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post #1 of 14 Old 06-25-2019, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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So i decided to tempt fate and install a larger tire this time. Don't know if that made me fall to the dark side or not?

There is no big noticeable difference in regular riding (maybe a little smoother?), the bike leans really easily in twisties, quick transitions aren't a problem with this one. If anything i'd say i lean a little more than i usually do in some familiar corners. I would like to say larger sticks more, but i'm pretty sure it's the tire's compound and the fact i don't ride the sidewall anymore.

I bought a Pirelli Angel GT 170-60-17, since they weren't releasing the II before the end of the month... maybe.
(they had pushed the available date twice already)

Will it last me 20000kms? Time will tell.
Does it perform well at higher speeds? Hell yes!

Here's a pic, there's still space between the tire and the swing arm, but not as much anymore
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No Darksiders here... it's still a proper tire for the job. I really can't stand the arguments for using car tires on motorcycles...must be my track riding roots. Report back on wear and miles please!

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No Darksiders here... it's still a proper tire for the job. I really can't stand the arguments for using car tires on motorcycles...must be my track riding roots. Report back on wear and miles please!

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Well, the DS comment was more about the width of the tire, hehe

Will post update(s) here as time goes!

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No the additional width does not count. I ran a ME880 oversize (160/70-17) on my WEE and it performed very well. It died prematurely on the interstate coming back from Colorado with a major blowout puncture.

Darkside is CT. I tied a Pirelli snow tire 195/55-17 last year but the result was disappointing.

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Interested to see what mileage you get out of these. On my TDM900 the sides were gone at 3000 kms but they were fun kms. Contemplated putting them on my '14 DL1000A but opted for Pirelli Trail IIs which I fitted and balanced yesterday.
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Interested to see what mileage you get out of these. On my TDM900 the sides were gone at 3000 kms but they were fun kms. Contemplated putting them on my '14 DL1000A but opted for Pirelli Trail IIs which I fitted and balanced yesterday.
You completely used the sides in 3000kms, were you on a race track?

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That actually looks like a motorcycle tire now that the edges are worn down.

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That actually looks like a motorcycle tire now that the edges are worn down.
No no it's a motorcycle tire.

I couldn't use a car tire, i like to lean too much

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I couldn't use a car tire, i like to lean too much
You can lean big time with a CT. It has a huge contact patch. The sidewalls do flex!

My issue was that it squared off (which is very counterintuitive) and did not even last as long as my Tourance.

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You completely used the sides in 3000kms, were you on a race track?
Most of my riding is on mountain roads, very little straight line touring.
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