900 now on Darkside
For those that may have missed before, i tried to go Darkside (car tire on motorcycle) before but could not get the bead to set. For some reason no amount of sun or air pressure could get the bead set on my spoke rim using a tube. After some searching and waiting on ebay i was able to come across a rear rim from a Custom for only $160. Had to get it!!! I was able to mount the tire with 100 lbs of air and letting it sit in the warm CO sun. Now for the info.
General Altimax 195/60-15. Directional tread tire for better wet handling. Took it on a test ride of about 100 miles and LOVE IT!!! I actually enjoy the handling, takes a little more push into the corners like a bike with a big rear tire (215+) but it feels like I have more control. The traction is amazing, and after dragging the floorboards I noticed I am nowhere near the sidewall of the tire, still plenty of tread, almost an inch before the side. Braking is more stable and it handles bumps way better (probably do to the softer car tire rubber).
I will not kid there is a downside I noticed already. One of the freeways I tested it on is grooved and it really wanted to wobble, but since I hardly ever ride that road and most of my riding is on the way to work or back highways through the US I don't see this being a problem. I was also doing 90 which could have been slowed down to alleviate this tendency.
I will post some pics in a day or two when I get around to it (kinda lazy, ask the parents about posting recent pics of their grandkid) but will get it up with a comparison of the two tires as well. If anyone has questions feel free to ask and I will post updates as I ride in different weather but so far so good!!!
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