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Darkside tire choices..

Before anybody says anything this is NOT a thread about weather or not to go darkside I have and love it !!.
What I want to know is what tires others are useing??.I'm planning a trip to Dead Horse next summer which will have ALOT of dirt/gravel riding and wonder what tire I should run.I also do alot of freeway AND dirt road riding so a good mixed terrain tire is what I'm looking for.I have been useing a General and it works well BUT maybe there is something better ??.

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.I have been useing a General and it works well BUT maybe there is something better ??.
which General, Exclaim UHP ?

I'm running the General Altimax Arctic, about 18k miles so far, tread depth is at about 50% works better in gravel, mud, snow/slush than the Karoos or TKCs I've been running in front. 40% or more of my riding is gravel roads

price point is good, I paid $110



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Umm...what is meant by the "Darkside"?

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Yes the exclaim UHP.I am running a MC tire now but when it's gone I will go back over to the darkside.Randy,Do you think your winter tread would last with a 90-10 mix of pavement/dirt???.


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,Do you think your winter tread would last with a 90-10 mix of pavement/dirt???.

easily, even though tread is soft (lot of sipes and deep tread) its not melting away in summer like it might on a cage, and I'm loaded fairly heavy all the time (my 300lb lard ass when geared up + another 75lbs of equipment I regularly carry) and add another 200 then I ride 2up (glad I resprung and put the WP shock in back:beatnik:



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Umm...what is meant by the "Darkside"?
Running a car tire in the back...........instead of a motorcycle-specific tire (or tyre).

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Before anybody says anything this is NOT a thread about weather or not to go darkside I have and love it !!.
What I want to know is what tires others are useing??.I'm planning a trip to Dead Horse next summer which will have ALOT of dirt/gravel riding and wonder what tire I should run.I also do alot of freeway AND dirt road riding so a good mixed terrain tire is what I'm looking for.I have been useing a General and it works well BUT maybe there is something better ??.
Haven't tried it myself - yet. But several others on here are running Achilles 205/50/17 $78.95. I have it ordered for mine. So maybe search on Achilles to get the posts about it.

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Haven't tried it myself - yet. But several others on here are running Achilles 205/50/17 $78.95. I have it ordered for mine. So maybe search on Achilles to get the posts about it.
Yes..I have about 3000 on my Achilles 205/50/17 and RobW has about 7000 on the same tire. Quentin had 10,000 on the same brand but it was a 205/55/17. Now he runs a same brand 205/45 may have 4-5000. All of us have been pleased with its highway use. Adjusting tire pressure to 34# seems to work best for me. Off road or highways.
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Just picked up my replacement

General Exclaim UHP... 205/50/17..... last one was a "55" (see pic) but this one was on sale....


the one in the pic is done now, 42,000 km's of savage beatings over rocks, mud, pavement and cement...

replacement cost 124 canadian dollars.... will be putting it on this week....



for the record, I have never ground the chicken strips off a front tire before I put this on the back.... current trail wing is wearing right to the edge of the tread, the bike corners like it is on rails...

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Yes the exclaim UHP.I am running a MC tire now but when it's gone I will go back over to the darkside.Randy,Do you think your winter tread would last with a 90-10 mix of pavement/dirt???.


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A co-worker is running the Snow tire like Randy's, it seems to be holding up fairly well on his Wee, despite the fact he is trying to spin it down to the wearbars....

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