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post #1 of 20 Old 07-19-2017, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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ready to switch to the dark side.

I just ordered a Sumitomo HTR ZII 205/50-17 for the 650. It's listed as 8.3 wide...I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't rub. I've read mixed results with the ones that are 8.4, soooo....we'll see. I may have just learned an $80 lesson.

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post #2 of 20 Old 07-20-2017, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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We'll, here it is. Not much clearance, but enough. Rode it around the block and it felt like....a new tire. Different but not bad. And probably the easiest tire I've changed. .
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Looks good.
Somewhere I've seen a video taken from a camera hung on the center stand. It was very interesting. It made it very clear that the contact patch was more than adequate. Got a camera?

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post #4 of 20 Old 07-21-2017, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry, I don't have a camera to get action shots. But, here are a few from the swap.
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I probably won't be doing any long trips on the Glee and it doesn't see the miles per year it used to.

But I gotta say that the "Darkside" is more appealing all the time. I have not ridden a bike with "it", and I love to read all the input from folks that also have not ever ridden with "it". The sky is falling and all that. I would like to try one....

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I probably won't be doing any long trips on the Glee and it doesn't see the miles per year it used to.

But I gotta say that the "Darkside" is more appealing all the time. I have not ridden a bike with "it", and I love to read all the input from folks that also have not ever ridden with "it". The sky is falling and all that. I would like to try one....
I put about 7k-8k miles a year on it, so even having to put a new MC tire on once a year isn't bad since I do the work myself. But, curiosity got the best of me. And to be honest, I didn't feel any difference from this tire than I did when I put the new 705 on last summer. IMO, all new tires feel different for a bit. I did feel like I had to work a little more to get it to turn the first couple times, but by the time I got around the block and back, I had forgot all about it.

And, I think it looks cool. Which we all know is the most important part of the ride.
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I've been running a CT on my 05 Yamaha RSTD for years. First one got 30K and switched it out when I was lubing the splines and was too far gone to put back on. Ran a MC tire temporarily till I got a new one ordered. Now am running a BFG on it.
Having said that, riding the two bikes on the same SW Wisconsin roads, I'd never put one on my Vstrom.
Two very different MC's, one a 800lb cruiser and the other the Vstrom that LOVES corners.
That is my take on it.
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Might be the picture or my bad eyes but from the looks of the tread wear on the old tire, you won't notice any difference in handling until you lean more in the corners.
Looks like very wide chicken strip , lots of tread left on the sides of the tire.
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We'll, here it is. Not much clearance, but enough. Rode it around the block and it felt like....a new tire. Different but not bad. And probably the easiest tire I've changed. .

Would you get a pic of the swingarm/chain clearance?

Also a close up of the bead on the rim?



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Might be the picture or my bad eyes but from the looks of the tread wear on the old tire, you won't notice any difference in handling until you lean more in the corners.
Looks like very wide chicken strip , lots of tread left on the sides of the tire.
Unfortunately most of my riding is commuting on the slab. Not much leaning on the interstate at 80mph.
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