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Riding on the Darkside

Has anyone tried the new "riding on the dark side". It is on youtube where people install a car tire on their motorcycle. Three are to many videos posted up so I am not going to add an attachment.

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post #2 of 26 Old 03-25-2009, 10:33 AM
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I read about it on a Honda Shadow forum. They get pretty defensive about it. The only time I've ever seen someone riding "darkside" they turned into a gas station and it went up on the edge of the tire. They say you can get a lot of mileage out of a ct but you better not ride hard in curves.

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I think I'll just trust the tire companies and motorcycle manufacturers on this one. They have enough engineers working for them to make me feel confident in buying tires created for the application.

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That's how I feel. I am sticking with motorcycle specific tires, but didn't know if anyone had tried it. I wouldn't want to sacrifice my handling in the turns. going straight is the easy part. I don't think it would be worth saving the money to sacrifice my riding enjoyment in the curves.

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I checked this out and noticed that these guys either don't ride very hard, or they are riding a cruiser and don't know how a motorcycle is supposed to handle in a curve anyway. Now way would I try this on the 9'r.

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people are stupid....

why the hell would you put a car tire on a bike??


would you put bike tires on your car??


darwin was right..



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Dont be so quick to judge unless you've researched it... which most of you quite obviously haven't.

People aren't doing this to their CBRs and 919's, they are doing it to their 600+ LB cruisers which they want to ride for 15-30thousand miles per tire change.

If I ever wanted to ride a boring bike down a boring stretch of road for ever and ever.... hell yeah i'd try it.

This isn't about darwin, it's about the internet peanut gallery slapping themselves on the back and and feeling good about themselves for being able to mock another creative solution hey weren't bright enough to come up with, ballsy enough to test, or intelligent enough to see that it doesn't apply to their situation to begin with.

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i've seen it on a big cruiser, but they guy was trying to sell it saying all his friends had been hurt blah blah blah, all the while i'm looking at the rear tire saying well that might have something to do with getting hurt if they were running the same type tire, it wasn't even an expensive tire just a run of the mill cheap like pep boys brand!! but I am quick to judge

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I dont care if its a cruiser or a sportbike or a schwinn a car tire will not handle right on a bike.

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oh, ok. I take it all back then.

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Motorbike tire = U : Car tire = l_l Not hard to see how much better the motorbike tire is going to do on the turns. To address the "peanut gallery" comment, most folks who put a giant car tire on the back of their bikes do not do so because they ride 30,000 miles a year. In the custom/cruiser world, having a giant back tire seems to be the "in" thing. Same thing with having a raked out front and giant apehangers. Looks cool to some, but is piss in the performance department. All the high mileage bikes I have EVER seen have regular motorcycle tires on them. CT on bikes are for people who dont ride much.

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CT on bikes are for people who dont ride much.
Or for the hardcore rider who doesn't care to hit all the twisty stuff with any aggression. If I had a big comfy cruiser and was taking a cross country trip, I might consider this mod.

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Seriously? High mileage from a car tire, sure, I can see it. But what kind of fun is it to endlessly ride a motorcycle in a straight line? If I am just going to go from point A to B without any of the fun motorcycles are all about, I'll just take the cage and relax.

Go to the Iron butt rally this year and see how many of them are running car tires. You can't get much more high mileage than those guys.

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...In the custom/cruiser world, having a giant back tire seems to be the "in" thing.

...CT on bikes are for people who dont ride much.

Sorry bud but if you are comparing the guys with CT rears to custom bike builders and chopper aficionados you are obviously making this stuff up as you go and haven't actually researched anything.

Seriously... you don't have to appreciate or embrace something to speak open mindedly and factually about it.

Many people would do well to remember this little fact.

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Sorry bud but if you are comparing the guys with CT rears to custom bike builders and chopper aficionados you are obviously making this stuff up as you go and haven't actually researched anything.

Seriously... you don't have to appreciate or embrace something to speak open mindedly and factually about it.

Many people would do well to remember this little fact.
What do you consider research?

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What do you consider research?
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i like tires that smoke when you spin them at high speeds without moving. i haven't had many that failed that test.

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i like tires that smoke when you spin them at high speeds without moving. i haven't had many that failed that test.

A CT will smoke longer!

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people are stupid....
why the hell would you put a car tire on a bike??
would you put bike tires on your car??
darwin was right..
I know of a guy who has a Hyundai car tire on the back of his Valkyrie sidecar outfit, and he gets 80,000km plus from the rear.

That's a good reason, and he gets bulk more traction and control.

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I googled google. My tower imploded like an aluminum can.

Read a blurb once about car tires vs m/c tires once. The big thing seemed to be that car tires have mucho more siping and that makes them too "squirmy" for m/c useage. Or that's why bike tires aint siped.

SIPES, MAN. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE SIPES.

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I'll bite. This is a neat idea that I would try on the 9'er.

Check out this cool vid:

[youtube]qoNDo7o1d6Q[/youtube]

Surely control in the twisties could be mastered with practice. I could even envision more fun with a hard-compound CT, smokin' up the rear, or slidin' around a bit. Plus, when I take my girl off-road, the CT would be a big plus! For me at least, form follows function.

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Here's another vid... just 'cause I like embedding...

[youtube]tozvjE6rzhw[/youtube]

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i think i am going to go to tire kingdom they have a big sale right now... i am gonna put a 26" rim with one of those little rubber band tires on...



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Ten percent ?! uh oh. That "simple" tread on the wing makes pretty good sense. And props to the rider for the camera work. THATS direct info.

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post #25 of 26 Old 05-02-2009, 03:20 PM
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Here's another vid... just 'cause I like embedding...

[youtube]tozvjE6rzhw[/youtube]
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interesting to see this thread is coming back to life. I still say I will never try it, but if someone here wants to and will report back feel free to do so.

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