The darkside and my vision
Heavily discussed on another forum I visit, posting this here as the number of visionaries increase. These are just my thoughts on the darkside for the VIsion, not a debate of darkside or not. If you read and participate here you have already crossed that bridge and plan on trying it out. This is more of my feedback after being on it for a while pointing my pros an cons. Hope you find it helpful....
3000+ on darkside 190 Dunlop SP winter sport with runflat and am happy with what I bought it for. I'm year round daily commuter/rider with about 35 miles a day on concrete and 20+ asphalt. I spoke with Rollin prior to jumping on the darkside about this tire and he liked it so was what I went with. I didn't do it for the money savings or to be different. I looked at it just like the bike itself. Purpose built and that's why I bought it. Dunlop 190 mud/snow run flat. Here's my pro's and cons:
Quieter down the road and in turns smoothing out a lot of the BS road issues I transit everyday.
Traction amazing on asphalt after light rain in stop/go traffic during accel and stopping.
Heavy rain riding was just as good as my E3 during ride but C took it durning braking.
Excellent through road construction that has debris on roadway
More bite it seems on those turns that has debris in the drive
Did not affect smoothness of ride on long hauls with bike still reaching true at speed
No issues on ramps or off ramps at speed in heavy lean. You learn the new sweet spots and speed
Run flat piece of mind
If you find yourself in a oh s#%t moment on/off the road surface it does have a good feel your still in control
A little stiffer ride (44psi. And 4psi more in shock. I weigh 250) but this could be the run flat part.
Can't mount hitch as was hopping. Another thread has those details
Don't like having to learn how to ride the bike differently on 2ndry roads. The tire does not like wheel ruts and will want to track to it. Especially construction around 30mph.
Turns and twisties still navigated with no substantial issues, you adjust to it after a while, but she don't handle like she did. I was able to do most of what I did before at same speeds but had to work for it. However, coming into tight curves that have wheel ruts in pavement do not leave you feeling comfy. This is a significant point anyone thinking of converting should look at. Where are ou going to be riding daily.
Got to find someone to mount it other than shop. Lol
I was on the fence also with a lot of variables to weigh out. My plan is to run this through the winter into spring and see how it does for me. I may just purchase a used rear wheel and mount a bike tire on it and run that in the late spring through months I like to be on the twisties and doing things the vision does well. That would be ideal. Will see. For now, if your on the fence, make an informed decision accepting the fact the bike handles differently with this tire just like it might as you try different bike tires such as softer, harder etc. ask yourself why you feel you want to do it then follow that route. I'm happy with the darkside and what it does well but I know on the bike tire what I can do well too! Hope this gives some insight for some one.
Also, thanks Rollin for the tire recommendation. Very good choice it feels!
Safe ridin all!
2011 White Vision - Nuvi 550, Lowers, Lloydz 2nd filter, Vic perf filter, CB/Icom, 96 Brake LED's, Clear Signal lens/Switchbacks, VIC Hwy Pegs, Stebel Horn, 7Jurock 15" Shield, PCV, Lloyd ATS and Variable intake, Ness honkers
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