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Current hot ticket on the Darkside?

About time to start thinking about a new rear tire on the 2K. Currently have a Michelin Pilot Sport A/S and it's been a good tire but they don't make the same one any more.

What's the hot ticket these days on the darkside for 205/55 or 205/60?
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Going darkside opens a HUGE can of worms with riders. The consensus is close to 50/50 split.

I like the idea of going darkside purely for the tire longevity. However, car tires are not designed to handle the angles motorcycles can achieve. Care tires are fine as long as the bike is going in a straight line; but, once it starts taking a corner, the amount of tread touching the pavement reduces dramatically.

I'd spend some time reading about darksiders and weighing in on the pro's and con's of each side of the topic.

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I appreciate the concern for well-being but just looking for what other Darksiders are using for tires these days. Have been driving on the Darkside for ~15,000 miles thus have a reasonable grasp of the pros and cons.
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Going darkside opens a HUGE can of worms with riders. The consensus is close to 50/50 split.

I like the idea of going darkside purely for the tire longevity. However, car tires are not designed to handle the angles motorcycles can achieve. Care tires are fine as long as the bike is going in a straight line; but, once it starts taking a corner, the amount of tread touching the pavement reduces dramatically.

I'd spend some time reading about darksiders and weighing in on the pro's and con's of each side of the topic.
Hehe yeah this is a huge topic. the only thing i have seen people get hotter about is religious debates.

Now as a darksider myself i have to weigh in lightly here and this is no stab at anyone. but the note about the contact patch. it really dont reduce that badly. the tire flexes with you and you never hit the sidewall or anything like that the peoples try to speak about. as with any tire you lean you will loose some contact. but with a CT you still have double if not slightly more tread on the ground then a MT. personally i found that my cornering is a whole lot tighter and i can lean a lot harder on a CT then a MT. when i had a MT on the back i always felt like it was slippery . with the CT i feel confident that i have the traction i need to power through a corner. and with as much TQ as these bikes throw out rolling on in a corner can feel a litter nerve racking.

THAT being said. i understand people who dont feel comfortable with em. when i made the swap i thought it was the dumbest damn thing i ever tried but i gave it about 250 miles and after that i learned how to ride on it because it dose take a little different technique i find myself pushing the bike into a corner more then leaning it.

NOW for the OP . i run a 205/60 on mine this is the tire i use https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...um=06TR6AMRT43 i swear by them if you want to go that route. its affordable and the durability and grip in all weather is great. even in wet weather i never feel slippery or have grip issues and i run between 28-35 psi depending on where i am riding and if im 2 up or not. i found that if its too full of air that the handling gets stiff but if you let out a little air the tire softens and get better in the corners.

hope something here helps. ive put close to 20k miles on this brand of tire and ive only changed it twice. . once was because i abused it one summer a lot with burn outs and show related stuff after a vegas run from mid ks. but im avg 3-4 years per tire on them right now if i dont abuse the hell out of it.
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I appreciate the concern for well-being but just looking for what other Darksiders are using for tires these days. Have been driving on the Darkside for ~15,000 miles thus have a reasonable grasp of the pros and cons.
Exactly. Asking about a tire recommendation not the concept.


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Exactly. Asking about a tire recommendation not the concept.
Oh, I thought this was an open forum. Was I mistaken? Besides, OP didn't specifically say they were a darksider in their initial post, did they?

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Nitto 225/50 R16 on mine.
Great thread look and nice rounded edges, really fills out the rear fender, absolutely steady on the highway courtesy of the width (I heard somebody say I could almost leave the bike without setting the sidestand down).

The thing that improved the feel of the bike the most was the front fork oil change, can't eve tell I am darkside riding trough the corners.
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Nitto 225/50 R16 on mine.
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Did that fit on your stock rim or did you have to change rims?

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Nitto 225/50 R16 on mine.
Great thread look and nice rounded edges, really fills out the rear fender, absolutely steady on the highway courtesy of the width (I heard somebody say I could almost leave the bike without setting the sidestand down).

The thing that improved the feel of the bike the most was the front fork oil change, can't eve tell I am darkside riding trough the corners.
i didnt think we could go that big with out possible rubbing when under a load . hows your clearance inside the fender?
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Did that fit on your stock rim or did you have to change rims?
It did, not that I mounted it 'cus the previous owner had it on when I got it, I consider that it basically destined that particular beast for me, he told me several guys had come down to see the bike and were discourage after finding out it was darkside, when I called him I was driving the 2 hours to come and see the bike he was hesitant in telling me it had a car tire on the rear but I was riding on the dark side already so it was a plus for me (a fact that I did not share with him at the time).

I have since gone double dark side with a rear tire mounted on hte front and gotten an extra rim and mounted a 240 /50 r16 (also on a stock rim) bike tire and divide my time b'teen the 2 wheels, the beast looks great on any of the 2.
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