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post #1 of 52 Old 05-04-2017, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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The dark side...anyone NOT like it?

After reading a bit on this, it seems like everyone that has tried it, has been happy. I am still a little skeptical, in that there has to be a down side...handling...MPG...whatever.

I'm going to need new rubber in a couple months and figure I'll give it a try for myself.
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What is the perceived benefit? Cost? I can't believe cornering would be better on the dark side.

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See, there you go. Bucket, you are going to get a buncha replies from folks that have not tried it and will never expounding on how it can't work.
But those few who have got dark, they are never going back. That's a play on an expression folks.
I had flat, Square, tires but that was on my side car rig. Cheating, I know.
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Seen the weight carried by a lot of people on the big tourers ?
Throw in a trailer and I have my doubts about any motorcycle tyre being designed for that mass.
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Seen the weight carried by a lot of people on the big tourers ?
Throw in a trailer and I have my doubts about any motorcycle tyre being designed for that mass.
That is a legitimate use, I agree. Trikes, and bikes with side cars too. Anything you don't want to or can't corner hard. For me cornering is why I own a bike so I'll stay with the tire that is designed for that!
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Steve, that may be a presumption. Some darksiders can ride a very respectable pace.
Granted they ain't Carlo Rossi but then they get 15-20K miles on a hundred dollar tire.
What is your knee dragging cost for the sticky tire in 20K miles?
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The downside is that it's dangerous. Car tires are not designed to handle the same cornering loads as motorcycle tires.
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The downside is that it's dangerous. Car tires are not designed to handle the same cornering loads as motorcycle tires.
Yes they are and they weigh 4 times as much or more.
Different ways maybe but to suggest a tyre designed to carry several times more mass can't handle the same loads doesn't really make much sense.

I've seen guys cornering Gold wings and similar bikes at full tilt with a car tyre on, and in conversation they remark that the bike feels more stable in the wet and is much more precise in loose dirt and gravel.
Never ridden on a car tyre but considering I've never seen one on a Ducati I'm guessing those that do might have some idea what they are doing.
Tyre pressures are adjusted to suit and off they go.
Until I've ridden one with some idea of how the same bike feels on bike tyres, I'll hold off on having an opinion.
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The downside is that it's dangerous. Car tires are not designed to handle the same cornering loads as motorcycle tires.
Are you absolutely positive about that, with evidence to prove it?

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So far, I don't see anyone that actually tried them and decided they didn't like them.

I don't drag my knees, and actually have never even touched the pegs (drug a hanging toe a couple times is as close as I've gotten), so I doubt I will push the car tire farther than it can handle.

Like I said, I think I'll give it a try.
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