PROSLooking for pros and cons on going dark! Open to suggestions on tire.
SE YA IN OCTOBER IN PA ! :wink2:I guess it's time. I bought a spare rear rim about three years ago with the intention of trying a ct. I've been satisfied with the stock Bridgestone mc tires so the spare rim has just been gathering dust. I usually get anywhere between 10k to 15K miles before I need to replace. This spring I got a small nail in the rear tire. The tire didn't leak, but it was getting close to the wear bars so I replaced it. Today while checking the tires I noticed another nail in the almost new tire. Soapy water indicated just a very small leak. I pulled the nail and plugged the tire. Thankfully I found these nails while at home and neither caused any serious issue. But I need to take it as a warning sign. If there's one thing I hate it's getting stuck on the side of the road and even worse would be a sudden quick and complete deflation. I'll follow Monk's advice and buy a Pirelli run flat. I may even find the time to attend this fall's DS ride in and get to meet in person all you kamikazes :wink2:.
Interestingly, when I first tried the Michelin, I did not like it at all. I'm currently running a Yoko, but am going to try the SnowControl next.[stuff deleted]
Perhaps the best way to compare is first selecting the "right" CT, and also having 2 rear wheels so one can swap back and forth. This is what I did 8 years ago and even periodically today. But I always come to the same conclusion. The MC tire just does not deliver the better load rating, run-flat feature, traction, smooth ride and gyroscopic stability in severe cross winds.... as does the CT.
First. Mich- Alpin
Now Pirelli Winter 210 snowcontrol
So that's my story.:serious:
I'm not defensive about the tires I run. However, IMO the industry will never embrace CTs on a MC. It is very simple - follow the money. I spend $200 or so on a MC tire and get 10K out of it. I spend $120 or so on a RF CT and get 15K from the tire. Why would Bridgestone / Dunlop / Michelin support me buying a cheaper tire and getting more miles out of it? Why would motorcycle publications who are supported by tire companies recommend cheaper tires with longer life?I think it might be time to stop calling it the darkside. Why be defensive? Running a CT, particularly a run-flat CT, on a motorcycle is an absolute no-brainer. It's an enlightened view and should be called the lightside.
195/55 R16My thanks to all that replied to my ?s. I live currently on the Western side of Washington State, where even concrete blocks grow fur, my GW is an 2012 which I am enjoying immensly.
I do plan on going Dark, ..... My next ? is not so much the tire but the size, definitely will be RF as I have had the experience of recently running over some debris and having the rear tire immediately go flat....not a fun thing to have happen at freeway speeds.
Thanking you in advance