my bike are lighter by far compared to even the skinny little rubber my 1963 Ducati 250 Monza was fitted with.

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    This question originally popped up from Vee Slick tire. I was looking for road fat bike tire. Vee Slick is nice but I want some groove to evacuate water.

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    Take out the motor on a motorcycle, weld in a BB, add cranks and chain, go to town......slowly....lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by evei0326 View Post
    This question originally popped up from Vee Slick tire. I was looking for road fat bike tire. Vee Slick is nice but I want some groove to evacuate water.
    You're going to have to be really really fast before that becomes a problem. Never had a problem with Black Floyds.
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    I had a wild fantasy as a kid back in the late 1970s about putting motorcycles tires on a bike because it would look cool. If only Id known someday that might be not too far from the truth!
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