Last fall when the weather started turning cool I knew I'd be tire shopping shortly after the start of the riding season. I'd heard of darksiding here and there and spent all winter researching it. I read any I could find both pro and con, and watched every video I could find multiple time, even pausing them and examining the contact areas. I then went to other riders whom I greatly respected and discussed it with the. In the forums, no matter what brand/model it's dedicated to its always the same. Ppl who support the practice have put in hundreds of thousands of miles in all conditions and yet report absolutely zero incidents caused exclusively to the tire. They are by and large supportive of the rider no matter what the decision is. On the other hand detractors more often than not proclaim you an idiot, moron as well as a host of other things, such as but not limited to you will die a fiery death, taking a bus load of small children, puppies and nuns with you, and subsequently die and go to hell. Their proof lies in the fact that tire, motorcycle, and magazine writers all to a person declare it blasphemy. Could it be they have an agenda, likely. The have a captive consumer niche, and designing a tire that performs better is absolutely not in their best interest. So looking at all of this, and being an independent thinker and not a bleating sheep I made my choice. Was it the correct one?, we'll find out. I have came to a couple of conclusions concerning this.
1: darksiding should be strictly limiter to the heavy, torqued, touring and cruising bikes. Never on a sport bike due to lean and handling characteristics.
2: the tire you choose should be v rated, rounded shoulders, and a directional tread pattern
3: I personally would never,never,never do this on a sport tourer such as a concours due to their being a loaded up, slightly defined version of their monster sport bike cousins.
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Last edited by copperhead232; 05-05-2016 at 03:07 PM.