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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.

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Pisspot, I took your advice and went darkside today. http://darkside.nwff.info/displaymileage.php
The bike handles like before... no noticeable difference. I ordered the Kumho 195/55RF16 KU31 from TireRack.com and had it installed at Two Wheel World in Arlington TX. (shameless plugs for those two merchants because I am so satisfied with their service) 40psi is what I'm running, as recommended by the mechanic at TWW, so I'll go with it and see.

The wide tread patch looks awesome on the bike, just like your XC.

Intesting side note.... Tirerack wouldn't sell me the tire when I told them it was for a motorcycle. I had to call back, get another operator, and tell him it was for a Mini Cooper. I get that they don't want to be held liable, but I'm assuming the liability by having it installed and riding with it. Other rider forums all have praise for this tire so I think I'm in good company.
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