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OK Who has a car tire on their stock rim for the Vstar 950? How does it feel? What size tire did you use? Please do not turn this thread into a debate for and against using a car tire. I am riding A hell of alot and even with keeping my tire pressure up where it should be I have already half worn the tire I got like a month and a half ago. 3.5k miles on it.

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I suggest you log in to Darkside Tire Info Center. Lots of good info to be had there.

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You haven't seen the dark side until you get my wife mad at you. Like the time I left the shower curtain outside the tub.

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For those that did switch over, what is the learning curve? I did ride one like I said, but the tire had been on for awhile and was not perfectly square so it was not a big deal.

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For those that did switch over, what is the learning curve? I did ride one like I said, but the tire had been on for awhile and was not perfectly square so it was not a big deal.
If you get the right tire, a new one will not be perfectly square. In fact, you don't want a "perfectly square" car tire.

Check these out

Michelin*Pilot Alpin PA3

http://www.1010tires.com/Tires/Revie...csta+SPT+(KU31)

The Michelin is what I ran on my Victory XCT

I ran a Kuhmo on my Wing

The edges are rounded and provide superior traction in a corner.

It might take a couple hours riding in various conditions to get a good feel for a C/T and be totally confident with it.

2005 Road Star Midnight

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I don't say it's for everybody, but works great for me. There's no real learning curve. Just feels a little diff. at first, which ya get used to pretty quick. Start off at around 34 lbs. of air, then adjust the air down to where it starts to fill a little squirmy, then add 2 lbs. of air at a time until it feels right to you. That helps to keep from wearing the center of the tire prematurely. You will probly have to adjust the air if you ride 2 up. I have mine set for riding 2 cause that's how I usually ride. When I ride myself, which isn't very often, it feels stiff. I would drop air in tire if I ride any distance myself. Otherwise it feels like riding on a motorcycle tire to me. I run 34 lbs. in a 195/65-15 General Altimax tire and it handles great. I prefer a symmetrical tread on the tire, but some say it makes no difference in way bike handles if not. I even know of some that run, run-flat tires on their machines. And some that have used winter tires. I suggest ya shop around a bit. Tirerack.com will let ya compare tires so ya can find something you like, then you can look around for the best price. Good luck in what ever you decide to do.

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