Let me put it this way...when is the last time you leaned your car over?
samw, just don't lean your car over and you'll be ok.
But seriously, like Gram said, do all the searching and reading that you can to be sure YOU want to do it.
3 years ago I needed a tire for the back of my Venture and I spent hours researching it and finally decided that I wanted to use a CT. Because of all the doomsayers I was
a little apprehensive on the first few rides but after some seat time I realized that I would never buy a rear M/C tire again... at least not for the rear wheel. Why are the pros to having a CT for me?
1. Higher load rating. I never have felt too safe on an M/C tire because I ride heavy bikes and I'm a heavy guy. You'll usually
(not always) get about 25% more load capacity with a CT. My CT felt best at the max pressure listed on the tire so I got the full load rating.
2. MUCH better grip. Braking, wet riding AND in the curves. CT's will actually have more rubber on the road even when your scraping floorboards. You'll never get near the edge of the tire even if you lay the bike on it's side.
3. An average of 3 times the mileage life. I sold the Venture with almost 10 k miles on that tire and it looked like the day I mounted it.
The grip and long life has to do with the different rubber compounds that CT's are made with. A fellow on the Darksiders forum has a durometer (look it up
) and says he has yet to find a CT that isn't softer than a M/C tire. Yet a CT gives so much longer mileage because of a different rubber compound. Don't you think the M/C tire makers could use the same compounds?
4. And least importantly, Price. My Kumho cost me about $70. In some cases the CT cost more but you still get all the advantages noted above.
That's MY CT experience. Others have different experiences, good and bad. Again, make up your own mind.