The darkside, car tire on motorcycles

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by elkgrichard, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black? Supporter

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    The rear is a Bridgestone run flat snow tire.
  2. scorch

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    I finally tried it. And i was expecting to expect a tire that would be dangerous. But it turned out its very predictable. And now my only goal is to rack up enough miles to know how long these tires last. i wish i did it earlier.

    running 40 psi on this tire. Took it for a 400 mile ride through some of the more twisty roads of the area and it did fine. I was not as confident as i was on motorcycle tires. But it was ok. I guess if i want to really carve roads motorcycle tires will be my choice. But for touring and commuting something like this is all i need.

    Im making a video vlog of the process for anyone that cares
    https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=iR3cZ_RX9-k

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  3. scorch

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  4. Sumo64c

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    Dark side on a wee strom ? This should be interesting. :lurk
  5. reubenRN

    reubenRN Been here awhile

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    I agree with Heidiho, 40 PSI is way too much. I ran about 32-34 PSI on a 2003 DL1000 and it did just fine once you're 2nd gear and up. A couple PSI make a big difference in handling in my experience. I ran a car tire for about 5k miles then I sold the bike. Get the PSI right and you got a great combo.
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  6. scorch

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    Thanks, i wil bring down the psi to 35 and see how it rides. And then drop it to 30 to see if there is a difference.
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    brgsprint Long timer Supporter

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    "..not as confident..." "It's not so bad". Now, that's inspiring.

    I want all my tires can be.

    Good luck to you.
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    A wtf thread.
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  9. scorch

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    I think what i meant by that is that the tire is not so bad as in its not as bad as i thought or read by some people. It really works rather well. But then again this is my first 400 miles on it. Ill talk to you in the next few thousand miles so i can determine if i like it or not. Im not as confident in the tires becaue they are new, but you can bet with an new time im not that confident either. But being confident in a motorcycle could be much worse than just your tire choices.
  10. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    What tire are you using?
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    If nothing else you should be able to win a slow race with ease! :)

    Be interesting to get your take on it after you've run it for awhile.
  12. scorch

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    Goodrich Gforce Comp 2 A/S. Pretty sticky tire.

    I am going to keep a little vlog on some mileage milestones to see how it does. I guess next up would be a good 1000 mile ride report. So far I am liking the tire and don't have major complaints.
  13. Motomantra

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    What size (DL-650) do you reccomend? Is that a studless winter tire pictured? If so, is that better?
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  14. scorch

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    Siping?
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    AleksTheGreat Been here awhile

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    those squiggly lines in each of the tread lugs... its to aid in more traction on wet or icy roads.

    [​IMG]
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    x32792 Cracker American

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    Look forward to hearing what mileage you get out of your dark side tires.

    EDIT: Apparently, Dark Side Tires have a following - http://darkside.nwff.info and from published data, mileage is impressive.
  17. motorhead748

    motorhead748 Been here awhile

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    Ive never ran car tires and doubt I ever would but I can see the appeal of longer mileage. I'm not sure what kind of miles people get from them but I can't imagine they are much better than my solution. I've had 2 old generation concours, a 99 & 06. I ran thru 3 sets of OEM goldwing dunlops and each set got 32K before they were toast. Dry grip was fine but any moisture on the road necessitated caution.
  18. MarkVeeMarkADV

    MarkVeeMarkADV sharing misinformation and useless trivia

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    When i was commuting on my fjr from 2010 to 2016, i had a Yokahama on the rear.
    I went back to a (Road 4) mc tire given to me by a good friend, here in Northeast.
    That car tire had 29,000 miles and was NOT worn to half yet. i ran it at 26 lbs pressure.
    Almost all were hiway miles, my strom was my pic for weekends. i lived in NC,SC,Ga and i
    traveled for work, overnights mon-thurs.
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  19. scorch

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    Someone posted this on the youtube video
    Darren Oliverio4 hours ago
    when the bead breaks lose, and you lose control, let us all know how that worked out for you. bike tires and their side walls are made to withstand the lateral forces....a bad move, I hope that you dont learn the hard way

    Is there any truth to that. I know that the bead does not sit as well as in motorcycle tires. But the effort required to put this tire in the rim makes me think its really damm secure.
  20. scorch

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    I've run through lots of tires, and i have yet to have any tire last more than 15k. If i got a tire to 15k that was really, really good.