1.) I assume you're using a standard MC front tire?
2. )The handling issues are WITH a MC front tire or "double darkside"?
3.) Did you do it yourself or find a shop to do it on the side?
4.) I've read of people being rejected because they didn't buy the tire, liability etc.
5.)Then somebody said it was a definite 2 man job.
6.) Is it doable with a set of irons and muscle?
I will try to answer the questions I can... I hope others will jump in here and fill in the gaps. Bear in mind, I am not an expert and have a IQ only nearing the level of a complete retard.
1.) At this point, I have a PilotGT on the front... but it is my intention to take the front darkside as well with a rear Bridgestone Battleaxe mounted backward.
2.) See above. I cannot attest to the handling of this bike at this time. I have the thing completely "TOE-UP!" (tore up) I am installing a factory CB which pretty much requires me to take about half the bike apart... along the way I am doing upgrades and replacing filters, plugs and such. And then, because I am compulsive about such things... yesterday I ripped the handlebar switches off and have been having a go at cleaning and re-conditioning those too. I suspect the bike will be on the stand till November at the rate I move. (I have a job... a very hard one! Working on the bike is therapy for me.) Because we do not really have a winter in Texas... this is as close to a "winter service" as I get. We ride year round... and i need this bike to be ready for Spring Break in March.
3.) I have a local shop I use for things like this. When I put the Goodyear on the Valk he thought I was crazy for mounting a CT. These days... he told me it is becoming increasingly popular and commented that he really liked the look of that tire on my rim.
4.) That did not happen with me... but he hasn't been confronted with mounting the front tire yet. We'll see... I may draw up release of liability docs just in case.
5.) He said it was a total Bee-Otch to mount that tire. But he did have help... and a nice machine.
6.) I could not say... many attest that it is.
It's a sexy tire. IMHO... The WS is the Jennifer Lopez of darkside tires. It has a nice, round bottom. Which should make it pleasant to ride. But we'll see... when ever i get this thing put back together.