Join Date: May 2011
Location: America's Vancouver
Going to the Darkside
I know the whole darkside issue is as volatile as dino-oil vs. synthetic, but I'm interested in trying it out (darkside that is, made the switch to synthetic years ago).
My bike is my only means of transportation, and while my corner of the Pacific North Wet has pretty mild winters compared to other places, it does get below freezing on a fairly regular basis, plus lots of rain = ice.
I've read a couple of the darkside threads floating around, and based on what I read in randyo's darkside thread, I purchased a 205-50/R17 General Altimax Artic tire and mounted it on the bike wheel over the weekend. Getting the CT on the MC wheel was a PITA, but with the help of a couple friends: mission accomplished.
We mounted the wheel on the bike only to find that the chain rubs against the sidewall, a lot. We brainstormed a little and decided to get some 10mm washers (~1/8" thick) and stick them under the sprocket in the hopes that that would take care of the rubbing. It helped, but the chain still rubbed against the tire sidewall. Not willing to double stack the washers, I decided to put the MC tire back on and do some more research.
Which brings me here, does anyone have any thoughts on why the CT did not fit? Perhaps the ABS bracket? Can anyone recommend a smaller width winter tire? A quick check on TireRack.com did not show any narrower tires.
My ride: a 2011 DL650A AKA The Fat Chick; she's not the sexiest thing on the road, but she's a lot of fun to ride!