Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?


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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

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I am enjoying the Vitour, I think it took me about 150 miles to feel at ease being my 1st C/T. I commute to work through bouquet canyon and I'm feeling really comfortable leaning hard into the turns . I also find it easier to make low speed turns as well with the C/T. I dont know if the Vitour is the best tire , but its a good one for me.


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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

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Jetfighter3 wrote: Wed Aug 10, 2022 4:18 pm I am enjoying the Vitour, I think it took me about 150 miles to feel at ease being my 1st C/T. I commute to work through bouquet canyon and I'm feeling really comfortable leaning hard into the turns . I also find it easier to make low speed turns as well with the C/T. I dont know if the Vitour is the best tire , but its a good one for me.
If you could let us know the tires feel difference at sidewall PSI, lower & higher.
I/we found for the Austone 41-47 was much like a std. rear MT.

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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

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Because of all the post I read with car tire's on 2 wheels not trikes or sidecar rigs, I set my pressure to 50 PSI , 6 Lbs under the max to start. To be honest, I liked it from the start and didn't feel the need to play around with it. I'm 5'7 and 195 lbs , carry emergency items , extra helmet and riding gear and lunch for the day.
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Jetfighter3 wrote: Wed Aug 10, 2022 7:04 pm Because of all the post I read with car tire's on 2 wheels not trikes or sidecar rigs, I set my pressure to 50 PSI , 6 Lbs under the max to start. To be honest, I liked it from the start and didn't feel the need to play around with it. I'm 5'7 and 195 lbs , carry emergency items , extra helmet and riding gear and lunch for the day.
Understandable keeping what works.
Only suggestion, while it's new, ride through water upright & check the tire print. It should have a full wide print of the tire. If it's rounded the center tread will wear faster, unless you do a lot of cornering.

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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

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FM-USA wrote: Wed Aug 10, 2022 5:28 pm
If you could let us know the tires feel difference at sidewall PSI, lower & higher.
I/we found for the Austone 41-47 was much like a std. rear MT.
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I also run the Austone, but at 38 to 39 psi.
Stable as a rock. Seems strange that you have
to run it at so high a pressure.

P.S. about 18,000 miles on that rear tire right now.
Still has a long way to go.
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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

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I found that when I had the Austone, it rode best for me, between 48 and 52 p.s.i. I had put over 35K miles on that , and it still wasn't at the wear bars.
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offcenter wrote: Thu Aug 11, 2022 12:22 pm
FM-USA wrote: Wed Aug 10, 2022 5:28 pm
If you could let us know the tires feel difference at sidewall PSI, lower & higher.
I/we found for the Austone 41-47 was much like a std. rear MT.
.
I also run the Austone, but at 38 to 39 psi.
Stable as a rock. Seems strange that you have
to run it at so high a pressure.

P.S. about 18,000 miles on that rear tire right now.
Still has a long way to go.
I posted a generalization of what I read others do for Austone's.

I started out what the PSI was on the sidewall, way to soft, I pull a heavy trailer & can't have that trailer wallowing.
Went to 48, nope it felt like a rock. Felt every stone & road crack.
After doing deep turn tests on rough pavement, I settled on 42 psi. That's not to far off yours.

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Re: Darkside: No Taxi Tire...now what?

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Just a follow up on the Michelin Active 4 rear tire I ran on the front since August/21.
Total of approximately 13,000 klms, 8 thousand miles.
I decided to change it out after inspection.
As you may know I live in the mountains with lots of twisty roads and it really showed up on the tire. The center of the tire isn't even half wore but the cornering portions are about done, maybe a mm left plus cupping is in full view but tough to get a pic.
I'm replacing it with a basic Shinko front to see what happens.
Opinions on mileage I got out of the tire?


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8 thousand? I think that's awful!!
I run a Michelin Commander II in front on my 1500 and I've gotten at least 18,000 out of the last two.
And I ride a lot of curvy roads here in New Jersey. I avoid the highways like the plague.


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