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As a newbie here, not sure how "Darkside" got its name. But it does not matter.
Anyway, do most riders just do the rear, or the front, or both.

From what I gather, going darkside is supposed to improve road feel and improved handling...

If that was the case, why are tires designed differently for cars and bikes ??

Just odd to me putting car tire on a motorcycle. Technology, tire design, and tire makeup have come a long way over the yrs.
 

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You should start over. Read it all again, because you clearly don't understand. I doubt anyone has ever said that a car tire gives improved handling or better road feel. The biggest benefit is extended tire life. There are many folks who say wet traction is improved.
 

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You should start over. Read it all again, because you clearly don't understand. I doubt anyone has ever said that a car tire gives improved handling or better road feel. The biggest benefit is extended tire life. There are many folks who say wet traction is improved.
One could argue that improving wet traction is "improved handling or better road feel."

I haven't done it yet myself, but from all I have learned (from others), they report drastically improved tread life as well as improved road feel/traction when not turning. They typically state that turning is different, but after a ride, you won't notice the difference anymore.

Darkside is for the rear tire only. As far as I have heard...
 

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One could argue that improving wet traction is "improved handling or better road feel."

I haven't done it yet myself, but from all I have learned (from others), they report drastically improved tread life as well as improved road feel/traction when not turning. They typically state that turning is different, but after a ride, you won't notice the difference anymore.

Darkside is for the rear tire only. As far as I have heard...


I have read about owners who have actually changed the back AND the front. I believe they refer to it as "double darkside"....
 
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A car tire will do pretty much anything a MC tire will do only a little differently....my recommendation would be if your not a high mileage rider stay with a MC...good luck

PS I will say this running a 1800 caliper and CT I have yet to have the rear in come around wet or dry.....straight as an arrow...
 

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With the new motorcycle tires these days that last at least 20,000 miles, it's no longer a benefit to use a car tire. Dunlop American Elite or Elite 4 will get you there
 

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A car tire will do pretty much anything a MC tire will do only a little differently....my recommendation would be if your not a high mileage rider stay with a MC...good luck

PS I will say this running a 1800 caliper and CT I have yet to have the rear in come around wet or dry.....straight as an arrow...
And that is half the answer right there, much-improved stability and REAR braking without losing control and going into a sideways slide. I am one of the -only- couple thousand mi. per year users, and I won't ever go back to a regular MC rear tire.
 

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Better handling in wet or gravel
Increased longevity and tread wear
More comfortable ride for passenger
Greater straight line stopping power

Looks badazz :wink2:
 

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I'll weigh in. I like the longevity and that it can be plugged. Handles far better in the heavy rain IMHO. Cheaper. The one downside=on badly uneven road it often takes a minute to figure out what side of the lump it wants to be on.
 
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I've been on the Darkside for 14 years. I am happy with a car tire on all of my bikes, except the M109R with a 265 mm car tire. The width exaggerates all of the peculiarities of riding with a car tire. One thing that wasn't mentioned is the much higher load capacity of a car tire, making it less likely to fail under a heavy load.
 

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Darkside on goldwing, 30,000 mi, no issues, looks like tire could go another 30.... mc tire lasted 10,000 mi, about 10 months, got tired of changing and buying them....darkside on vtx? Hell yeah!
 

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I had Michelin hydro edge,I got 47,000 miles out of it,too bad you can’t get those anymore.
And I don’t know of any mc rear tire you’ll get 20,000 miles out of,I just simply don’t believe it.
The deal with road ruts is absolutely correct,unfortunately it can get hectic on the dark side.
 

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I had Michelin hydro edge,I got 47,000 miles out of it,too bad you can’t get those anymore.
And I don’t know of any mc rear tire you’ll get 20,000 miles out of,I just simply don’t believe it.
The deal with road ruts is absolutely correct,unfortunately it can get hectic on the dark side.
Dunlop Elite 4 on my 1300C, over 20,000 miles twice!!
 

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Just realize car tires don't have the sidewall strength a motorcycle tire does. Cycles go around curves on their sidewalls.
 

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no offense taken, but are you sure? radials have weaker side walls and m/c tires have stiffer cross braided sidewalls. Also the radial m/c tire is a mdified radial design, not like a radial auto tire.. I think?
 

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no offense taken, but are you sure? radials have weaker side walls and m/c tires have stiffer cross braided sidewalls. Also the radial m/c tire is a mdified radial design, not like a radial auto tire.. I think?
Check out the video I posted in general...given its 2020, I may have been talking out my azz...may owe u an apology
 

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no apology necessary, i learned a bit from your video too. I ride without a helmet so who am i to talk about safety! Anyway, great conversation!
 
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