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PostSubject: "Dark Side" Huh?   Wed 19 Jan 2011, 11:55

Car tyre on a scooter (or motorcycle) why is it called "Dark Side"?

My two pence (nod across the pond) - It is merely a "Granfalloon" and an attempt to make it seem cooler than it would otherwise.

Granfalloon - see "Cat's Cradle" by Kurt Vonnegut for clarity.


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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Wed 19 Jan 2011, 12:47

What are the advantages of running a car tire on a scooter? Do they wear longer? And what about handling? Robert in Az. Ride Safe.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Wed 19 Jan 2011, 14:18

Cause some people fear it
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Wed 19 Jan 2011, 14:29

Tankyuong,

But since the reference is from a fictional drama how is that scary?


Robert,

I think the primary reason is that the car tire does wear longer. Folks are all over the map on the handling and most of the 'evidence' regarding handling is anecdotal, meaning it is feeling and not necessarily evidence.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Wed 19 Jan 2011, 17:49

As I said on the thread that has obviously started this spin off.

I simply don't understand why use a car tyre, (tire).

Is it better for longer distances with little or no turns?
Is it simply for economical reasons?

We in the UK do not use car tyres on our scooters, in fact until I started posting on non UK sites I had never even heard of it.

It is the profile of the tyre that is probably the confusing issue for me. The rounded profile of the Bridgestone Hoop allows the machine to be banked over. Whereas the flat profile of the car tyre would allow superb straight riding but when cornering, especially tight turns, I can only foresee handling issues.

If some of you knowledgeable types could explain I would in all sincerity be grateful and better informed.

Thank you in advance.

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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Wed 19 Jan 2011, 18:16

JD....i assume it is called darkside because of all the controversy surrounding the subject...there really is no middle...You have your extreme "Right"(those who oppose) and your extreme left(those who favor). You know like in stars wars....the dark side was the bad.....see the trend?

A car tire does last much longer, i hear. I just installed on my scoot. so far i have had favor experience. Handling is not that much difference. I would not have gravitated to the DARKSIDE if i could get a scooter tire to last more than 5000 miles.....thats highway robbery(in my opinion).

For our comrads located "across the pond", i wouldnt install a car tire on my scooter if it was illegal in my country, but far as i know its not illegal in the USA.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Wed 19 Jan 2011, 19:20

How do you bank hard (lean) when turning at a high rate of speed?
From what I understand, the Sumitomo car tire runs underinflated so that the sidewall "gives" when banking. Is that correct?
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Wed 19 Jan 2011, 19:26

BigBird .....Absolutely. I have no problems with the tire....but i dont push it to find out how far it will go....i drive reasonably. If u do a lot of hard leaning, u may not want to get one of those, but i have nothing but good things to say about the tire under normal driving conditions.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Wed 19 Jan 2011, 19:42

I do lean aggressively when travelling at higher speeds. That's why I own a big heavy scooter capable of "ton up" speeds, as our "over the pond" friends say.
My driving style would not lend itself to a car tire on the rear. It would likely scare the bejeezus out of me if I tried a hard bank on a decreasing radius turn while accelerating on a highway on-ramp.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Wed 19 Jan 2011, 20:27

I'm of the same mind as bigbird. A car tire on a two wheeler is fine if you don't corner aggressively. Myself, the only time I don't lean aggressively (or at all for that matter) is when I am on pavement that isn't dry. On dry pavement, I really lean into the turns and curves. So therefore "for me" it wouldn't be a good idea. I too don't like the 5K to 7k limit on scooter tires, but that's scooters that have small wheel sizes. You get one of the bigger ones like a Gold Wing or a cruiser and you can probably get 10K to 15K out of the tire. That's still not as good as a car but what we operate is not a car. It's a motorcycle. Feet forward, automatic transmission notwithstanding they are still motorcycles. It's like comparing apples and oranges. And as I ride in all weather, except ice, a tire designed for the vehicle I'm operating is essential.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Wed 19 Jan 2011, 21:24

I totally understand what u guys are saying about your driving style...i live in dallas, tx and drive highway a lot so the car tire is good for me. when my scoot tires were worn out....the center only would be worn out.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Thu 20 Jan 2011, 09:38

Thanks for all the input fellow Riders, a couple of more questions, what tire brand is best for mileage and handling? also is it possible to install abs on a non abs S/Wing. I've had some close calls having to slam on the binders a few times. Ride Safe...Robert in Az.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Thu 20 Jan 2011, 18:10

im not completely certain about the abs question but i think all u need to do is switch out the brake assembly with an abs version. I made the choice of installing the Sumitomo 165/70-13 on my bike because it has the best dark side track record. as far as scooter tires which would be best...i couldnt say because i never got many miles out of any of them.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Thu 20 Jan 2011, 18:28

FlyingWing wrote:
im not completely certain about the abs question but i think all u need to do is switch out the brake assembly with an abs version. .

You'll need to do a lot more than that. You'll need different front and rear wheels, add front and rear pulser rings, add front and rear speed sensors, different front master cylinder, maybe different rear master cylinder as well, ABS module, maybe a different wiring harness for the ABS module to connect with, and who knows what else I've overlooked. The cost would be way out of sight. It would make way more sense to just buy a Swing with ABS.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Thu 20 Jan 2011, 21:44

The car tire question comes up a lot on the VTX forum I frequent.

I have been reading on this for about 3 years now. I decided no on the CT but have no real reason to believe that it would not be a good move $$$$ wise. Last 3 to 4 times longer according to posts there.

Have watched videos from cameras mounted on the sides and under sides of bikes with the Car Tires. I was amazed at the rubber contact area during a high speed curve or turn. Much more than I would have ever imagined. Not that much less if any than the motorcycle tires.

Personally I am not in love with the look of the Car Tire on a bike. Not a real fan of the Fat Tire look.

The only advantage which is a good one is dollars - cheaper initial buy cost and last longer. ( Some users swear they brake better with a Car Tire )

Disadvantage - do tend to walk on roads with grooves or long cracks in the road.

This is a personal call I think ...

I sure don't know enough to make a call for the Wing ...
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Thu 20 Jan 2011, 22:27

Big Bird, You are right about the high cost of trying to add abs, I'm going down to the Honda dealer, see what they will give me on my 08' towards a new 2011, I've also been looking at the Mana Aprilia 850 gt, looks like it would do the job. Ride Safe...Robert in Az.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Fri 21 Jan 2011, 05:55

Car Tire on bike----rather stupid. Basic, rim/beads are different from bike to car.
(see SAE paper)
Some people say they only ride straight. How about exits/emergencies?


Doubt there are many million mile two wheel riders out there on car tires.


Car Tire ok sidecar with special rim (see EML) and bike never ridden solo.


Have some experience car tire on bike----once bought WLA HD 45 with 18" junk yard car tires----off they came in order to ride safely. Also 15" car tire/special rim on MZ ETS sidecar outfit---could not/was illegal to be used solo.


If car tires were so great, why aren't road racers or round the world riders using them? Police?


Has anyone with car tire on scooter mounted the tire themselves or had tire shop do it?

Scooters are handling compromise, no need to make it worse.


Fresh tires for me this week----amazing how just fresh proper tires improve the way the scooter feels. Next time for SilverWing @ 10,000 miles change out matched set as bike is more fun to ride when everything is right. I can and do get 10,000 out of rear, of course front goes longer, but fresh feels better.

IRC front feels better than well worn Bridgestone. Had IRC rear, but tack/nail but it in junk pile. This time Michelin on rear....I know not approved but will see how it works---Dennis Kirk has them @$42 and fresh.


I think the idiots in marketing in both japan and US should have to try to do roadside front wheel removal on SilverWing.... I am making prop to raise front wheel.
Laying bike over on side could cost expensive plastiic. For this front tire change I used only on board tools and no lift---cheated block of wood and floor jack to raise front wheel. 8mm Allen head, 22 mm socket needed. Funny that stuff doesn't come in tool kit.


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European rules on tires/mods are probably better--none approved mod=no insurance if you crash, etc.


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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Fri 21 Jan 2011, 07:36

I don't necessarily regard a car tire on a bike as stupid (rather judgemental), but I do think it is a risk. Some feel that it is a risk worth taking - especially those who put a lot of miles on their bikes and don't want to change tires 3 to 4 times a year. I can't quibble with that.

I have followed 3 different riders, two on SilverWings and one on a Burgman who were riding with car tires installed on the rear. All of them were able to negotiate "twisty roads" at speeds that were easily (and exuberantly) described as spritied. And not just for short sections - but for sustained runs of 20 - 30 miles of back to back curves.

As for the handling. Almost to a person each individual that has made the switch to a car tire has commented on the need to get used to the tire. That implies that there is a bit of a difference in handling. Based on the comments, I'm deducing that it is a greater difference than just the transition from a worn tire to a new tire.

I have read personal accounts that lead me to believe that the car tire has a tendency to make the bike a bit more inclined to try to right itself to vertical as the rider begins to exit the apex of a curve and get on the throttle. This behaviour characteristic is easily compensated for and an experienced rider should be able to adjust to this idiosyncracy rather quickly.

That said, I still would not put one on either of our bikes as I am not convinced that it is as safe as a tire designed for the purpose. We all have levels of acceptable risk that are widely divergent.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Fri 21 Jan 2011, 09:04

You know....i had a real hard time making the choice to put a car tire on my bike because of all the negative comments from those who DONT have one on their bike therefore i was getting opinions and not FACT. Boy am i glad i gave it a shot. Stupidity also falls under the category of ignorance. For all the non believers.....keep installing those expensive scoot tires. The non believers wouldnt appreciate a good deal any way.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Fri 21 Jan 2011, 10:21

FlyingWing wrote:
i had a real hard time making the choice to put a car tire on my bike because of all the negative comments from those who DONT have one on their bike therefore i was getting opinions and not FACT.

It definitely helps to separate facts from opinions.

Here is a side profile of a new Sumitomo tire



Which shows the "upper" and "lower" nibs on the sidewall. With ~36,000 miles on my tire .... both the "upper" and "lower" nibs on the sidewall are still there. It does not take much to remove the sidwall nibs ... if you ride on the sidewall Razz

- I have two front tires that show that I did not drive a straight line.

- Given the option, I ride with the "fast" riders/group (though not speeding).

- Several members on this forum have seen me riding with my Darkside tire

Which raises the key question ... how can I put so many miles on a Darkside tire and still not wear the sidewall nibs?





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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Fri 21 Jan 2011, 10:24

I am not experience at all in the dark side tire discussion. But, I would be more influenced either way if there was any empirical evidence of tire failure for a dark side setup. I read a ton of opinions of both sides. I never hear anyone say, "I had my car tire fail on my two wheeler". Am I missing that bit of evidence? As I said, I don't have a dog in this fight. If there has been any history of tire failure, can some one put a link here please.

The difference in being ignorant and stupid is that ignorance is just not knowing better, stupid is knowing better but doing it anyway. Stupid people don't ride Silverwings. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Fri 21 Jan 2011, 11:03

FlyingWing wrote:
You know....i had a real hard time making the choice to put a car tire on my bike because of all the negative comments from those who DONT have one on their bike therefore i was getting opinions and not FACT. Boy am i glad i gave it a shot. Stupidity also falls under the category of ignorance. For all the non believers.....keep installing those expensive scoot tires. The non believers wouldnt appreciate a good deal any way.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Fri 21 Jan 2011, 11:06

I did a little googling myself and found this web site. Probably won't change anyones mind, but will maybe get some of you like me out of the ignorant ditch.

http://mcdarksiders.forumotion.com/t3920-riding-on-the-darkside-question


I still have an open mind to any link to a report of CT failure on a two wheeler.

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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Fri 21 Jan 2011, 15:51

Opalsboy wrote:
I did a little googling myself and found this web site. Probably won't change anyones mind, but will maybe get some of you like me out of the ignorant ditch.

http://mcdarksiders.forumotion.com/t3920-riding-on-the-darkside-question


I still have an open mind to any link to a report of CT failure on a two wheeler.


Informative link. Knowledge is good.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Fri 21 Jan 2011, 17:32

Not wishing to be argumentative but does anyone ever consider the construction of the bike?
Granted a car tyre will last longer and may afford the same or better grip than a motorcycle tyre but what is it doing to the bike?

In my youth, radial tyres became readily available for all cars but it was made very clear in the Motoring Press that in certain cars, namely Morris 1000s in our case, the design of the suspension could not cope with the additional stresses generated by the superior cornering-grip of the radials.

One has only to look at the cars retro-fitted with tall wheels and low-profile tyres (rubber-bands) to see that they are working the suspension far harder than when fitted with standard wheels and tyres, which extra work (shock and stress) is being transmitted to the rest of the car.

The tyre is part of the suspension system of the bike and I would not be happy in fitting my Silverwing with much heavier, more stiffly-constructed car tyres without first having independent engineers' reports on the ability of the bike to withstand the extra loads over the same period of time as it would with the correct motorcycles tyres fitted.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Fri 21 Jan 2011, 21:22

because the sumitomo is a bit taller than the scoot tire i did have to back the rear suspension back one notch....but now it rides like a cadillac. I wouldnt change that tire for a free scoot tire. I didnt get my tire from tire rack ...i bought it from another site a bit cheaper and it arrived to dallas from oregon in three days....blew my mind. If someone wants to know the link PM me....other wise happy scooting on cheap chinese rubber :-)
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 22 Jan 2011, 03:15

I cannot find any direct link but the MoT, (Ministry of Transport) site says indirectly you cannot mix car tyres and bike tyres and an examiner will fail your bike therefore making it illegal to ride on public roads.

So for me in the UK that means the tyre debate is no longer an issue as I could never legally fit a 'darkside' tyre anyway!! Smile It was good reading up on the matter. Enjoy your tyre longevity, we Brits will continue to pay mega bucks to throw our 'Wings' around on rounded tyres Laughing Laughing .
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 22 Jan 2011, 11:13

As a side line curiosity question... do yall have trikes in the UK? If so, do they allow CT on the real axles? I will have two CTs on the rear of my trike, but, it will have standard automobile wheels as well. The front will remain MT until the time comes that I decide whether to add CT to the front. I probably won't live long enough to put many more sets of tires on anything. I am not sure how often tires have to changed on wheel chairs in nursing homes. Laughing
I may be the first to go Dark Side in the local home. Now that is another forum to get started.....
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 22 Jan 2011, 11:33

Hi Gary, yes we have trikes, and most of them do have car tyres fitted, but there again they are purpose made for that fitting. A few sidecar outfits have them fitted as well, some front and rear, others just to the rear depending on the suspension fittings.

Trikes mainly fall into two catagories here in the UK, those built from scratch as trikes by such firms as Boom, Rewarco, Can-am etc. and those built converting (mainly) motorcycles or three wheeler vehicles like Reliants.

The production machines are type tested and registered as such. The 'individualy' built machines are put through a 'Single Vehicle Approval' Test or SVA for short. On completion of the inspection, which can take upto 5 hours, the vehicle is issued with the relevant documentation to make it a 'new' machine - what you don't get is an age related plate unless you can meet some very specific criteria during the build; most refer to the use of new parts or parts from a donor vehicle. If you can't meet those requirements then you get a 'Q' plate which used to be a hinderance for insurance purposes etc. but today isn't a problem so much because the SVA gaurantees a very high minimum standard of engineering work has taken place and the whole vehicle meets those standards!

Fitting car tyres is the riders choice, how it would effect the outcome of court proceedings etc. should it be found that such a fitment contributed to an accident is a differant matter; as always most riders I know tell their insurance company of such modification just to make sure they are covered.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 22 Jan 2011, 13:33

Adjusting the suspension doesn't alter the effect of a heavier tyre on the unsprung parts of the bike. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 22 Jan 2011, 14:10

Skippy wrote:
Fitting car tyres is the riders choice, how it would effect the outcome of court proceedings etc. should it be found that such a fitment contributed to an accident is a differant matter; as always most riders I know tell their insurance company of such modification just to make sure they are covered.

As I stated Skippy if a bike went to MoT with a car tyre it would fail.

I suppose like illegal cans, you could remove the CT before inspection, replace with OEM wheel and tyre, MoT bike then refit CT!!! Dunno why you'd go to that length but hey ho!!

And yes, if an insurance co. got wind, - get out clause 1!!! As we all know UK insurance companies do. Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sun 23 Jan 2011, 02:41

Things in the US are different vis a vis car tires and insurance. I know there are a lot of Darksiders riding in the US but haven't heard of any insurance problems on any of the forums I visit. On the Steve Saunders Goldwing forum (one of the largest on the 'net) there are many Darkside riders. All report good things with CTs on there bikes. Most use CTs because of the claimed longer tire life.
I don't go Darkside for two basic reasons. First, I can afford motorcycle and scooter tires and don't really care if I have to buy more of them. Second, I believe there's a reason that motorcycle tires are designed and made a bit differently for a reason. I like the way my GW and SW handle on bike tires, I don't want to have to get 'used' to them handling slightly differently.
Darksiders are all test pilots, there are somethings I don't want to be on the cutting edge of, I'd prefer to be back on the reliability curve a bit. I don't call Darksiders fools, knaves or ignorant. There are many of them and a lot of them have done quite a bit of quantitative and qualitative testing on their CTs. Those of use who haven't tried them can't say much about it on anything other than a philosophical or personal preference basis. We can't say it won't work when it appears that it does. I haven't heard of anyone being in an accident caused by using a CT on their bikes. I'm sure if it happened being such a controversial subject it would be on the forums by now. It isn't. Ergo you don't die immediately when riding on CTs. For those reasons I wouldn't call any one ignorant, stupid or any other derogatory name just be cause they use a different tire on their bike with nothing but opinion to back it up. To do so would be ignorant and stupid.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Mon 24 Jan 2011, 13:50

I'm kinda dying to try it out, but certainly don't have the resources to do it myself and I doubt the local Honda dealership I go to would like the idea.

I know some independent cycle shops in the area, should I call and ask them what they think of doing it for me or is this something that shops do all the time as a regular thing.

If anyone knows of someplace in middle Tenn or North Alabama I'd love a recommendation. Well, not "anyone." I am not interested in anything grins has to say on this.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Mon 24 Jan 2011, 16:52

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I'm kinda dying to try it out, but certainly don't have the resources to do it myself and I doubt the local Honda dealership I go to would like the idea.

I removed the tire from the Silverwing myself and took it to the Honda dealer along with the new Darkside tire. I told them I did not care what they put on the bill nor did I care if they even if they chose not to mention anything about mounting a tire on the bill ... and I would still pay the bill. The installed two of my Darkside tires with no problems.

On I would simply ask them if I brought a rim in and a non-standard tire would they mount it for me ... do not even tell them it is for a motorcycle!

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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Fri 04 May 2012, 23:52

Some of the members of my BIL's Goldwing club, including him, are going dark side. Looking at a Goldwing on it's side stand, which is the lean you would get in some curves, you can see the dark side tires deform and you can see the patch area hitting the road.... Just an interesting observation.

The riders report the bike handles fine, which is what I hear about the Silverwing. Very rarely do you hear of someone going Darkside and then switching back......

I am looking forward to putting a dark side on my Swing with a bit more tread and bite.... off road, here I come..... or not....
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 05 May 2012, 00:29

I have put 20,000 miles on a car tire on my 94 wing. I am a few millimeters from the wear bars. It has performed great. My type of riding wears a Dunlop E3 tire out in 11,000 miles.

The E3 costs $210. My car tire was $87 to my door.

I recently put a car tire on my Silverwing. I don't have enough miles on it to report anything yet besides it rides a little different that the cupped motorcycle tire I had on there. It is quieter and smoother than the old tire was. I wish I knew what causes the cupping on the motorcycle tire as it had plenty of thread on it, but it rumbled like a tank on asphalt.

We will see how many miles I will get out of this tire. $50 shipped to my door.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 05 May 2012, 08:19

Car tyres on two wheeled vehicles in UK is illegal (and certainly won't pass an MOT inspection).

I think 'Darkside' was introduced into popular culture by the Star Wars films.

Sorry to be pedantic Dale but it should be 'tuppence worth', not 'two pence worth' Pence refers to our metric money not the good old £sd. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 05 May 2012, 10:32

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Car tyre on a scooter (or motorcycle) why is it called "Dark Side"?

My two pence tuppence worth (nod across the pond) - It is merely a "Granfalloon" and an attempt to make it seem cooler than it would otherwise.

Granfalloon - see "Cat's Cradle

tarmacburner2 wrote:
Car tyres on two wheeled vehicles in UK is illegal (and certainly won't pass an MOT inspection).

I think 'Darkside' was introduced into popular culture by the Star Wars films.

Sorry to be pedantic Dale but it should be 'tuppence worth', not 'two pence worth' Pence refers to our metric money not the good old £sd. Smile

Cheers,

I appreciate the correction, I'm something of a cultural neandrethal when it comes to GB, so no harm done to me.

And as to the car tire use - No skin off my nose. I live in a NASA town so know all too well about the Star Wars connection, I've not seen any of the blasted movies and have no plans to change that. As for the use of 'darkside' to describe the application of an object for a purpose other than what it was intended - I will stand by my assertion that it is simply a device to make it seem cooler!

So I guess I object to the use of the term on two levels - My opinion - stupid movie(s) and stupid application of a word.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 05 May 2012, 13:05

Hello Dale,

Correction was the 'tuppence' bit, Star Wars and UK use were purely for information purposes. We Brits realise how far away you are from the 'mother country' so you don't always get all of the information you need. Personally I think you colonials are doing a wonderful job over there. Rolling Eyes Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 05 May 2012, 13:19

Car tires on two wheelers is stupid and should be made illegal, anybody with half a brain can see why they are made differenly. Forget the extended mileage, its safety you're looking for, you can't tell me anyone who can afford to by a G/W can't afford to use the proper tires intended. Ride Safe.

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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 05 May 2012, 13:54

robert wrote:
Car tires on two wheelers is stupid and should be made illegal, anybody with half a brain can see why they are made differenly. Forget the extended mileage, its safety you're looking for, you can't tell me anyone who can afford to by a G/W can't afford to use the proper tires intended. Ride Safe.

Robert

I concur.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 05 May 2012, 14:05

More "Tales from the Darkside". Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 05 May 2012, 14:32

I know I shouldn't say this, because Terry (bigbird) told me this in confidence. But Terry said he doesn't use the car tire since guys from Canada aren't "man" enough. I think Terry and Larryinseattle should get together at the U.N. and issue a resolution to decide the fate of the "darkside" debate.

We can put them up in a very small hotel room and lock the door until they come up with a compromise on this issue.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 05 May 2012, 15:01

Try it....you might like it affraid affraid
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 05 May 2012, 15:51

JeffR_ wrote:


We can put them up in a very small hotel room and lock the door until they come up with a compromise on this issue.

And Jeff wants to hide in the closet and observe.
Time for you to come out of the closet, Jeff Wink
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 05 May 2012, 16:40

I think this car tire stuff funny------why miss the fun of a good handling scooter in SilverWing Case?

I suspect car tire types=overwieght, never rode well, like back rests, highway pegs and have low lifetime mileages, don't go on gravel/dirt roads Maybe don't know how good handling bike feels. Have any of the car tire types on this forum ridden over a million miles??


Think real danger is that car rim beads and bike rim beads are different. There is SAE paper on it somewhere.

Attempt to save a little money stupid in my book. Crashing hurts and is expensive!

Wonder how many of them do they own tire work? Haven't seen anyroad racers on them for solo bikes.

My latest Pirelli Diablo can in under $50 for rear. Motorcyling/scootering is kind of dangerous and the ability to do proper avoidance stuff rather critical......but no skill or ability to do (car tire) you are going to wack something or run off road anyway.

For SilverWing-----worn out OEM---put on new fresh set. You have to be pretty numb to not notice improvemant in "feel".
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 05 May 2012, 16:56

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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 05 May 2012, 17:35

I think this is one topic that has been beaten to death several times over
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 05 May 2012, 22:06

Comtempt prior to investigation will make an idiot out of ya.
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PostSubject: Re: "Dark Side" Huh?   Sat 05 May 2012, 22:41

john grinsel wrote:
I think this car tire stuff funny------why miss the fun of a good handling scooter in SilverWing Case?

I suspect car tire types=overwieght, never rode well, like back rests, highway pegs and have low lifetime mileages, don't go on gravel/dirt roads Maybe don't know how good handling obike feels. Have any of the car tire types on this forum ridden over a million miles??


Think real danger is that car rim beads and bike rim beads are different. There is SAE paper on it somewhere.

Attempt to save a little money stupid in my book. Crashing hurts and is expensive!

Wonder how many of them do they own tire work? Haven't seen anyroad racers on them for solo bikes.

My latest Pirelli Diablo can in under $50 for rear. Motorcyling/scootering is kind of dangerous and the ability to do proper avoidance stuff rather critical......but no skill or ability to do (car tire) you are going to wack something or run off road anyway.

For SilverWing-----worn out OEM---put on new fresh set. You have to be pretty numb to not notice improvemant in "feel".

A million miles? I am working on my first 100,000. I put 20,000 of it on a car tire with my Goldwing in the last 18 months. It works for me. I don't really care what others think of my riding style or bike. I come on here to share my experience with others.

I appreciate the nay sayers efforts to save lives by informing others about the dangers of a car tire.

If you are open minded and have some questions regarding the subject matter, pm me.... I might be able to direct your search as I did an incredible amount of research prior to ordering my tire.

Or join the other thread that is invite only and talk to some people who have done it.
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