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post #1 of 97 Old 06-24-2018, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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almost time for a rear tire....darkside reconsidered?

I had given up on the idea of a DS tire,due to the reported minimal chain/tire clearance, but found an interesting 175-55-17 tire on Ebay as well as a 195/45-17. Either would give safe clearance between the chain and tire, has no one tried the thinner sizes? A search for those sizes, turned up nothing.

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Even if you find a way to deal with chain clearance, there's still the issue of the bead/bead seat being different between auto and motorcycle. I know many riders have logged thousands of miles without incident, but it's technically not a proper fit.

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For anyone interested, I did find posts on an ADV rider forum about using the 175/55-17, by Achilles and it seemed to be a well regarded option.
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You also have the option of an Achilles ATR-K in 165/45-17. They run about $47.00 shipped.

I'm going to try one on the DL650 if I don't like it I'm not out a whole lot of $$$.
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You also have the option of an Achilles ATR-K in 165/45-17. They run about $47.00 shipped.

I'm going to try one on the DL650 if I don't like it I'm not out a whole lot of $$$.
That's another 1 3/4" shorter, nearly 2.5" shorter than OEM!! I'm definitely not gonna try that one! tires-easy.com has the 175/55-17 for $54, shipped free. It's only .68" less than OEM height It's worth a gamble to me.

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I know some people are as passionate about their dark side tire as they are about their religion, so I'm not looking to start an argument. I have never tried a car tire on a motorcycle, but here is my experience with tire shape. When I got the GSXS it had a 190/50 rear tire. I didn't like the turn-in characteristics at all...seemed sluggish even compared to the V-strom. I replaced it with a 190/55, which gave it a slightly sharper profile and that small change made all the difference in the world in the turn-in. I can't imagine how the handling characteristics would change going from a rounded tire to a flat one. I could see someone doing it who's only out driving the interstates, but not for folks like me who just like to go out and run the twisties. And if the tire is not the same diameter, then you've changed the geometry of the bike and added another variable to the handling equation.

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Not really a darkside tire kind of bike, I think Goldwing and other bikes for that application.......in saying that I wish you much luck. I see you are from NW Ohio, I reckon a car tire makes sense on a motorcycle up there in the flat-lands.

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Not really a darkside tire kind of bike, I think Goldwing and other bikes for that application.......in saying that I wish you much luck. I see you are from NW Ohio, I reckon a car tire makes sense on a motorcycle up there in the flat-lands.
yup, flat and straight around here. I wanna see what it's like to not replace a rear tire every damn year!! If I don't like it, I'm only out $4. I had a $50 Ebay gift certificate from Father's Day.
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yup, flat and straight around here. I wanna see what it's like to not replace a rear tire every damn year!! If I don't like it, I'm only out $4. I had a $50 Ebay gift certificate from Father's Day.
I would love to get by with only one set of tires per year. I go through 4 or 5 sets per year.

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I would love to get by with only one set of tires per year. I go through 4 or 5 sets per year.
Move to Ohio, our weather will drastically cut your tire use. lol
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