The darkside, car tire on motorcycles

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

  1. Snowbird

    Snowbird Cereal Killer

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    Let's have a class for forward controls and ape hangers, too!
  2. randyo

    randyo Long timer

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    :rofl

    hardly, radial tire carcass flexes and bends and does not lift the bike significantly
  3. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black? Supporter

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    In 2013 I put another Dunlop Winter Sport on the rear and a E3 on the front and did this one week, 4321 mile ride to Mount Evans, Death Valley, Independence Pass and Pikes Peak -

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    And then the next month a 4600 mile ride to Nova Scotia and a lap around the Cabot Trail -

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    And then the next month I did a quick day ride around Wisconsin -

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    I replaced the Winter Sport at the end of 2013 because I had picked up a nail in Nova Scotia and had to plug the tire.

    I installed another new Winter Sport so that I was ready for 2014.
  4. Snowbird

    Snowbird Cereal Killer

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    Jeeze, I just changed out two tires on my bike. No wonder dark siders are a growing trend. It'll take an upstart company to figure out a better wheel and tire system... maybe Buell.
  5. yellow_wolf

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    this is correct!!!
  6. shupe

    shupe Been here awhile

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    I know a guy who finished an IBR.
    He runs a CT on the rear and a rear MT on the front of his GW.
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  7. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    Hard to find many 18" tires that will fit under the front fender of a GW. Ask him the size, I may want to do that too, I have a GW rear tire on the front of my 2001 Suzuki Intruder 1500, and a CT on the rear. My front tire on that bike has a 16" rim.
  8. windblown101

    windblown101 Long timer Supporter

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    Hardly as in not at all, or not significantly? Either way, I recall a picture of the rear of Yellow Wolfs Goldwing in a corner and the effect appeared to be very pronounced. Pictures don't lie, until someone photoshops them. :)
  9. gravityisnotmyfriend

    gravityisnotmyfriend °.°.°.°.°.°.°.°.°.°.

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    Hardly as in not at all. I posted a video of my tire several pages back. My bike is only an 1100 - if the rear raises, it's imperceivable.
  10. randyo

    randyo Long timer

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    pictures are deceiving, with lower pressures, it is likely a car tire squats lower in corners with higher pressures it may lift a little

    as I stated, insignificant, you certainly can't feel anything like settling or rising like you do with throttle inputs and older shaft drive bikes


    I know that on my V-strom, my ride was lower than stock with the CT, overall,
  11. yellow_wolf

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  12. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black? Supporter

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    Update
    2015 and I was still riding on the darkside!

    First a May ride to the highest point in Iowa!! :gdog

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    And then in June 2015 I installed another new Dunlop Winter Sport and rode to Inuvik, NT.

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  13. Ra1der

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    Here's me working through the motor officer's course on my Valk Interstate.

    I've got 37K miles on an Austone Taxi Tire on the rear. For reference, the stock Elite 3s got only about 6K and cost $250.

    The Taxi Tire is a bit taller than stock, so it does change the geometry very slightly. I appreciated the height difference as it also dropped the RPM by about 300 at 60 mph. It's also smoother and quieter than the Elite 3 was. I still scrape pegs occasionally, and this bike can lean about 10-15 degrees more than my buddy's stock ultra. In fact, just after this pic was snapped, i hit apex and scraped the peg before pulling up for the next curve.

    FWIW, I do not suffer from handling issues in cornering or at speeds. I DO have slightly increased effort and decreased response working the very tight (lock to lock) turns required for things like the Motor Officer's Course.

    I'll get about another 5-7K on this tire and I'll be mounting another ATT.
  14. kneeslider

    kneeslider Insufficient privileges!

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    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    Please, let this reach a peaceful end! Stirring will create the same old "stink" all over again. :-)
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  16. Jud

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    Mehhh, all you have to do is unsubscribe.
  17. SteelJM1

    SteelJM1 Former Undercover KTM rider

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    Nono, i want this to fire up again because it's hilarious.
  18. gateman

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    I honestly enjoy reading CT and Rears to fronts threads. I have learned so very much over many many years.

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  19. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black? Supporter

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    Darksided my CTX. Run flat snow tire on the rear and a rear Shinko 700 Series on the front.

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  20. Jarlaxle

    Jarlaxle Bregan D'Aerthe

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    Is that another Dunlop?