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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-16-2009, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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I am officially on the Darkside now!

I got the car tire; Vredestien 165H R15 mounted at the local shop this morning and took the back road home. Very nice! I am impressed with how it handles so far. I am heading out for a longer trip now. More updates later.

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Is the tire round like the bike tires are, or they sort of flat across the tread. It would seem that if it flat it would be a little harder to get the bike to lean into a turn. Do you feel a difference in the turns compared to a rounded bike tire.

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I've read alot about this. Pretty cool stuff. Just hooking on to the thread to keep up with your progress!

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I read about car tires on the rear wheels of Nomads, over on the VROC forums last summer. This is the first I`ve heard of a vn750 going to the darkside though. Did you have to make any mods, other than just changing out the tire? It seems that on the big twins, at least one guy had to change something to make it work.

On the big bikes, the owners said it didn`t take very long to get used to the different handling characteristics of the flat treaded car tires. There were a lot of benefits, including longer tread life and a much lower cost over the life of the tire.

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I have heard of this ,but frankly , it just scares me. The thought of having a car tire, radial no less,on the back of a motorcycle with a bias ply tire on front would bother me, I don't even like to mismatch brands of motorcycle tires.Car tires are designed to rest flat on the road surface ,whereas motorcycle tires are designed to keep the maximum amount of of tread surface on the road even at high lean angles.Even if you don't aggressively push your bike in corners you are still losing valuable contact area.No doubt the car tire could wear longer as it has a flatter contact area when the bike is upright.Safety for my style of riding or longer tire life ,seems like a easy choice for me. This is one band wagon I'll stay off of,Denny




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I got the car tire; Vredestien 165H R15 mounted at the local shop this morning and took the back road home. Very nice! I am impressed with how it handles so far. I am heading out for a longer trip now. More updates later.
I rode it 250 miles yesterday! After taking on all kinds of roads from 4 lane hwy to roughly paved county roads. The only thing that I noticed differently was tracking on some grooves in the roads. I imagine that this will get better when I find the sweet spot.

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In the works: ear shave, and new exhaust (haven't decided what kind yet), paint job, & lowering her.

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Is the tire round like the bike tires are, or they sort of flat across the tread. It would seem that if it flat it would be a little harder to get the bike to lean into a turn. Do you feel a difference in the turns compared to a rounded bike tire.
The Vredestien looks similiar to a motorcycle tire and rounds nicely on the edges. I did not notice any extra effort to lean into a turn.

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Stator rebuilt, 6/2007
Carbs rebuilt
ACCTs rebuilt
New fork seals
Metzlers 880's
New tank (to me)
Harley heritage seat
Flyscreen
Darksider: Vredestien 165H R15 DS#144
In the works: ear shave, and new exhaust (haven't decided what kind yet), paint job, & lowering her.

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Not yet I was too busy riding yesterday and today we are going to Grants Farm in St. Louis with the grandbaby. I will post some on Monday.

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Stator rebuilt, 6/2007
Carbs rebuilt
ACCTs rebuilt
New fork seals
Metzlers 880's
New tank (to me)
Harley heritage seat
Flyscreen
Darksider: Vredestien 165H R15 DS#144
In the works: ear shave, and new exhaust (haven't decided what kind yet), paint job, & lowering her.

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well, uh... good luck with that.

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