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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.jsp?tireMake=General&tireModel=AltiMAX+RT43+(T-Speed+Rated)&partnum=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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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).
:grin2::grin2::grin2:
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.
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).
:grin2::grin2::grin2:
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).
:grin2::wink2::grin2:
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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i didnt think we could go that big with out possible rubbing when under a load . hows your clearance inside the fender?
Clearance is tight but with no problem, it does rub a little on the inside plastic thingy but not on the top (even though I am a bit of a load by myself at 240 'ish going on 250) Luckily the wife is barely above 110 and I rarely feel it bottom'n out.
The rubbing has dug a couple of wholes in the thing but toward the front, I consider it the cost of the great look and feel.
:grin2::smile2::laugh2:

The pix barely show the tire but I could not resist.
 

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I'm running the Nitto 225/50/16 as well...and my rear is lowered 2". Only concession I had to make to clearance was removing the outer bolts for what was the turn signal mount brace (not using OEM signals, have integrated taillight/signals) I have LOVED the tire, been on for about 9,000 miles, not even seeing significant wear. The ONLY traction degradation I've experienced is my braking distance is very slightly worse, as I'm double darkside, running a Metzler rear backwards up front...with both tires of a slightly harder compound, I can still outbrake most of the sport bikes in my club.
 

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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).
:grin2::grin2::grin2:
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 have to correct myself :serious: cus the actual tire I'm running is a Sumitomo HTR 225/60 (at least the size was right). Here are some pix, the ones where you see the checker floor is when the actual installation of the tire was taking place (not by me but the previous owner). The other rear wheel has a 240 bridge-stone exedrin and do like to swap them from time to time, if I know I'll be doing a lot of curvy-mountain riding I will put the MC tire on or If I going for a long trip I will put the car tire on. I really feel comfortable on both and they both look great on the bike.
 

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There are 3 major groups of riders when it comes to DS

1. Those who are currently riding DS and love it and swear by it, and have not at any time, spontaneously exploded into a fiery death ball.
2. Those who have NEVER had or rode DS but swear it is the worst thing ever and warn that at any time you might spontaneously explode and everyone you have ever met will most likely die.

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3. those who never had or rode DS but would like to.

the are other groups, but those are the ones I most likely see on every DS topic.
 

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There are 3 major groups of riders when it comes to DS

1. Those who are currently riding DS and love it and swear by it, and have not at any time, spontaneously exploded into a fiery death ball.
2. Those who have NEVER had or rode DS but swear it is the worst thing ever and warn that at any time you might spontaneously explode and everyone you have ever met will most likely die.

and

3. those who never had or rode DS but would like to.

the are other groups, but those are the ones I most likely see on every DS topic.
Just about sums it up, I started riding DS on my 1600 out for longevity and to get the widest look possible on a shaft restricted ride, the fact that my current ride was already DS when I got it for me was a Plus when one reason nobody snatched it b4 me was pro'bly the car tire on the rear.
On the V2K the 225 car tire gives me a wider look than the 240 MC tire or pretty close to the same look, already put close to 8,500 miles on the car tire and barely shows it, I don't think I will have to buy another tire in a couple of years, at least.
 

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Falken Zeix 205/65R16

Went narrower and taller.....
Slightly rounded profile, strong sidewall, good tread design for type of use.....:devil2:
 

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Just wanted to throw a little opinion about DS into the fray as well. Never, never got more than 4000kms (2500mi) out of a M/C tire on my V2K, not hotdogging, no burnouts, just crap roads and extreme weight.... Put 10 M/C tires before I got a chance to ride a Boss Hoss with a Falken Zeix on it. Bike was so damn heavy that you checked your lean angle each time and the tires were lasting about 10000km (6000mi) on that beast. I have put 3 DS tires on now, one of them destroyed because I put a tour trunk on and failed to check how far the mounting bolts penetrated into the tire well....(two black rooster tails of rubber on the first big bump). I average 30000km (20000mi) before tire changes now.. Front tire is M/C, they last about 15000km (9000mi). You do have to watch your lean angle a bit, especially on wet or icy roads. I don't drop the pressure much, run about 35psi when running 2 up. (over 500lbs of meat and then some luggage...):devil2:
 

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I don't know if they're available still but I've got a General Exclaim UHP and it's been a really good tire for going darkside.
 
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