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    Dot tires, Canada and getting away with it

    Lovin me my TW I bought last summer but I do nearly all my riding on gravel and clay mud. After a few awesome outings of wheels seizing up and/or sliding out at standstill while playing in the mud I decided a better tire than stock was appropriate. However there seems to be nothing better that's available, but I hear the atv tire mod is awesome and I would like to be able to keep upright more. So what I want to know know is, what's the law in Canada as it is TC not DOT up here that make those regulations.
    Is it enforced? Harley's seem to get a pass for noise compliance were I am from. Do dual sports get a pass on tire compliance. I know they don't enforce tint, mudflaps, mufflers, dpf delete or anything else I can think of where I am from. What does the average cop know about tread anyway?

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    I imagine the degree of enforcement is a function of not only your location ( remote vs. close to developed areas) but your attitude and behavior towards any law enforcement types. Riding responsibly and being respectful might get you a pass most of the time.
    But what do I know? My police experience is limited to riding past a parked pair of CHIPs motorcycles at 10 mph with a flat tire going flopa-flopa-flopa. I smiled and waved, they half waved and then likely shook their heads and laughed.
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    i think you hit it on the head, Fred. i haven't been stopped by a cop while i was on a bike since 1970, and that was only because my dumb ass friend riding on the back gave the cop the finger. keep your bike clean ( i'm not talking about dirt) and ride with some respect for the law and you will most likely never get pulled over either
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    I have seen DOT on tires but have never even noticed or heard of "TC". I'm going outside to take a look.

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    I assumed it meant "Transport Canada", the applicable Canadian regulatory agency; and perhaps also constituted the National Safety Mark possibly required by the Minister in leu of the US's DOT marking. Like the US, research of Canada regs is cumbersome but you can start down the rabbit hole with this: Motor Vehicle Tire Safety Regulations (SOR/2013-198)

    In typical bureaucracese it can be fairly confusing with references to "
    Administrator of the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration" where in USA we would typically simply refer to the administration, but not credit an officer holder.
    But you get the idea...Either TC or DOT on the sidewall seems to constitute endorsement but I couldn't confirm any mandatory requirements for the mark. Like in most places for most things a US certification is often deemed acceptable, or becomes the adopted standard. No problem importing and operating a tire legally sold for highway use in the USA.
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    I went outside but forgot to look at my tires lol. I'm going to go with what Fred said.
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    i don't think that there are any motorcycle tires made in Canada, so all our tires will be coded the same as the rest of north america. all my tires are DOT rated. TC may be the agency who rules what tires are allowed on our roads, but there are no TC ratings on tires
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peterb View Post
    I went outside but forgot to look at my tires lol. I'm going to go with what Fred said.
    hey Peter, sounds like you must be in my age bracket, easily side tracked
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    "hey Peter, sounds like you must be in my age bracket, easily side tracked"


    58? ......-32C at least I remembered to come back in the house lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peterb View Post
    I went outside but forgot to look at my tires lol. I'm going to go with what Fred said.
    Don't listen to me, I'm just another rabel rousing rebel from the break-away colonies.
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