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Old 11-04-2012, 09:03 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I have this picture from when I put the tire on 9/13/11.



I running a General G-Max 215/45 ZR 18. Rides like a champ. Really doesn't look any different with 14000 miles on it either. I will try and take some new pics tomorrow.
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For over two years I rode "darkside" (car tire on rear) on my VTX1800 and loved it. I put over 20k miles on one tire and it still had meat on it when it was totaled. So when it comes time to replace this rear tire I'm looking at going darkside again. Had anyone already done this and if so, what tire are you using?


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Old 11-05-2012, 09:21 AM   #13 (permalink)
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And how did you total it?
I was wondering the same thing.
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I have this picture from when I put the tire on 9/13/11.



I running a General G-Max 215/45 ZR 18. Rides like a champ. Really doesn't look any different with 14000 miles on it either. I will try and take some new pics tomorrow.
What pressure you run it at


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Old 11-05-2012, 06:06 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I am running it around 40.
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:46 AM   #16 (permalink)
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And how did you total it?
A cager decided she didn't want to wait behind the one in front of her to turn left and suddenly pulled into my lane. She was doing about 5 mph when she made that decision, I was doing the speed limit-40mph.

If you a thinking my totaled was related to the car tire, think again. In fact, with the car tire, the tracking of the bike with both front and back tires locked was in a straight line, plus I always had greater stopping power with the CT vs the motorcycle tire. I almost avoided the accident but she still clipped me with her rear quarter panel. It happened so fast all I had time for was hold on for the inevitable.


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Old 11-24-2012, 06:47 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Car tires are for cars!
As has been said, the CT is not for everyone. If you don't like it, or it's not for you, excellent and more power to you, but don't show your ignorance by spouting off on something you have absolutely 0% experience with and 0% foundation to back up your biased opinion. I, on the other hand, can back up my claim with hundreds of thousands of miles, by several hundred bikers all over the country, on multiple makes and models of bikes. Sometimes it's best to keep your comments to yourself to prevent yourself from looking like a jerk as opposed to opening your trap and removing any doubt.


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Old 11-24-2012, 11:21 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I say go for it. 1300 Vtwin has had great success with his Gmax. Sure there are many other brands you can check out also. I just don't understand how they stick in the twisties since they are basically flat tires and not rounded. Also the rounded motorcycle tire has the treads on the sides to keep you stable in the turns. Apparently they do work, but still don't understand how they could be as safe as a rounded motorcycle tire. With that being said, report back and let us know what you decide...
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The thing that interests me about using a car tire is that the rubber might fill in the fender space a bit better... for those of us who don't want to do the t-mod or lowering spring. Does it raise the back end (higher seat from ground)? Any pics from the side?
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:56 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I sized the CT to match the outside diameter of the factory Elite. The CT is actually about 3 mm shorter than the factory tire. It is surprising how well it handles the curves. I have been riding the skyline highway here in Arkansas since Thursday with no problem. Again, I choose to ride the darkside but don't push anyone else to. I just like the ride and price of a CT.




From the side you can't really tell a difference. It does look wider from the back. I will say that it will track unlevel road surfaces but I am used to it.
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