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post #1 of 36 Old 04-28-2012, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Just went to the Darkside on my Wee

I had been considering this for some time, did a lot of research before moving forward. I only have about 100 miles on the CT right now so my experience on it is very limited. Some facts about me - 30yr rider, IBA member, have ridden to 40 of the lower 48 states so far. My Wee is a 2007 model with sw-motech centerstand, 17T front sprocket, PWD crashbar/skid plate combo, 23" tall Cee Bailey windscreen, and pair of IM2600 Stormcases. Prior tires were the OEM Trailwings. Purchased my Wee with just over 6500 miles on it 12/11. Now have just over 9000 miles on it. My other bike is a 2007 FZ1. The tire combo I now have on my Wee - Shinko 705 front and General GMax AS-03 205/50/17 both at 40psi. Observations thus far - more stable in crosswinds - had 20mph winds the day I picked up the Wee from the shop and was surprised how much more stable it was in the winds, turns fine at speed (similar to a fat tired power cruiser like a Rocket or Hammer), road irregularities like worn asphalt from heavy trucks that make a larger crown are amplified, in a tight turn if you let off the throttle abruptly and then hammer it back (done intentionally) you will feel the bike want to stand up a bit but not bad. I will follow up after I have 500 miles on it with my further observations.
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post #2 of 36 Old 04-28-2012, 11:49 PM
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Why the 705 front? Seems like a strange combo.

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re read randyo posts as I seem to remeber him having like 20 psi for his best results
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705 because I have had good luck with Shinkos on my FZ1. I do plan to experiment with the PSI and have read Randyo's posts. The mechanic who installed my tires is a friend and an intermediate level club racer. He set the initial pressure. He and the other guys in the shop are real curious how this set up will perform.
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40 does seem awfully high. I would think the higher pressure will not allow the tire to conform as much. Also, you may only have 400 lbs on the rear tire, so less psi may be better there, as well.
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re read randyo posts as I seem to remeber him having like 20 psi for his best results
the lowest I tried was 25, way too much flex in the sidewall, induced wobble to almost tankslapper proportions in the wake of large trucks, but otherwise felt almost like a MC tire

I'm running 35-35 with best results, 40+ psi required more steering effort



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When you say "turns fine at speed" you must have a very different view of the word "fine" or "speed" than a lot of riders :mrgreen:
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When you say "turns fine at speed" you must have a very different view of the word "fine" or "speed" than a lot of riders :mrgreen:
Here we go again....

I personally don't see how a car tire could handle as well as a specifically designed motorcycle tire. But, there are any awful lot of people who swear by them. I won't criticize too much without trying it. But, I don't have any plans to try it either.

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I'm going to run the 705 front with the General Exclaim UHP myself. I'm just currently wearing out whats left of a TKC80 rear that I put on to do some DS riding with and then the UHP is going on.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. So are you the first to try the General GMax AS-03 tires or have others tried that too?

BTW, how does the 17t front sprocket feel with that extra mass? I ran a 17 front on my 07 DL650 and although I loved the relaxed revs on the interstate, there were times you could really tell you were running the 17. The 17t front sprocket works great on the East Coast, but I found times on an out West trip the big headwinds or long inclines were really having me work the gear box to stay in the power range. I would imagine the CT amplifies that somewhat?

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