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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 see I am a month overdue on this, but the Bridgestone G-019 grid is the same as the Sears version (Bridgestone HP-550). They are clearanced as they have been discontinued. I run one of their auto centers. If you message me where you live I can check stock of all local Auto Centers. I plan to try Dark-siding myself as well this year. My plan is to run our new 100k mile roadhandler tire. While not directional, it looks like a great tire and it is symmetrical. It's available in a 205/55/16 H size for round about $130. If all works well it's the last tire I will ever install. ;)
 

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I just became a Dual Darsider. Put a Bridgestone Battleax BT-45R 140/70V18 V67 Rear on the front and it handles like a dream over my my Stock E3 [bald). Granted that the last front I put on [Metzler] it handled better than the bald tire, It was like stock again. BUT this on is just a dream, it is so good. I think it is do to the stiffer case [V67], but yet it's ride is softer @37 lbs. G019 on the rear is also @37 lbs.. Love it. Try it you'l like it!
 

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I ordered most of mine from tire rack online ( 4 on the goldwing and one for the XCT ) and did not say what car it fits , but if you have to call them the mini cooper uses the same size tire. just do a quick search for mini cooper to know what year and model takes the tire your ordering.
What the F I do should I go Dark side I ride a lot 2 up and I really don't know I have 7000 miles in my elite 3 they look have way gone I have a 1500 mile trip coming up should I wait until I need the tire
 

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Until you have done your research and weighed the options, don't do anything. We can't tell you what's right for you. I ride with a Ventus V4 car tire and I love it. I read alot first, and tried different tires.

Stick with the stock tire and you can't go wrong.
 

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Normal Street rider, you will like it. Better rear tire breaking with out locking up. May need to change rear brake pads before the tire wears out, I did. 3K more & I'll have 40K on it. A lot of my miles are highway miles at higher speeds & that eat up rubber. Just remember they are some what pressure sensative. I have a TPS on my bike and can tell when the tires get a couple of pounds low. It shows up in the handling. Got a BS G-019 175 because of a trailer hitch
 
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