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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 09-29-2012, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Can't wait to join the Darkside!

So my VN700 has some pretty worn tires on it and I've been researching replacement tires. I just can't get enough of this Darkside movement and have decided I must join it! I found this tire (Nexen SB802 165/80R15) at Walmart for $52 and have it on order:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nexen-11766NXC/19473481

I also plan on moving up to a 110/90-19 up front. What's the best price for a decent tire of that size? It'll probably be at least a week before Walmart gets that tire shipped, but I'll update this thread when I've got it and hopefully get it seated without too much trouble.

Anyone else running a Nexen 165/80R15?


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I don't think there's much of a "movement" here to go to the Darkside.

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That tire is going to fit on the stock rear rim?
And I'd say a decent tire you can normally find for $100-125

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So my VN700 has some pretty worn tires on it and I've been researching replacement tires. I just can't get enough of this Darkside movement and have decided I must join it! I found this tire (Nexen SB802 165/80R15) at Walmart for $52 and have it on order:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nexen-11766NXC/19473481

I also plan on moving up to a 110/90-19 up front. What's the best price for a decent tire of that size? It'll probably be at least a week before Walmart gets that tire shipped, but I'll update this thread when I've got it and hopefully get it seated without too much trouble.

Anyone else running a Nexen 165/80R15?

I'm thinking about it- let us know how it works out.
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There were a couple threads about this a while back, a member posted some great info on "The Dark Side"... here's the thread:

https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=16057

Member "baldy" gives some great info on what tires he tried on and how they handled.

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I think a car tire on the 750 is really not needed. The reason being the stock rear tire can go for a good 15,000 miles. As much riding as many put on the bike each year, this might be about 4 years before that is reached.

Given it a car tire or motorcycle tire, it should be replaced every five years. You might get 20,000 miles out of that car tire, but if you're a seasonal rider and only put on 3-4000 miles a year....you'll still need to replace it at five years anyway. So just don't see the advantage when you can get a motorcycle tire for about the same price as a decent car tire.

Now if you have a bike that eats rear tires up quickly (like my 1300) it might be a logical idea.........

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Thanks for the link, Ceal. And Knife, I hear you. I'm not all too concerned with getting 40,000 miles out of my rear tire. I just enjoy doing less than traditional things and everything I've read about the Darkside from those who have done it has been positive. Surprisingly, Walmart already has my tire in stock so I'll be picking it up soon and hopefully mounting it later today.


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i got my 110/90/19 shinko 712 off of motorcyclesuperstore.com for 48.99 plus 6.99 shipping and my rear tire is the shinko 722r got it from the same guys for 86.99 same shipping costs

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Wow. That was harder than I thought it would be. But, the tire is on, the bead is seated and everything's put back together. Can't test it yet since it's pouring outside, but I took some pictures of the two tires for comparison. The old tire was a 150/90-15.
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I would like to know how that tire works out for you. That is quite interesting. I have never seen a car tire mounted on a Vulcan before. Looks a lot different. I'm curious as to how well it corners if you lean into it very far.
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