Nudda Darksider on a DL1000
Let me preface this by saying I've already got over 200,000 miles riding the darkside on two Valkyries, a VTX1800, and my Vic Vision so I'm a bit biased. Rode em one and two up, twisties, interstates and everything in between so I'm used to the things.
The rear tire on my Vee had two plugs in it and over 14,000 miles on the OEM original tire so I figured it was time to change rear tires. I was glad to see where folks on Vees were running darkside so I picked up a 205/50/17 Achilles ATR Sport then spent $11 to have it mounted on my 12 Vee Adventure and put 34 psi in it.
When the tire arrived I was at a meeting several hours away and my wife called me highly concerned that it was too wide for the Vee. I got home and took some measurements of the tire in it's shipped state and it did look too wide for the bike so I got back on line to be sure I ordered the correct size which I did and the vendor shipped the size i had ordered which they did. Once the tire was mounted everything was fine, chain easily cleared is as did the swing arm.
I rode the tire a bit over 100 miles today and found the Vee rode no differently than any other bike I've ridden on the darkside. It handles better on the gravel road we live on (2 miles of gravel to the closest paved road to the east and 1/2 mile of gravel if I ride west.) Sweepers it handled fine, 75 mph on four lanes it didn't self destruct, made up twisties it did well, and frankly I'm happy how the Vee handles so far darksided.
The next test is my daily commute of a bit over 100 miles, I ride in all kinds of weather so we'll see how it goes. I ain't saying the darkside is for everyone, I've been happy riding em for several years now and glad I can ride em on the Vee.
2012 DL1000 Adventure, 2009 Victory Vision, 2003 VTX1800R sold, Valkyrie Interstate sold,
Valkyrie standard sold, Yamaha Seca sold, XS1100 Midnight Special sold, XS1100 Touring sold,
XS650 sold, RE5 Suzuki regretfully sold, Harley Sportster sold, 350 Yamaha sold, 250 Yamaha Enduro sold