Update on "Gone Darkside"
mods, please excuse my bringing back to life this old thread.
So, here it is 2/2/13 and there has been 1,100+ miles ridden darkside in a little over two months and an update is due. The cons and pros.
First, the cons, or should I say con...
Victoria wiggles in high speed turns, I think it is the sidewall flexing. Tire pressure has been as low as 35 now is 41 and next ride will be 45, all to try and stop the wiggle. There is an interchange that has a long slow sweeping curve that I have been taking at 80+ for years. On Nina the Ninja 500, AJ the C50T and now Victoria the Vulcan Voyager. All three bikes took this curve without complaint, hesitation or wiggle. Until the ct on Vicky. Now I take this curve at 65 'cause the high pucker factor at 80+ hurts my a$$hole. This is the only con.
Now the pros...
Other than what has been said above, I can not tell a difference. With that being said the tire life should save me money in the long run and I really like the idea of this tire while driving down the interstate in summer rain showers. Just looking at all that tread hitting the ground gives me confidence on wet streets. I will probably get flamed for this but the coolness factor is awesome. When I point out the ct on Vicky it is an instant wow factor with cagers and a conversation starter with fellow motorcyclist.
I love it. Next time will probably go with bias to stiffen the sidewall. Love it and will never go back to rear mt on cruisers/touring machines.
For the record, the first time I took the curve was a very mild 60 or what ever the speed limit is there. I slowly built up to 80+. The faster she goes the more she wiggles. Hmmm, just re-read that, and it is, well, sorta invigorating! The faster she goes the more she wiggles. Somebody oughtta right a song about that one!
I've had too much Crown, good night all.
2011 Vulcan Voyager ABS "Victoria"
Thunder air kit - #51010
Throttle mod by RacnRay
Kawasaki audio and headsets
Kuryakyn Longhorn offset dually w/ 1-1/4" clamps - #4575
Darkside - Yokohama AVID Ascend P195/60R-16 and Michelin Commander II 130/90x16
USAF '76 - '82
Ride 'er like you stole 'er.
Ride Bell by Longbraid