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I have cookies thanks to the Darkside

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Hello everyone. I have been lurking around here for some time now and thought it might be time to post up. First and foremost, I love my XC. Awesome motorcycle with a few little quirks. I picked it up 16JAN19. Last weekend I rolled 7800 miles and I am planning a week long ride through Colorado the middle of August and since the back tire was getting close to bald, I thought it would be best to go ahead and put on a new tire. I have been comtemplating going to Darkside for quite some time, well I finally did it. Bought a Kumho SRT 195/55VR-16 for $140.00 and had it mounted and balanced for $40.00. The moment i rolled out of Bikers Bay, I realized the bike was the same. Yesterday i was on a 320 mile ride and the only compaint was the bike was at the mercy of the road irregularities: followed the cracks and grooves. Not a big problem just not what I wanted. Today i checked the tire pressure, 38 psi. Raised it 40 and set the front at 38. Went for a 200 mile ride and bingo, no more tracking problems. Ran a large 270 degree interchange bridge today purposely pushig the speed and lean angle. Once the XC set, she was rock solid at well above the normal.............. I am very pleased and now waiting to see how many miles I can get out of it. Sorry for the long post, just thought I would let you guys know.

And thanks to everyone for all the great info and entertainment I have gotten from this site.

Come to the Darkside, we have cookies.
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I've also got a darkside on my Vulcan 2000. I went dark after 15,000 miles (and three back tires). I had to replace the tire dark tire once because of a nail, that was around 30,000 miles. I had a picture of the two tires on my old phone and other than the 'tits' you couldn't tell a difference. I currently have 39,000 on my Vulcan (it will be 3 years in September). So 24,000 miles of car tire, and ZERO issues, I didn't even have to adjust the tire pressure. I think it's at 38, I've never bothered to change it.
With this car tire I have been in and out of Death Valley, over Yosemite, and numerous times through the coastal mountains and the Sierra Nevadas, and the Tehachapis, the grapevine, (I live in California so if you want more, look at a map)...
I've done solo, and 2 up with gear.
When poeple ask me how it rides with the motorcycle tire, I tell them "That's a car tire?!!!"
Some of them actually get it...
ride on.
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