I just had a heckuva thought. I'm gonna go out and get some Avon Venom 330's and put them on the rear of my Sierra 2500, and put some 180's on the front, get some home-boy cool chromies and an air-lift system so I can drop her down nice an' lo, hang some dingo balls and fuzzy dice and... wow, what a nightmare I just had
Ok, Ok, just kidding cycle guy. Really not a fan of darksiding though. Check out the wheels and tyres section once you get through with Joe's link. Those guys are pretty much pro-dark, most of us here are on the other side of the fence.
Well Dan, I do have a sense of humour, as do a great many of us regulars on the board. In time maybe you will too.
Chris, it's no secret I'm not a fan of 'darksiding' no matter what the financial or mileage gain might be; it's a "car" tyre not a "bike" tyre end of story for me. Everybody is free tomake their own choices in this regard, but there is no information about legality in an accident situation, insurance issues, nothing. As far as handling goes, lots of the responses on the 1800 forum say it's fine; I want constantly excellent thank you...m/c tyre for me always.
I run a non-run flat Falken 912, 195-55-16. As far as I can tell there is about 700+ of us over on another message board I look at. I have looked at another website (but not a member of) that has about 3,000 registered car tire users.
I prefer the non-run flat because the side walls are maybe not quite as stiff. I carry a compressor and a plug kit anyway.
The tire is cheaper ($108 inc. tax & mounting) and the one I have now looks like it will do me for 20K miles or better but the main reasons I use it are:
1. Weight rating is 400-500 lb. more. With the 1800 MC tires figure at least half the weight of the bike, me, co-pilot, luggage and weight and extra torque on the tire of a trailer and it is no surprise when you read about MC tire failures on the wing.
2. Rides much, much more smooth and almost no noise.
3. Took wheel after mounting tire to local Honda shop and they said it did not need any tire weights. Have since found out this is usually the case with this tire.
4. Much less worry in rain, or on gravel or dirt.
5. The looks and questions are priceless.
P.S. Had an old timer who said he had been riding for over 50 years tell me that back when he started, he and all of his friends used car tires because MC tires were hard to find and considered a novelty. Don't know if that is true or not.