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Darkside, the 1st ride

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    Darkside, the 1st ride

    Awesome day for a ride, I had to work actually, meet a client 9am and check out a few other job sites, a typical day of work riding typical route as well

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    first thing I did this AM was check the tire pressure, the original inflation was to 40 psi and in a heated garage, I'm still parking my bike outside till snow flies, temp was 18 this morning, the tire was down to 35psi, I pumped it up to 45 based on more darkside research

    even at 45psi, the cage tire feels softer rubber and carcass than the TKC80 I've been running. the TKC80s I believe are Bias Ply so I'm runin a radial ply car tire in back and bias ply knobby bike tire in front

    when I first hit the pavement, my bike had been warming for close to 10 minutes, so it was completely warm on the temp guage, I grabbed a handful of throttle to se if I could spin it up, it gripped well on cold pavement , then a brake test , it skidded probably the same distance as a bike tire, hard to tell, pavement is getting cold, it did skid straight, no tendancy to kick out to one side or the other like a bike tire, from that point, I took it easy and gradually leaned more, cornered faster, it became very confidence inspiring

    One thing I have never been able to do with a bike tire is slide all my weight off the bike in a corner without upsetting the bike with this tire, it's easy, it gets around corners plenty good cause its so easy to get your weight off

    turn in doesn't feel any more different than comparing a 17" front tire to a 19" if anything, its quicker, but I'm comparin from comming off a bald knobby TKC80 in back that was squirley all over the place

    On gravel and even loose freshly graded gravel traction is fantastic, I think as good or better than a new TKC80 or Karoo

    much more rear brake power

    corner on gravel, hang off just like on pavement , my pace was 45-60 most of the day

    I'm sold, bikes otta come with a car tire in back, how does it handle ? like a radial tire, the sidewall squishes on one side, the other side stretches straight, when yer straight up, both sides bulge a bit, isn't that the way all radial tires work

    Now I'm planning to get a studded Hakk 5 for after snow flies to compliment the front studded Karoo T I have left over from last winter

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    Re: Darkside, the 1st ride

    wow, you actually did it...kudos, and thanks for the ride report

    the fact that it squishes worries me. if you're starting to lean the bike over, and the sidewall is in the process of squishing, won't that make leaning + accelerating, unpredictable?

    I'm also interested to know what the actual tire life is; I'm guessing it's drastically more than any motorcycle tire

    and will this work on a street legal dirt bike with a 17x3.5" rear wheel

    edit: definitely not on a 3.5" rim...I'd be going from a 100/100-17 to a 195/45-17 at best

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    Re: Darkside, the 1st ride

    Nice! what kinda bike were you riding?

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    Re: Darkside, the 1st ride

    Quote Originally Posted by Rossco View Post
    Nice! what kinda bike were you riding?
    V-strom 1000, General Altimax Artic 205/50-17 on the back



    Track Day maybe ?

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    Re: Darkside, the 1st ride

    how's the warm up time compared to a regular motorcycle tire?

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    Re: Darkside, the 1st ride

    there isn't really any warm up time to speak of, they don't get as warm, as a bike tire, at least on the cold pavment we had today

    the Altimax I have has sipes that are over 1/2" deep, rubber conforms to road imperfections without being heated


    yes, that ice you can see in the puddle in the photo, strong enuf for my 300lb lard ass to walk on



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    Re: Darkside, the 1st ride

    Those last pics, Randy: where'd you take those?

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    Re: Darkside, the 1st ride

    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    Those last pics, Randy: where'd you take those?
    Ridge Road, Eaton/Conway

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    Re: Darkside, the 1st ride

    You'll never use all that power...

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    Re: Darkside, the 1st ride

    If its any help at all....I run those same tires for winters on my FWD Jetta. I love em. I'd put it up against any all wheel drive car/truck/SUV with all-seasons any day of the week....awesome in the snow, and I have had no issues on dry or wet roads.

    And I am a frequent driver to Jay peak and have not gotten stuck on the hills. If anyone has driven there in a snowstorm (all the time) they know how much of a pain it is.

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    Re: Darkside, the 1st ride

    Quote Originally Posted by JettaJayGLS View Post
    If its any help at all....I run those same tires for winters on my FWD Jetta. I love em. I'd put it up against any all wheel drive car/truck/SUV with all-seasons any day of the week
    ya, I still consider it a summer tire on my bike, I got it cause it was cheap to experiment with

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    Darkside,1st ride mini mud season

    anybody that travels on gravel roads in northern new england knows what they are like today, a week or so of freezing nights has driven the frost in few inches, yesterdays rain is stuck in the top 2-4", road are a sea of mud

    the Altimax Artic is AWESOME, doesn't get sucked into ruts or when you ride into one, is just as easy to ride out, and didn't spin up my front is a TKC80 about 40% wear left and was slip sliding, with Karoo's or TKC's on both ends, the rear spins out before the front slip slides around

    I was getting yanked around, following the front in places, in curves I had to slow right down to 1st gear or take a wide front wheel not wanting to steer the bike kinda turn, but after I got the hang of it, pushing the front wheel thru the mud wasn't bad

    what's available in a 19" (stock 110/80-19) that would be better than a Karoo or TKC in the mud

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    Re: Darkside,1st ride mini mud season

    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    what's available in a 19" (stock 110/80-19) that would be better than a Karoo or TKC in the mud
    You could try any of the 19" motocross rear tires. They'd obviously be squirrelier on pavement, but they've got much more aggressive knobs to bite into the mud. Kenda makes a version of the Millville with a softer rubber compound for better grip on hard surfaces, so that might be a good one to look into.

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    Re: Darkside, the 1st ride

    There's only one solution: Fit a car tire to the front!

    Do it.

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    It would have to be a 19" spare tire

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    Re: Darkside, the 1st ride

    That tire is great, i have them on the wifes car.....But on a bike? thats awesome...

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    Re: Darkside, the 1st ride

    about 6000 miles so far, no visible sign of wear yet

    I freaked out yesterday, putting bike away I noticed tire tracks that looked like a truck had backed up to my workshop turned out to be my own tracks

    downsides of the car tire on back

    1. it's not an ideal tire for agressive sport riding, while its got the traction and can do the job, it required more effort, I think not because its a car tire, but just because it's a 205 instead of a 150

    thats about it for downsides

    advantages of a car tire on back

    1. rubber that doesn't need to warm up to stick
    2. long lasting tread, I expect even the softest winter tire rubber to last 25k+
    3. deep tread, good in wet, good in snow, good in mud, good on gravel

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    Re: Darkside, the 1st ride

    that square carcass has to feel a little funny

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    Re: Darkside, the 1st ride

    Quote Originally Posted by xrocket21 View Post
    that square carcass has to feel a little funny

    its a radial carcass flexes the same as a radial motorcycle tire, its only the treadcap that makes it appear square

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    I freaked out yesterday, putting bike away I noticed tire tracks that looked like a truck had backed up to my workshop turned out to be my own tracks

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