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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-13-2019, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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CT on a 900 classic lt

I have been reading about tires for motorcycles. Some have suggested that a car tire would work. Anybody tried that on a 900. Just wondering if bike is heavy enough. Any pro's or cons would be appreciated. Thanks
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I would think that's a horrible idea. Completely different shape in cornering.

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I would think that's a horrible idea. Completely different shape in cornering.

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This reply, coming from someone that has never tried it, but has an expert .opinion .
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I have been reading about tires for motorcycles. Some have suggested that a car tire would work. Anybody tried that on a 900. Just wondering if bike is heavy enough. Any pro's or cons would be appreciated. Thanks
They work great, and last around 30/40,000 miles. It does take about 100 miles to get used to,some take a lot less. Run about 31/34# air,to allow the tire to flex in curves. They do ride much better than a bike tire, rear brakes really work, drive in the rain like it was dry pavement. I have been Darkside, for about 15 years, and would not go back to a bike tire in the rear.
Here is what other 900 riders are using,
Kawasaki 900 Classic LT 2006 General Altimax HP 195/65-15 38-40
Kawasaki 900LT 2007 General Ultimax 195/65/15
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This reply, coming from someone that has never tried it, but has an expert .opinion .
He never said he was an expert
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Check out these sites for information: https://darkside.nwff.info/ & http://forums.delphiforums.com/DarkSiding?gid=2139268390. I've had a General Altimax P195/65-15 on my 900 Custom for 8 years and wouldn't trade it for the world. Any time you change a motorcycle tire for a different style it takes a while to get used to, darkside is no different. I figured risking $70 was worth it to try.
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Simply didn't know man. Chill.

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Just wondering what you mean by getting used to. What does it do? Act weird on certian road conditions. Low speed turning? Buck like a Bronco? I didn't realize it was called the dark side. I never had experience with anyone that used a ct. I have been doing a lot of work to my bike in the week I have owned it. Making it mine, adding things that make it more enjoyable to me. Looking at the back tire it is completely worn in the middle and sides are like new. I guess the previous owner didn't do much spirted riding.But wore as it is it kinda looks like a car tire.
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Is there a reason why you chose General Altimax HP 195/65-15. I can not find a tire that looks the same as the picture of your tire. The ones I'm finding have an rt43 in the name. Where did you get your tire?

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