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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: way out there in the Arizona desert
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Hi gang. Well 10 months and 10K miles have passed since my last new rear tire and once again it's time to spend $175+ and go through the tire changing ordeal. I tried the 'new and improved' Execedra Max last time. It didn't last any longer than the OEM Excedra.
I've had it. I'm tired of having to buy a new rear every season ( or less). I'm going darkside.
I spent a good part of last week reading everything I can find out about it and have exchanged several e-mails with long time darksiders. There are a lot of them. I've found two DS forums, one with almost 8000 members and several who have been using car tires for decades. In all my research I haven't come across one single report of a cruiser going down due to a C/T failure or the tire losing traction. Not one! I'm convinced it's safe for cruisers. I wouldn't put a car tire on a sport bike but all reports are no problem for a slab barge like my Vulcan 1600.
I've got it narrowed down to a Bridgestone Turanza or Hankook Optimo H426, both 195/60-16. Dimensionally the 195/60-16 is almost the same size as my OEM 170/70-16...just a tad bit wider on the side.
C/T = half the price, twice the mileage...and they look COOL!
I'll be joining th DS fraternity this month. I'll post some pictures.
'05 Vulcan 1600 Classic
'03 Volusia ( '07 to '10)
Last edited by Windburn Bill; 01-13-2012 at 03:04 PM.