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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