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post #1 of 40 Old 09-03-2012, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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First ride on the dark side

This morning i mounted a 205 50R/17 General Altimax Artic on the rear of the V Strom. Today I rode about 150 miles of mostly mountain twisties (dragon and Cherohala Skyway). Some dry roads and some wet roads and even a couple of miles of a muddy/gravel road with some tight turns and grade changes.

I have a Tourance on the front and removed a Tourance from the rear to put the CT on. The CT requires " just a little bit" more counter-steering to get the bike tipped over. At first the bike felt wobbly when leaned over but, that was corrected by dialing in a a few more clicks of rebound and compression damping on my Ohlins shock. The CT is much heavier then a MC tire. I agree with Randyo who stated that an aftermarket shock is a big help with a CT. I think the stock shock would be overwhelmed. The damping adjustment settled things down and the bike feels about 95% as good as it did with the MC tire. I may change that to 110% as good after some more saddle time with the CT

Although I did not push too hard, as this was my first ride with the CT, traction seemed better then the Tourance. I can feel the Tourance start to slip on hard corner exit acceleration. The CT did not slip while acceleration hard out of corners. Also off pavement traction was notably better although the extra weight caused the suspension to not work as well over rough terrain.

Why did I do this? 90% of my riding is in the mountains at a sporting-semi sporting pace. I was killing rear MC tires every 2500 miles. That gets expensive. Several people here who obviously know what they are talking about have reported good results with CT's. I had to try it. Glad that i did. Thanks to those who took the heat and reported their findings.

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I shroud add that mounting the CT was considerably more difficult then mounting a MC tire. I used a ratchet strap over a 2x4 block to hold the beads in the drop center then used my no mar bar as usual. It took me maybe 20 minutes after getting the procedure down. I can do a MC tie in 3 minutes.

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I used my knees to keep the tire in the center.
Found it easy to mount the CT.
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"Fist Ride on the Dark Side?"

Geez dude, this is a family-safe website.

(Not that there's anything wrong with that...)

Go hakafugu yourself.

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"Fist Ride on the Dark Side?"

Geez dude, this is a family-safe website.

(Not that there's anything wrong with that...)
It seems some guys are just a bit more hard-core than others.

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Why did I do this? 90% of my riding is in the mountains at a sporting-semi sporting pace. I was killing rear MC tires every 2500 miles. That gets expensive. Several people here who obviously know what they are talking about have reported good results with CT's. I had to try it. Glad that i did. Thanks to those who took the heat and reported their findings.
Let's hope that your side walls last as long as the tread. You are, by far, a braver man than I.

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Let's hope that your side walls last as long as the tread. You are, by far, a braver man than I.
The side wall never touches the road.

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The side wall never touches the road.
No, but putting that tire on a motorcycle, causes the side wall to flex in ways that it was never designed for. That's the only way that the flat tread cross section can maintain contact with the road when you lean into a turn.

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No, but putting that tire on a motorcycle, causes the side wall to flex in ways that it was never designed for. That's the only way that the flat tread cross section can maintain contact with the road when you lean into a turn.
I am sure that you are correct but, that is not to say that it does not work well in practice within reasonable limitations.

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Not saying that it doesn't work well in practice. But what would keep me awake at night, would be the chance that the sidewall might overheat or weaken over time and blow out one day while you are chasing the Dragon.

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