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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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I'm glad to know of a tire that works on the XC. I ran one on a 07 Softail Night Train and loved it. Got all kinds of looks and comments. It rode better than the stock tire and smoothed out the small irregularities of the road. The suspension is so much better on the XC though so I may not notice much of a difference for a while. I do look forward to the experience though. How many miles are people getting on the stock E3 rear tires? I wish I could see the picture of the XC with the CT. I guess when things got changed the pictures got lost somehow.

I'm stickin' with the 175/60/16 for my XC. I love that it does not have that stand up feeling. I'm currently using a
Dunlop snow tire which has a softer, more grippy, tread which is fine by me. I'll probably get around 25k miles out of it and will look for another one if I can find one. There are phasing out that particular tire for some reason I have no understanding of. Well, maybe I do, since I just looked for what I've been using in that size they don't have that one anymore but they do have a new and improved version so I guess I'm good to go in a few years when I'm ready to buy one.

I'd just like to say that even though I really like the way the darkside tire feels on the bike and the double mileage or more with them; it's the safety factor I get with the run flat tires because most of my long distance riding is alone in the desert and many times it is over 115 degrees so a dependable bike with a dependable tire is a huge plus.
I also double darkside with a Bridgestone rear M/C tire on the front which so far has done great. Rides and handles as good as or better than any front tirre I've had on any bike in the past so I'm sticking with what works and will put another one of those on sometime after turning 20 somethink k miles with it too in a few years.
I have 4 bikes right now so it takes me a while to get the miles on any one of 'em.
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