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Old 08-10-2010, 06:45 AM   #46
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With over 14K miles on the OE Bridgestone Hoops, I'm pretty happy. Granted, they're close to the wear bars and cupped so they'll be replaced this winter. I was going to consider Avons, Michelins or Pirellis but I'm thinking I may stay with the Hoops or the other OE option, Dunlop. I'd hate to have to buy tires every 2500 miles, too.
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:36 PM   #47
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Car tire is doing well so far, I've had it up to 70 on the highway with no ill effects, cornering is still a bit off for me, nothing big just taking my time to get used to the new setup

I would say it's wise to ease into it... between the (certainly) less-stickiness of the car tire vs a scooter tire and the fact that it's squared off on the corners, I personally would be perpetually careful about pushing it in the corners.
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:57 PM   #48
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I would say it's wise to ease into it... between the (certainly) less-stickiness of the car tire vs a scooter tire and the fact that it's squared off on the corners, I personally would be perpetually careful about pushing it in the corners.
Yep I have a Triumph Tiger 1050 for corner work, the MP-3 is my goto commuter choice. Another 20 mile commute today and I'm getting more and more comfortable about the tire. Still no desire to max lean it around the corners though. Tire pressure is going to be key, if it gets too low (say 35 psi vs 37 psi) then the wobble gets more pronounced. No real problem as I check tire pressures every other day.
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:44 AM   #49
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Tire pressure is going to be key, if it gets too low (say 35 psi vs 37 psi) then the wobble gets more pronounced. No real problem as I check tire pressures every other day.
Just out of curiosity, what the manufacturer's recommended pressure (as indicated by the sidewall)?

I was also curious about the un-sprung weight issue. I have to think that, due to construction, the car tire is (much?) heavier than the scooter tire.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:32 PM   #50
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Here is a good darkside video on a Honda Silverwing ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olGqUIqevnQ )
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:34 PM   #51
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Just out of curiosity, what the manufacturer's recommended pressure (as indicated by the sidewall)?

I was also curious about the un-sprung weight issue. I have to think that, due to construction, the car tire is (much?) heavier than the scooter tire.
38 psi max and yes the tire is heavier than the scooter tire but I didn't compare them side by side.
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:00 AM   #52
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38 psi max and yes the tire is heavier than the scooter tire but I didn't compare them side by side.
Are you running it @ 38 psi so the tire has a 'crown' or are you trying to come to grips with a tire profile that's more "square"?

I have to wonder how more un-sprung weight affects the ride/scoot. Time to confer with my brother-in-law who rides and has his P.E. license.
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Old 08-12-2010, 04:43 PM   #53
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I live to ride my Honda Reflex hard in the corners. Why would I want to save 3 cents a day to use a less capable car tire?

Yes, I have a "real" bike too..Yam FZ 1000, but the Helix , and now the Honda Reflex are more fun.
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Old 09-10-2010, 11:12 PM   #54
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Just turned over 1000 miles since going darkside in August. Still not posting from the hospital and I'm back up to the speed I was riding before I put the car tire on. I still notice a lilttle wobbliness over uneven terrain such has tar strips and such not but again it just feels like a worn rear scooter tire and there is no drama in it. Cornering is fine but I'm not a peg dragger by any means, still there is plenty of grip when leaned over. It has yet to rain here in Cali so I will be on alert for when I have to take it on wet roads but I don't expect any issues. Hopefully I'll get some more pics tomorrow to compare to the ones I took when I installed it.
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Old 09-11-2010, 09:37 AM   #55
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Cool, looking forward to pics.

I am curious how it'll handle leaning on wet roads considering they're not designed to shed water there.
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Old 09-11-2010, 12:49 PM   #56
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Original photo just after install (maybe 40 miles on it)



The tire after 1000 miles, not much wear shown here compared to the original photo. The center strip no longer has the GT Classimo mold showing so there has been a bit of wear.



Side view.
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Old 09-11-2010, 01:03 PM   #57
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To each there own, but man after seeing those pics I just don't get it. Seems to me like you have taken the fun-nest part out of riding on two wheels---LEANING

If it works for you great but I just don't see any benefit to running a square (side wall) tire

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Old 09-11-2010, 01:25 PM   #58
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It has yet to rain here in Cali
I beg to differ. We had a real downpour Wednesday. Lightning, thunder, limited visibility, the whole works. Wouldn't have been able to ride in it anyway, no matter which tire you had on. Of course, that was in the "State of Jefferson" part of California. That's northern CA for those of you who think the state stops at Sacramento or San Francisco (which is technically Central California.
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Old 09-11-2010, 01:31 PM   #59
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To each there own, but man after seeing those pics I just don't get it. Seems to me like you have taken the fun-nest part out of riding on two wheels---LEANING

If it works for you great but I just don't see any benefit to running a square (side wall) tire
It still leans.
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Old 09-11-2010, 01:40 PM   #60
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I have no experience with them, but I'd think a very small width car tire slightly over inflated wouldn't be a terrible thing to handle.
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It still leans.
If you say so....

I live minutes away from some of the best high speed canyons (corners) in the country and could not see taking that tire out and pulling a bike over in a turn on what looks like a razor edge of a sideway thats just my opinion.

Like I said to each there own.

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