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03-05-2011, 07:44 PM
After debating for several weeks now, I have decided that when I change tires before this riding season, I would like to move to a C/T. I have a 2007 V Star 1300 Tourer. The current M/T size is 170/70-16. It seems most people mount the Dunlop 5000 which is 195/60-16. A few I've seen are 205 width. The stock rim is 4.5". Is there an issue with either of these? Will both work fine? I appreciate any input you can give me. I do not want to open up a whole Darkside debate...there are plenty of other threads for that.
03-05-2011, 08:43 PM
You're question might best be answered on a Darkside forum since we seem to have so few people who ride on the Darkside here. Do a google search for Riding on the Darkside.
03-06-2011, 09:15 AM
There is a darkside forum on Delphi forums.
03-06-2011, 01:00 PM
I am a member of This forum AND the Darkside forum Too. It is not really that big of a deal to switch. It is a weighty decission, but it's not up there with many of life's more important ones. it's just a tire. (Way better for cruisin' than a MC tire, but it's still just tires.) just something else to have to buy when you ride motorcycles. AND, for those who havent heard it all before, It's for heavy cruisers, and Thats all! Well, I have seen sport bikes riged with C/T's but they were mostly for stright 1/4 mile tracks. On a heavy cruiser, you can ride any road in the world, as long as you remember to ride like a cruiser, and not try to do sport bike antics with it.
The main thing is, is your 4.5" rim big enough. My own is 5" but, it's on a 1800C VTX. You may be trying to put to much tire on there with a 205. on a 4.5 rim
You know, I've seen some good lookin' highly rated tires in a 195 size that would probably work great. You'll have to order them I bet. You'd be lucky to find 'em in stock anywhere.
Plus, depending on how bad you want it, and how much you're willing to spend, you could put in a custom wider swingarm like some have done. it's up to you.
"knees in the wind" :thumbsup:
03-09-2011, 06:53 AM
Best advice so far, go to one of the darkside forums out there. I have been riding a c/t for most of my riding career, though not that long. Good luck.
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