Going to the Darkside - Kawasaki Vulcan Forum : Vulcan Forums
» Insurance
» Sponsors
Go Back   Kawasaki Vulcan Forum : Vulcan Forums > Motorcycle Models > Vulcan 1700

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-14-2012, 12:45 PM   #1
samwise2u
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Shreveport, LA
Posts: 23
Default Going to the Darkside

I have searched and read alot about this and have decided to give it a try but have a couple of questions.

Bias or radial? Does it make a difference?

Is there a tire NOT to get? Going with a 195/60-16.

Putting a Michellin Commander II on the front.
__________________
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
samwise2u is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-14-2012, 12:51 PM   #2
twowheeladdict
Top Contributor
 
twowheeladdict's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Middle Tennessee
Posts: 2,159
Garage
Default

Luke. I am your father!
__________________
2010 Vulcan Voyager 1700 ABS, 2007 Vulcan Mean Streak 1600
2012 Concours 1400, 2011 Versys 650, 2012 KLX250S

see my garage for list of accessories
twowheeladdict is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 01:01 PM   #3
Comanche
Senior Member
 
Comanche's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Arizona
Posts: 346
Garage
Default

I dunno man. There are pros and cons to everything and according to everyone but the main one I always see consistently repeated and common to everyone is that bike tires and car tires are designed and engineered for either a bike or a car and that handling and cornering are the main risks associated with the sidewall differences. Wish you success regardless and let us know how you are doing with it.
__________________
It ain't about where you live; it's about how you live. So, ride to live, Bruh.
Comanche is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 02:49 PM   #4
davidsheek
Top Contributor
 
davidsheek's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Orange Park Florida
Posts: 1,883
Garage
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by samwise2u View Post
I have searched and read alot about this and have decided to give it a try but have a couple of questions.

Bias or radial? Does it make a difference?

Is there a tire NOT to get? Going with a 195/60-16.

Putting a Michellin Commander II on the front.
Radial works fine for me.Other than fitment problems with a few using the 205 tire I haven't heard of any "stay away from this tire note". I'm using the Dunlap SP 5000 and like it very much. But if I ever ware this one out I Will go with the Yokohama 195/60/16 only because it has 12/32 tread depth. Yes let us know how it all turns out.

TwoWheel may be your father but I'll still have to give you a cookie. lol
__________________

2009 Vulcan Voyager ABS/ my "Blue Goose"
BIG 3 = PCV w/ Ign/Cobra Slip-ons/Thunder Air Kit
Kuryakyn "Longhorn Offset Highway Pegs"
Air Hawk2 seat cusion/Remote Control for house
National Cycle Fender Tips//Utopia Back Rest
Gorilla Alarm/Strebel Air Horn/14 in. Dark Shield
Kaw Rear Speakers/Galfer Break Pads
Garmin GPS, RAM mounted on break reservoir
Chrome Mug Holder/Extra Chrome/Wrapped Pipes
Flags and Mounts from "Rumbling Pride"
Dunlop SP5000 Car Tire /AMSOIL & Filter
davidsheek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 07:31 PM   #5
Bubba in TX
Lifetime Premium
 
Bubba in TX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Corsicana Texas
Posts: 1,368
Garage
Default

My size is same as Davids.... I have ran CT's for decades on at least one of my motorcycles. The one I use to go on long road trips.... Never had a problem. But I have never had a problem with a standard MC tire other than I have worn out a set in 25 and 31 days before. Gets very expensive changing MC tires every two months...

CT's ARE my "thing", it may not be yours, but if you never try it you will never know. Like anything else, it's not for everyone.

Any good internet searching in big bike forums you will find CT's in use and have been for years.... especially among the goldwing crowd. I had them on two wings too.
__________________
Bubba in TX

2011 Voyager "Betty Clunker"

A bad day on a motorcycle is better than a good day in a car

Some people collect T-shirts
I actually ride

Voyager 1700 owners...
WRAP your pipes....
You will be glad you did...

U.S.A.F. Retired
Nye County Nevada
Motor Officer Retired

Bubba in TX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2012, 05:46 PM   #6
chefdon1
Lifetime Premium
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 69
Default

Nobody addressed the mixing of radial and bias ply. My dealer would not put a CT on the rear with my original front tire. They would do it begrudgingly if I change the front to radial.
chefdon1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2012, 07:32 PM   #7
george james
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: robersonville nc
Posts: 288
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by chefdon1 View Post
Nobody addressed the mixing of radial and bias ply. My dealer would not put a CT on the rear with my original front tire. They would do it begrudgingly if I change the front to radial.
I used the same size ct you are using with original tire on front then changed the front to the mich 2, there was absolutely no change in handling of the bike. Just a note...when i first went ds i could not detect any difference in handing not even in groved roads.
__________________
2011 1700 Nomad
george james is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2012, 08:29 PM   #8
davidsheek
Top Contributor
 
davidsheek's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Orange Park Florida
Posts: 1,883
Garage
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by chefdon1 View Post
Nobody addressed the mixing of radial and bias ply. My dealer would not put a CT on the rear with my original front tire. They would do it begrudgingly if I change the front to radial.
Has the rear tire chang out already been done now?
__________________

2009 Vulcan Voyager ABS/ my "Blue Goose"
BIG 3 = PCV w/ Ign/Cobra Slip-ons/Thunder Air Kit
Kuryakyn "Longhorn Offset Highway Pegs"
Air Hawk2 seat cusion/Remote Control for house
National Cycle Fender Tips//Utopia Back Rest
Gorilla Alarm/Strebel Air Horn/14 in. Dark Shield
Kaw Rear Speakers/Galfer Break Pads
Garmin GPS, RAM mounted on break reservoir
Chrome Mug Holder/Extra Chrome/Wrapped Pipes
Flags and Mounts from "Rumbling Pride"
Dunlop SP5000 Car Tire /AMSOIL & Filter
davidsheek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2012, 08:17 AM   #9
tstorey823
BOTM Winner, April 2013
 
tstorey823's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Orlando, Fl.
Posts: 631
Garage
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by george james View Post
I used the same size ct you are using with original tire on front then changed the front to the mich 2, there was absolutely no change in handling of the bike. Just a note...when i first went ds i could not detect any difference in handing not even in groved roads.
George, what brand, model and size tire did you use?
tstorey823 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2012, 09:42 AM   #10
Lobo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Van Alstyne, TX
Posts: 113
Default

I have a Yokohama Avid 195/60/16 on mine. I tried a 205 but it was just a hair too big. Will not go back to a MC tire. I do alot of interstate driving 200 a day and was wearing out MC tires every 2 to three months. I also have a MIchelin Commander II on the front.

Lobo
__________________
2010 Voyager (Leroy)
Cobra Tri-Ovals
Grasshopper Backrest
Rear Speakers
IPOD Connection
Big Thunder Airkit
Marvella's Passenger Highway Pegs
Cobra Trunk Rack
Stebel Airhorn
Dark Side with AVID 195 60 16
Lobo is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:30 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.
Motorcycle News, Videos and Reviews
Honda Grom Forum Harley Davidson Forum Honda 600RR Kawasaki Forum Yamaha R6 Forum Yamaha FZ-09 Forum
1199 Panigale Forum Roadglide Forum Honda CBR1000 Forum Vulcan Forum Yamaha R1 Forum Yamaha R3 Forum
Ducati Monster Forum Harley Forums Honda CBR250R Forum ZX10R Forum Star Raider Forum Yamaha Viking Forum
Suzuki GSXR Forum V-Rod Forums Honda Shadow Forum Kawasaki Motorcycle Forum Star Warrior Forum KTM Duke 390 Forum
SV650 Forum BMW S1000RR Forum Honda Fury Forum Kawasaki Versys Forum Drag Racing Forum Ducati 899 Panigale Forum
Suzuki V-Strom BMW K1600 Triumph Forum Victory Forums Sportbikes BMW NineT Forum
Volusia Forum BMW F800 Forum Triumph 675 Forum MV Agusta Forum HD Street Forum Suzuki GW250 Forum
Yamaha Motorcycles Victory Gunner Forum Honda Vultus Forum HD LiveWire Forum Ninja H2 Forum