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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-23-2013, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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I think I am going to try the dark side for my 2010 Vision. What size has been working best? I'm probably going with the dunlop run flat dsst. 195/55r 16 ?
I currently have an e3 on it that is worn flat in the center and still has the nubbies on the sides.
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Seems there is a guy named Rollin that strolls through here time to time that uses the same flavor. I think he uses the winter sport variety, not that it makes a lot of beans one way or the other.

195-55 16 seems to be the size most use. Run flat has it's advantage, but I find them a little harsh. On the Wing it was a 10 minute job to switch rears so I kept a RF for IBA and road trips, then used a standard for every day. Some may go more narrow with a taller aspect sidewall, but why. this one is very easy to find and comes in a gazillion varieties.

Watch out for the flaming death though. I keeps a lot of folks warm in winter and really isn't too bad for summer riding.

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Seems there is a guy named Rollin that strolls through here time to time that uses the same flavor. I think he uses the winter sport variety, not that it makes a lot of beans one way or the other.

195-55 16 seems to be the size most use. Run flat has it's advantage, but I find them a little harsh. On the Wing it was a 10 minute job to switch rears so I kept a RF for IBA and road trips, then used a standard for every day. Some may go more narrow with a taller aspect sidewall, but why. this one is very easy to find and comes in a gazillion varieties.

Watch out for the flaming death though. I keeps a lot of folks warm in winter and really isn't too bad for summer riding.

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Yes. I'm using a 195/55R16 Dunlop Winter Sport run flat snow tire.
I like it.
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Going Darkside would complete the looks of my HighBall, would really give it that nostalgic look, wonder just what tyre I would need..............



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Going Darkside would complete the looks of my HighBall, would really give it that nostalgic look, wonder just what tyre I would need..............
I doubt you would be able to use your stock rim. You would probably need to go to a wider rim and try to use a 185 wide tire to give good clearance. Check out the thread below to give you some idea of what you would be getting into.

https://www.victoryforums.com/showthread.php?t=18434

I'm super happy with the 175 I'm using on my XC but they don't make that particular tire anymore unfortunately. It would likely be an ok tire for your HighBall but be warned; car tires on lighter bikes just don't feel as good as they do on the heavier touring bikes.
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Yes. I'm using a 195/55R16 Dunlop Winter Sport run flat snow tire.
I like it.
And this is the guy that recommended the same tire to me and I like it too. I spend 90% of my time on concrete and highway and this tire is doing great. It looks pretty bad ass I think on the stand when your walking up to it, meaty is the word..

I think I wrote a feedback after a couple months after switching over, don't really like the feel on the real sharp twisties after getting used to how well the Vision does on a MCT BUT that counts for very little of my riding. I do love the feel of this tire and even though it is a runflat, I do not think it is stiff at all. I have been running 41 PSI which seems to work for me, no trailer, and had no issues getting it aligned once back on. I would start looking now for whos going to mount it for you. That was my biggest headach. Bought mine through SamsClub for 165. Got just over 8k on it with no issues.

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I doubt you would be able to use your stock rim. You would probably need to go to a wider rim and try to use a 185 wide tire to give good clearance. Check out the thread below to give you some idea of what you would be getting into.

https://www.victoryforums.com/showthread.php?t=18434

I'm super happy with the 175 I'm using on my XC but they don't make that particular tire anymore unfortunately. It would likely be an ok tire for your HighBall but be warned; car tires on lighter bikes just don't feel as good as they do on the heavier touring bikes.
Thanks for the reply, as far as the weight issue goes, at 285 I think I put a little more weight on the ass end of my bike .

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I am getting a new front tire today and I plan on asking if they will mount a CT on my rear wheel. It's an independent shop and I bring in my wheels.
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Thanks for the reply, as far as the weight issue goes, at 285 I think I put a little more weight on the ass end of my bike .
I have seen a 195/55R16 on a Kingpin. He used a Vision rear wheel.

I don't know if that will work on a High Ball.
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Got my new front tire from the shop today. I asked them if they would mount a car tire for me. The answer was a resounding no that came with a long dissertation on why I shouldn't go to the dark side.
I am now somewhat discouraged.
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