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post #31 of 42 (permalink) Old 03-17-2018, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, I appreciate all the responses. I'm running my last MT that I just purchased this week, so I should get about 10,000 miles out of it. This goes by pretty quick with doing over a 1000 miles a week in the commute lane. My next tire will be a CT and I'll keep you all updated on my experience. It seems all that run the CT have had only positive experiences, I was looking for that guy (or girl) that didn't have a good experience. All the negative posts seem to be from guys who haven't run a CT.
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The naysayers are usually the ones with NO experience and they are intense with their negative attitude. My way or the highway .
The ones who tried it and didn't like it usually put too much air in the car tire during their trial. A CT only requires 28 - 34 #'s of air.

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New candidate is a Thunderbird Storm. I tried the Concours 14. What a great bike. Fast,big gas tank,overdrive,electric windshield,blue.
I can't touch the ground very well because of seat height and because the footpegs are right in the way of holding the bike up.
The Honda has very little in the aftermarket and looks goofy when you do add stuff and it has no sound to stir the soul.
I've ridden a Thunderbird Storm and I like it. I have not ridden a Rocket but I have sat on it and I can hold it up fine. Lot's of aftermarket for the Rocket.

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Looks like I'm getting a Storm. Darkside recommendations ?

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Hmmmmm ! Not a popular subject.

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Hmmmmm ! Not a popular subject.

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I would definitely ask the darkside question in the Thunderbird forum. I imagine the folks here will only know their opinion concerning the Rocket.


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I got burned on my first Triumph Darkside.
I bought a 205/50-17 and it's WAY too big.

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Just to put a "middle ground" on this discussion...

I know a couple of people who tried the dark side and didn't like it. They both ride Valkyries. Their complaint was with slow speed handling (parking lots). Since that's the area where "bump steer" is most noticable, it's not surprising that it's the reason given.

It does take a little getting used to, but over time, most who like it no longer notice it.

I had a Valkyrie with a car tire.
I now have a Venture with a car tire.

My TBS does NOT have a car tire.


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2009 R3 here. I've ridden five years and 40k miles in the hills of the Appalachians, five years and 20k miles down south with the flatlanders. Now that I am semiretired, only get to ride half as much, but love the time with my grandsons.

Up North I came out of every curve hard on the throttle, passed every cager not going 5mph over the speed limit. I hit triple digits every time I rode more than 10 miles.
First tire at 3200 miles my rubber was paper thin. I could feel the belts. Second tire at about the same miles "thread bare", no rubber.
Switched to CT, never looked back. Loved it. Different, yeah. No slow down in the corners. I switched tires out at about 1200-1500 miles, based on age, not wear. Barely saw any tread wear.

I am commuter rider. Down here, no country roads to work, 15 miles with stop lights, hard right or left at intersections, no curves. The CT not good for those 5-10mph intersections. I switched back to MT. I now get 7000+ per rear tire. Still reasonable tread when I change, could easily get another 500+ if I wanted, maybe even 1000. No change in my riding style, but the roads are so different. Very few opportunities for rapid acceleration, which is what burns rubber. Nothing like pushing that Rocket through the secondary road blind curves, then a short straightaway before the next curve.

Up north, I felt much safer on the CT. At 2500 miles, thin tread was no joy. So I had 2000 miles comfortable, and another 1000 planning the the change, checking tread every day. With the CT, never a concern about tread wear. It never slowed me down in the twistes. Much different feel, but easy to get accustomed to.

I did the right thing when I was getting 3000 miles on a tire, and when my mileage more than doubled, and my riding was city/residential, I did the right thing going back to the MCT.

From what I have read, many Darksiders are unhappy with 6000 miles, so go darkside. I understand that.

From my reading, not many even try Darkside (only one BMW I have heard about). But of the ones that do, nearly all stay there. All makers of power cruisers have Darkside fans. That says something.
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