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Riding on the Dark Side

The "Dark Side" is a semi controversial topic among bikers. It is when a rear motorcycle tire is replaced with a car tire. The most common reasons for doing this are cost and durability. A good motorcycle tire is about $180 and on a bigger cruiser it might only last 8,000 miles. A car tire cost $75 and can last 35,000 or more. In May 2009, prior to taking a 6,000 mile trip back east, and after doing a lot of research on the topic, I decided I would give it a try. I purchased a Dunlop SP5000 car tire, which was the most common tire for my motorcycle, and I had it mounted. I have since ridden 16,000 miles on the tire, through all imaginable type roads, and I love it. I have zero regrets and don't plan on leaving the Dark Side anytime soon.

Here are just a few links to information about the Dark Side

http://darkside.nwff.info/
http://www.valkyrieriders.com/shoptalk/CarTire/home.htm
http://forums.delphiforums.com/DarkSiding/start
http://lifeisaroad.com/stories/2004/10/27/theDarkSide.html
http://www.tomfranken.com/Darkside/Default.htm


If you have any sincere question about the topic, I'd be more than happy to answer them.

UPDATE: 3/26/11- 30,000 miles later I finally wore my first car tire! I still love it and don't see a reason to go back! I just purchased my second Dunlop SP 5000.

I've had several people asking me about slow speed handling. Here's a video I made showing that it's not a problem.

UPDATE: 7/28/14 - My second Dunlop SP 5000 is gone. Lasted about 26,000 miles. I replaced it with a Bridgestone Turanza 195 55r16 because the Dunlop have almost doubled in price. I've had it on the bike now for 5500 miles and it's performing equally as well.





















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Jared M. Gant

6 comments:

  1. The Darksiders are growing.. I'm a convert! Thanks for your advice.

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  2. How's your DS tire holding up, Ken? Have you worn it out yet? Are you still happy with it?

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  3. Absolutely AWESOME PAGE! Thank you very much for putting it together! Just had my first CT installed today! Feel like a kid in a candy store!

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  4. Thanks Glen for the kind words about the page. I hope you enjoy the CT! After a few weeks, report back and let us all know your impressions.

    -Jared

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  5. The orange bike above with the red flames I have a question about the tire you are using because the tread pattern says it's a one wheel tire. Any problems with it?

    I ride a 2007 H-D Road Glide, but have never seen it listed on the spreadsheet that I dl'd from this site maybe 2 years back. Does anyone have a recommmendation for the Roag Glide...It has the 16's front and rear.

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    1. The Dunlop SP5000 seems to be the most common and popular. They are available in a 195/60/16 which would probably be the closest to your stock size.

      As far as the orange chopper, I do not know the owner and am unaware if he has experience any problems with that particular tread.

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