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Clayton2000

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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 7:48:17 PM



All-terrain vehicle riders, the pain will soon be over.

For years, pneumatic tires -- the kind you fill with air -- have been a burr in the side of the ATV industry. Even on short excursions over rocky terrain a popped tire is not unexpected, and they often occur far from home.

Now, off-road vehicle specialist Polaris plans to debut a consumer version of an “airless” Non-Pneumatic Tire (NPT) by early next year.

Made from a proprietary plastic, the NPT replaces the conventional tire carcass with a flexible web.

“The tire works very similar to a bicycle wheel, where the load is carried in tension across the top of the wheel,” says Polaris spokesperson Jason Difuccia. “The bottom of the wheel is designed to give in to obstacles like rocks, curbs, and other terrain.”


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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 3:47:48 PM

I'll bet they're pretty expensive.
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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:43:19 PM

If this works, perhaps they can transfer the technology to bicycle tires
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doctorindyj
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 11:24:58 AM

I wonder how it performs on ice? Of course this is just for ATVs it would be interesting to see how they perform on 'everyday' cars.
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bsnort
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 11:19:22 AM

very interesting - wonder what they will cost and will a there be a future version for passenger cars?
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JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 8:19:44 AM

Will grandma enjoy the ride is the question?

How much road noise?

Will they have the fire siren sound of the 1950's snow tires?
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ktyson13
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:17:12 AM

are they solid rubber? no mystery there!
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 6:46:15 AM

I can see mud being an issue, but on the ricks this would be great.
Wish they would come out with something like this for 4x4 vehicles.
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 5:53:35 AM

Kind of like the Michelin Tweel.
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 3:21:13 AM

I have made inquires at local car tire places. They have not sold the flat proof tires for cars.
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 1:31:49 AM

I saw some similar tires for regular cars a few years ago, except they had radial spokes instead of the honeycomb web design of these tires. Driving down the road, the spokes (or in this case, web) is see-through and almost invisible. Kind of a different look. I also like the idea that they are quieter, although I wonder if the dirt, rocks and mud will really work their way out of the tire while driving, or accumulate in the tire until they are washed out with a garden hose (or riding through a good sized puddle).
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MAC48
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 12:56:42 AM

Very interesting concept. If this concept pans out, it could possibly be applied to tractors and other farm equipement.
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 12:16:49 AM

I want to see the .50 cal AK-47 they tested with.
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 12:07:47 AM

for their watercraft!
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 12:06:57 AM

interesting to see how well they work
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:25:29 PM

This has bin in the works for years. Good to see it made out.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:10:26 PM

Be interesting to see how well they work.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:08:35 PM

interesting and about time!
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:48:02 PM

Good news
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:38:33 PM

Great
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:15:12 PM

lots of smart people trying to make the world better
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:06:40 PM

Great idea.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:56:19 PM

Cool.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:52:23 PM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:52:04 PM

I think that this is a lot better application than a car. I would be nervous riding on this type of tire at 70 - 80 mph.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:18:49 PM

Took long enough for this to come about.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:06:39 PM

sounds like a winner
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:49:26 PM

back woods tires not highway cruisers
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:36:57 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:33:52 PM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:30:16 PM

I need these.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:27:28 PM


WOW! This is ever so interesting and pertinent to the GB readership!!!
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