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Post  demingrickjames on Sun May 18, 2008 12:13 am

Guess I'm the only Yamaha rider posting here, (So far). I ride a 2007 Yamaha Stratoliner 1900 and just went to the dark side about a week ago.

The stock tires on my bike wore out at 7,500 miles. I went with the Goodyear Assurance Triple Tread 215/60 17 on the rear and it fits nicely.

Members of other forums I post on have; Scoffed, Flamed me, Predicted catastrophic failure, etc...

I'ts good to know there are others that aren't afraid to go against the grain.
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Post  jedishon on Sun May 18, 2008 6:37 am

Welcome to the site.....You are among friends, and will not be put down for being wise here.. Jump in anytime, share your thoughts and experiences......You are the first Yamaha darksider I know of.....Tried to get my son-in-law into the club, but he bought a Harley instead.....Got a picture of that bike????

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Post  smokey2255 on Sun May 18, 2008 7:36 am

demingrickjames
Congrats and welcome to the site, we all know here that we are gonna explode and go out in a ball of flames. We just accept it and go ride our scoots. No need for the flaming and scathing that we found on other sites as well. You will find that most of us have a pretty good sense of humor about that topic too, as seen in some of the pics and graphics around here.
Welcome and enjoy. Post your pics and tell us how you are liking it.

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Post  Steve-O on Sun May 18, 2008 10:08 am

Post a picture of your tire. I've found that folks have a lot of opinions without facts. Over here, we have facts.

Enjoy the ride and stay awhile. A stratoliner is on my shortlist for my next cruiser.....
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Post  twin1300 on Sun May 18, 2008 11:19 am

Hey Rickjames.......... Very Happy


Glad to have you sir! Yes, most of us have gotten all that and a bunch more....I was threatened to be sued by a troll on another site.....hehehehe That's another story!

You are welcome here and among a lot of guys and girls who only concern is that you do ride and NOT what you ride or put on your ride. Wink


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Post  demingrickjames on Mon May 19, 2008 9:17 am

Thank's for the support. It might take me a minute to figure out how to navigate and post pics on this new forum, but I'll get up to speed. Here's a pic of the tire and the bike I have it on.






OK, that worked. Am I the only one that thinks uploading pics on this forum is a P.I.T.A.? The one of the bike is kind of blurry. I'll post more in the future.
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Post  jedishon on Mon May 19, 2008 9:26 am

I would say that tire fits that bike perfectly.....nice choice....

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Post  demingrickjames on Mon May 19, 2008 9:35 am

The o.e.m. was a 190/60 17, new one is 215/60 17. It's just slightly taller and wider but fits without mods to the bike.

I've put about 600 miles on it this week and have only noticed minor changes (none of them bad) in the handling ofthe bike.

I don't think I'll ever go back to a mc tire on the rear of this bike.
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Post  twin1300 on Mon May 19, 2008 9:52 am

Nice looking Strato with your darkside. Thanks for the pics.


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Post  Steve-O on Tue May 20, 2008 3:49 pm

Hey! Where's that non-fuzzy picture you promised us?

Stratoliners are nice bikes.

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Post  demingrickjames on Wed May 21, 2008 11:27 pm

Sorry Steve-O, all the hi-res shots I have are pre dark side. But, just as soon as I get off my fat keester and take a couple, I'll be sure to post them right here.
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Post  DJ on Sun May 25, 2008 8:18 pm

Hey all,

I posted some where awhile ago. Dam if I can find it now. Getting to old.

I've only got 4000 miles on the OEM tire, but when its worn out, I'm going to the Darkside. The V Star forum Darkside topic they have only tried a 195/60-16 as a replace car tire. Has anyone here gone to maybe a 205 on a 07 V star 1300? Cool

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1999 Yamaha Venture

Post  mastermechanic on Thu May 29, 2008 10:02 pm

Hi there Guys.........nice to meet you. Any ideas on what tire and size would fit on my '99 Venture?

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Post  twin1300 on Thu May 29, 2008 10:12 pm

mastermechanic wrote:Hi there Guys.........nice to meet you. Any ideas on what tire and size would fit on my '99 Venture?

To help us help you. What is the original tire size that fits a Venture and maybe we can head you into the right direction and you can be a first darksider of the Venture.

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Post  mastermechanic on Fri May 30, 2008 4:00 am

Here's the tire sizes on the Venture...........Rear-150/90-15..........Front-150/80-16.
Thanks in advance for all your info.

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Post  lizard on Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:14 am

There are a few Venture riders using the Goodrich TA Radial 155/80-15. I was looking for the Kumho 165/80-15, but could'nt find one locally. I'm having the Goodrich mounted on Monday.

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Post  mastermechanic on Sun Jun 01, 2008 9:50 am

Do they make a 155/90-15? The 155/80-15 is over a half inch shorter isn't it? That's if my metric conversion is right. By the way......who makes kumho tires?

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Post  lizard on Sun Jun 01, 2008 4:24 pm

You're right, the bike will sit 1/4 inch lower, and the speed-o will be wrong. As far as who makes a Kumho tire, Kumho as far as I know. I really don't know if its made by any major tire manufacture and marketed under a different brand. With a name like that, I'd imagine it is a Asian Brand? I understand that the TA Radial is a high performance tire, but that is only heresay...

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Post  lizard on Mon Jun 02, 2008 9:55 pm

I got my tire mounted today! The tire shop had no problems mounting it!

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Post  mastermechanic on Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:02 pm

Well had the BF Goodrich mounted today at the Yamaha shop. They were getting nervous when they applied 65 lbs of air and the tire didn't pop on to the rim. They decided to let it sit a while and see if it popped into place. I told them to add more air, but they said they didn't want anyone to get hurt since they didn't know what amount of air the tire could handle. Needless to say it popped on and I put the tire on the bike.

One thing I noticed, the tire is not only smaller in height, but in width too. Guess dimensions on bike tires are a little different. I put 38lbs of air and took it for a ride. Seemed a little squishy. Especially in the corners. I also noticed the tire bulging on the left side when it's on the kick stand. What do you think? Should I add more air or let it break in?

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Post  twin1300 on Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:22 pm

Master,

Add more air and get above 40+ psi and go by 5psi to find what feels right. Plus don't forget about the mold release on the tire that will make it feel a little squishy also until you get it worn off. Just hang in there, there is a lot of mental you need to forget it's a car tire, so you will feel some phantom things. I have had guys say that their car tires are slipping....hehehehe .....and they weren't slipping.


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Post  mastermechanic on Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:25 pm

Thanks Bobby,
Sounds like a plan to me...............I will keep you posted. I have a feeling the tire will work out just fine.

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Post  twin1300 on Sat Jun 28, 2008 5:33 pm

mastermechanic wrote:Thanks Bobby,
Sounds like a plan to me...............I will keep you posted. I have a feeling the tire will work out just fine.

Great!!! Keep us up on how it's going and if you have any other issues. We have helped plenty of guys just like you to the ways of the darkside.

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Post  DJ on Sun Jun 29, 2008 7:14 pm

Hey All,

Yesterday with only 6280 miles the Yamaha OEM tire is worn out.


Mounted a Dunlop SP Sport 5000 195/60 - 16 on the 07 V Star 1300. Added 2 ounces of Dyno Beads. Rode about 140 miles today, will never go back to M/C TIRES.

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Post  jedishon on Sun Jun 29, 2008 7:38 pm

DJ wrote:Hey All,

Yesterday with only 6280 miles the Yamaha OEM tire is worn out.


Mounted a Dunlop SP Sport 5000 195/60 - 16 on the 07 V Star 1300. Added 2 ounces of Dyno Beads. Rode about 140 miles today, will never go back to M/C TIRES.

DJ

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