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    I'm in as well, no issues. Although not a Dark Sider, I've followed a number of threads on other forums. I'd be curious to know from someone who is whether you can feel the transition from straight up riding to hard cornering since the tire is not rounded on the sides like a MC tire.
    dB
    2012 Black Airbag -
    MD

  • #2
    I don't notice it all, transitioning is a smooth as before.

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    • #3
      I think it depends a lot on which C/T you choose. A lot of the darksiders have been really ragging these choices out to find the best option for their bikes. I had the Mich. alpin rf on my 2012 wing right up to the day it got totaled. I went with it because of the info given by the ones gone before me. They were correct. I really liked that tire ESPECIALLY in the rain MY GOD that thing was wonderful,, plus i had close to 30,000 miles on it when itcrashed. ( not due to tires, was run off the highway)

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      • #4
        I went to the Yokohama Avid Envigor RF and absolutely love it. I noticed the transition for maybe the first day or so, but after that, not at all; and that was only at slow speeds. The Yoko and the Alpin are two of the more popular CT's that folks like to run...or so it seems. The shoulders are more rounded off than a lot of other tires and seem to work well for dark siders. I charge into the corners just as much as I did with the original Bridgestones. (If not more so!) Great traction, great mileage, improved braking, etc., etc., etc. Haven't regretted my decision for a minute! There's lots of videos on youtube showing how the CT's perform on a bike as well.
        Ron - Montrose, CO
        2018 Pearl White GL1800 DCT
        2012 Pearl White GL1800 Level 1 - Sold @ 63K miles
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        • #5
          Originally posted by 1096dad View Post
          <...>The Yoko and the Alpin are two of the more popular CT's that folks like to run...or so it seems. The shoulders are more rounded off than a lot of other tires and seem to work well for dark siders. I charge into the corners just as much as I did with the original Bridgestones.<...>
          20,000 miles worth of Alpin...and 98% of the time, it's great.

          I have only had it step out on me a couple of times, but I was really, really into the turn when it did, so it felt like a bit of flex, though it could have been debris. No panic, no worry, just ride'er through and come out the other side.

          On the good side, the tire stuck like glue in a rainstorm, two-up, while towing a trailer in NorCal a couple of years ago...front end was hydroplaning pretty good at the time...so those little niggles of issue are far outweighed by the good the tire does - at least for me and my riding style.



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          • #6
            Ran the Yoko on the Valk and will add one to wing with the next rear tire change.

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            • #7
              Have had the Alpine RF on for about 20K miles now and after the first couple of days became very comfortable with its' handling. Feel much more secure when towing the Aspen camper two-up. Tread still looks very good.

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              • #8
                I've had the Michlin Alpin and currently have 18,000 miles on it. Hope to get another 8,000 miles out of it. Had the Pirelli Eufori and I did like that tire too....but not as much as I do the Michlin.

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                • #9
                  nope don't notice it on the falken non run flat!!
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                  • #10
                    Stick with the more popular choices...Alpin or Yoko RFs both of these tires will serve you well. The Yoko transitions better IMHO.

                    The Falken is even better but only comes in NRF, its sidewalls are softer than MTs and will not hold up the bike with zero air.

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                    • #11
                      Bridgestone Potenza RE960 Pole Position RFT on 2012 wing.
                      It took about 100 miles to get used to the transition and about 1000 to forget about it. Absolutely fantastic handling on twisty, super slab, dry, driving rain, tar snakes, gravel roads, etc. I will get about 15K out of it mostly do to me playing with tire pressures. If I got another one, I am betting 20K+.

                      My next tire is the Bridgestone DriveGuard RFT sitting in my garage. At $132 from Discount Tire it is one of the cheaper RFTs available.
                      ...gene
                      2012 GL1800 NAVI, GWRRA 367875
                      Darkside #1511 - Bridgestone DriveGuard 195/55RV16 RFT

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                      • #12
                        For me, the most MT-feeling CT was the Pirelli Cinturato P-1. It is a runflat with an unusual specification: it weighs only 21 pounds. That is almost the same as a standard MT, and the 4 pound difference in unsprung weight from other runflats is quickly recognized in quick S-curves. Nice, round profile, too.
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                        • #13
                          I have the Alpin on for just over 10K miles and do not feel transition. Great on the super slab, stable on gravel, feel more control in the rain, the extra meat of the tire patch helps when stopping, and so far holds in the turns when pushing it - I find off ramps to be fun, tight turns and above speed limit get me going.
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                          • #14
                            I only noticed the difference for the first week or so - now I cannot tell. Great tread pattern (Michelin Alpin RF) which gives me security in the rain.
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                            "06 GL1800 w/Motor Trike conv.
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                            • #15
                              I had a Pirelli Eufori, but I did get a flat and chose to ride it home. Result busted belts in the tire and it got out of shape, but I did get home. I did feel the transition and I felt the need to have more bar input whilst cornering, mostly bottom hand pushing out. That being said it stuck like glue wet or dry. I was very confident with it fitted. There was a little up and over feeling and it seemed to take longer to do a transition.

                              They have banned the use of the tyres here.

                              http://vehicleinspection.nzta.govt.n...res-and-wheels
                              GL1800 8A - TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER 900

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                              • genedjr
                                genedjr commented
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                                Interesting. I note that this is for an inspection. How does that relate to the laws governing use? And I assume you have a MC tire on for inspection purposes.
                                ...gene
                            Darksiders

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