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Post  tazevil1 on Sat May 29, 2010 1:14 am

I had been doing a lot of research before deciding to go with a car tire over a motorcycle tire. I was due for a new set of tires, so I had to make a fast decision. Do I spend $260 on another Venon R that will last me 6000 miles, or go to the CT for $130 and get 20,000 or more miles?

So I ended up taking the entire bike apart. I had the rims powder coated, I replaced all the bearings. New brakes. Flushed the clutch and brake lines. New handlebar risers. A new Metz 880 up front and a Goodyear TripleTred on the back. Went with Dyna Beads over conventional balancing. I finally got it all back together last Friday night. I'm glad I did the research; knowing enough to deflate the rear tire before trying to mount it.

Took my first long ride last weekend. It was a little "different" on the turns, but after 3 or 4 corners, I felt much more comfortable. The straights were smooth as glass. I am running at 40 psi and still need to do a little dialing in to find that perfect sweet spot. I weigh around 300lbs and with the g/f on the back (she weighs all of 100 lbs) I am afraid of the tire rubbing if I go too low on pressure or crank down the shocks lower than 5.

Any suggestions?
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Re: New member of the Dark Side

Post  Dan on Sat May 29, 2010 7:27 am

Welcome Aboard :pirat: Lowering pressure won't cause a rub, and stock shocks should bottom out before that also.

Don't be afraid to experiment, it's part of the process, getting your DS wings Cool Try it, you might like it
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Re: New member of the Dark Side

Post  jedishon on Sat May 29, 2010 9:52 am

Welcome to the darkside. Seems like you have a good handle on things.

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Post  nodakbassmaster on Sat May 29, 2010 12:49 pm

sweet, welcome! Cool

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Post  twin1300 on Sat May 29, 2010 10:27 pm

Congrats on your choice of going darkside! Welcome to all the whooplah! LOL

Lower your air pressure by about 5 psi and ride it and see how it feels. Stop and check for rubs! See how it feels. I think you will love the lower air pressure. JMO


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