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congrats, now go get your cookies.
Just had a Dairy Queen blizzard... cookies and creme... does that count? I live practically next door to a DQ.


Dark Side: adj.~ American vernacular slang.
A colloquial term derived from the supposed Jedi culture first described in the Star Wars movie series. This term is commonly applied to the practice of mounting automobile tires on heavy cruiser or touring motorcycles. Members of this motorcycling sub-sect are often referred to as “dark-siders” and are considers a rogue element within most motorcycling circles. Popular belief among cycling mainstream culture claims dark-siding results in instantaneous “crash and burn” death scenarios. Yet strangely, no real evidence of this has ever surfaced from any substantiated source and the practice seems to be gaining in popularity.
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Remember to keep a piece of 1x6 in the trunk to back the rear wheel onto when you want to use the center stand. (Unless you are really in good shape ! ) That 3/4 in. makes a big difference in the effort necessary to put the bike up.

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Wish I could run on th eDark Side with my 1200

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Well I also joined the "Darkside" this weekend, with the Winter Sport ROF. The tire install on the rim went without a hitch & as noted by us385south the WS is actually about 1/4" narrower once on the rim than the Pilot GT, so the reinstall on the bike was no problem. I went for about 100 mile test ride on all types of roads, speeds & even some wet roads, and other than the increase in RPM's I really couldn't find any negatives. As for the handling, IE curves & lane changes Etc I really couldn't tell that it isn't a MC tire, so far I am very pleased.

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I think I am going to have go over.....

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I think I am going to have go over.....
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That wintersport 175 sure looks nice on the bike. I have the wing entirely tore apart and the Valk is on the stand getting brakes. Gonna have to drive the cage tomorrow.


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Ok guys ... I am really interested in this. Just got back from 1800 miles of western mountains this weekend and took the remaining tread off my E3 on the rear (I guess 50 miles of new chip seal wasn't the best idea DOH!).
Looking at the Wintersport for my '91 Interstate ... couple questions:
I assume you're using a standard MC front tire? I have an Elite II with a few housand miles left. The handling issues are WITH a MC front tire or "double darkside"?
The really big question is mounting ... did you do it yourself or find a shop to do it on the side? I've read of people being rejected because they didn't buy the tire, liability etc. Then somebody said it was a definite 2 man job ... is it doable with a set of irons and muscle?

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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.


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I appreciate the feedback ... if I do this it will be the start of winter service for me too ... first time I'll have the plastic etc. off and just too tempting to do all the stuff the PO didn't have a clue about. Just too bad I only have about a month and a half before it's just too much bother There's always next spring ...
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