Newbie to the darkside, '08 Stratoliner

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Newbie to the darkside, '08 Stratoliner

Post  Heyblue on Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:11 pm

Hi everyone,
Last year i upgraded from a 1980 Suzuki GS1100 to a '08 Strat. It was brand new, never had a battery or gas in it. Talk about a sweet ride!!!!!!!

After 5000 miles my OEM tire was shot. I decided to go for broke and put a $400 Avon on it. That tire was so sweet that I could slalom the white lines at 60mph! But guess what....? 5000 miles later and it wouldn't pass inspection. Mad

Thats when i found this forum and did some reading. Everyone here (eastern NC) thought I was crazy when I told them I was going to put a car tire on my bike! So i did it.
Put a new 215/60/17 General Altimax HP on it this past Friday. The guy that installed it put 30lbs of pressure in it and told me that was plenty. I thought it rode great right off the bat! The only problem was I would get an occasional scrapping on the side when riding with my wife on the back. I was very hesitant to change anything because it rode so good! But this afternoon, i increased the pressure to 34 lbs and tightened up my suspension. The suspension was right in the middle at 6.5 inches. I decreased that to 6.25 to make it just a little stiffer. Haven't gone very far on it yet, only to the supermarket, but WOW what a difference. I don't know how it will be with the wife but single up, this is absolutely awesome!!

Thanks for all the great info on here guys,


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Re: Newbie to the darkside, '08 Stratoliner

Post  jaarch on Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:14 pm

From one noob to another, Welcome. I keep hearing something about cookies but I have not seen any yet.


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Re: Newbie to the darkside, '08 Stratoliner

Post  twin1300 on Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:44 pm

Congrats and welcome to the darkside! It will get better with the more miles you put on it.


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Post  quadancer on Tue Nov 16, 2010 6:40 am

I dunno how the Soosookeez are, but Harley sets up the suspension for like a 165 lb. flyweight rider from the factory. It was a big improvement, and even a smoother ride, jacking it up nearly all the way firm. Helps a lot on the Dragon too. The DS tire made it even smoother, along with all the other benefits.

Jaarch: your cookie is on the back, just under the fender! That's the only one I've found myself. Exclamation

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Re: Newbie to the darkside, '08 Stratoliner

Post  jedishon on Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:02 am

Cookies..... Somehow the box is always empty. The way it's going I think Twin would have to own a cookie factory to keep up.
Sorry Joe

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Post  StoneUpNorth on Tue May 26, 2015 11:57 am

Cookies?? Trolling on here looking for info. on going Darkside on my 2008 Stratoliner.


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