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post #11 of 76 (permalink) Old 05-09-2012, 08:44 AM
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I have run:

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All performed well.. the Avon venom R got the best mileage, the Stock Dunlop and the Bridgestone Battleaxe got the lowest mileage

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I know this may open a can of worms, but have you considered darksiding? If you are getting three seasons from a motorcycle tire, you should get about ten to fifteen seasons from a darkside tire.
Their average life span is 5 times better at least.
This is the only argument that I've heard against going darkside on our bikes that I feel has any validity. I don't like the idea of a cheapskate (like myself) riding around on a ten year old tire just cause it has plenty of tread left . I gotta admit that the Yokohama I have in my bike has way more grip than the Dunlops that I've had before.

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This is the only argument that I've heard against going darkside on our bikes that I feel has any validity. I don't like the idea of a cheapskate (like myself) riding around on a ten year old tire just cause it has plenty of tread left . I gotta admit that the Yokohama I have in my bike has way more grip than the Dunlops that I've had before.

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This is the only argument that I've heard against going darkside on our bikes that I feel has any validity. I don't like the idea of a cheapskate (like myself) riding around on a ten year old tire just cause it has plenty of tread left . I gotta admit that the Yokohama I have in my bike has way more grip than the Dunlops that I've had before.
Agreed- Just replaced my 5 YO Hydroedge with 35K miles. Still half good. Would have had more miles but medical issue and a rebuild cost me almost 2 full seasons. Replaced with a GY TT but must say I prefer the taller 65 series tire.

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I am in need of a new rear tire and I currently have a Dunlop Elite 3, I just don't like the price tag of it, and it seems that every two to three seasons ya gotta replace it. I found a Dunlop 251, and a Bridgestone Exedra Max that looks really sharp any ideas.
I have the Bridgestone Exedra Max on front/rear and I am very pleased with looks, performance and realiabilty of them. As well as the price tag.

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what is darkside

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I know this may open a can of worms, but have you considered darksiding? If you are getting three seasons from a motorcycle tire, you should get about ten to fifteen seasons from a darkside tire.
Their average life span is 5 times better at least.
I don't want to sound like too much of a idiot but what is darkside, are you referring to a car tire. Have had people in the past mostly goldwingers who have been pushing the idea of car tires I am real leary of a car tire cause they are flat, and in my opion it would be very hard to lean it won't it.

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Correct, car tire.

For me I have used the Metzler's and loved them, great grip and ok mileage. Now I have the Avon Cobra on the rear and it's only been a couple hundred miles but seems to have the same feel as the Metz, but with more tread in middle which is why I am trying it now.

You said you have 3 seasons on the tires, how many miles? E3's are supposed to be among the best for mileage.

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To the OP, read my post in this thread concerning the 200 vs the 180 on the 1800 VTX. Just some food for thought.

https://www.vtxoa.com/forums/showthre...205-180-to-200



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Also to OP. Link in my sig regarding the darkside for information.

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