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Well, I'm headed to the darkside :) Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3

The place I ordered the tire from said they can't mount it (on a car wheel) because it takes special equipment to mount run-flat tires, so that got me to wondering if there is going to be any particular challenge to getting this on the Wing wheel. I haven't heard any darksiders expressing any problems along this line. Comments?
 

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Run-flats are well known to be near-impossible to mount manually, due to the thick side-walls.

I can mount E3's all day long, but the runflat kicked my butt.
 

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Thanks for the info. I plan to take it to a shop that's known to mount car tires on M/C rims, so I should be OK.

Run-flats are well known to be near-impossible to mount manually, due to the thick side-walls.

I can mount E3's all day long, but the runflat kicked my butt.
 

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It's not really that big a deal with a modern tire machine. Michelin does make a run flat tire that is impossible without a special machine but it doesn't even fit a normal rim. The Alpin is no different than mounting a regular tire.
 

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Thanks Dave. Perhaps the counter guy heard about that specialty tire and wanted to shy away from having to deal with something out of the ordinary. I had no intention of this shop doing any work for me anyway. I'll sleep now knowing we'll get the tire on the rim :)

Regards,

It's not really that big a deal with a modern tire machine. Michelin does make a run flat tire that is impossible without a special machine but it doesn't even fit a normal rim. The Alpin is no different than mounting a regular tire.
 

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Maybe the other guy was thinking about the sensor in the wheel on a typical ROF application?
 

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I did this last year, had trouble getting anyone in town to take on the job, til a guy working out of his garage did it, no problem. There's always a way!
 

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Thanks Dave. I did quite a bit of reading plus looking at reviews and personal experiences on this forum and other places before deciding to buy the Michelin. Further to that, my brother in law went darkkside last year and has nothing but good to say about the decision (his is not Michelin nor run-flat).

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Good tire choice!

Corventure Dave
 

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Not sure what the tread depth was when the Michelin was new, but I checked yesterday. After approx. 23,000 km, there is 8/32 tread depth remaining, so I should be good for quite some time.
 

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Not sure what the tread depth was when the Michelin was new, but I checked yesterday. After approx. 23,000 km, there is 8/32 tread depth remaining, so I should be good for quite some time.
That's great, I have one of those mounted on a rim ready to install. I don't expect anywhere that kind of life from it but I hear it works very well. Mounted it myself on the machine at work with no more trouble than a non run flat.
 

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enjoy

That's great, I have one of those mounted on a rim ready to install. I don't expect anywhere that kind of life from it but I hear it works very well. Mounted it myself on the machine at work with no more trouble than a non run flat.
Well, you've probably read lots about the tire before getting it on the rim so there's no point in going over anything else with you :) Play with the tire pressure until you feel comfortable with it. You will get plenty of mileage, the handling will be slightly different, but the biggest plus for me is the much smoother ride on our less than decent roads.
 

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Well, you've probably read lots about the tire before getting it on the rim so there's no point in going over anything else with you :) Play with the tire pressure until you feel comfortable with it. You will get plenty of mileage, the handling will be slightly different, but the biggest plus for me is the much smoother ride on our less than decent roads.
Well no, I didn't read anything but have some friends who used it with good results. I really doubt it will ride as well or last any longer than the non run flats I have been using but no doubt it will ride better and last longer than a motorcycle tire.
 

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Well no, I didn't read anything but have some friends who used it with good results. I really doubt it will ride as well or last any longer than the non run flats I have been using but no doubt it will ride better and last longer than a motorcycle tire.
Hope it works well for you ... something that I did not expect, I got better mileage from this Michelin than I did the non runflats ... :?
I have worn out 4 and have the 5th one on the bike. The worst mileage was 9,700 and the best was 12,700. The more twisty roads i ride the worse the mileage.
 

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Hope it works well for you ... something that I did not expect, I got better mileage from this Michelin than I did the non runflats ... :?
I have worn out 4 and have the 5th one on the bike. The worst mileage was 9,700 and the best was 12,700. The more twisty roads i ride the worse the mileage.
I thought you went to the yokamama.
You are getting close to as many darkside miles as I have, how did that happen?
 

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I thought you went to the yokamama.
You are getting close to as many darkside miles as I have, how did that happen?
After wearing out 4 Michelin tires and reading some of the reviews, I decided to give the Yokohama a try. It is a very good tire! But for the mileage I got and the difference in the ride, decided to go back to the Michelin. I have one on the bike now and a backup on a spare rim ready to go.

Now regarding those Darkside miles. I get to ride while you are working!!! :ROFL:
 

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Now regarding those Darkside miles. I get to ride while you are working!!! :ROFL:
Not for long. :banana::banana::banana:
 
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