Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:20 am

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:20 am linkquote
So i finally had to change my rear tire, and upgraded to a minicooper tire.

The guy at the tire shop said "i'll mount it but i won't give you a receipt."

So, after a 40 mile ride, I am very satisfied with the tire. It feels more stable when you're going down the road.

I can now officially recommend transferring to the darkside!!!

Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:26 am

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:26 am linkquote
Re: Moved to the darkside mp3 250
805g wrote:
So i finally had to change my rear tire, and upgraded to a minicooper tire.

The guy at the tire shop said "i'll mount it but i won't give you a receipt."


You shoulda said "I'll pay you with a check, but I won't put the $$ in the bank."
Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:11 am

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:11 am linkquote
Welcome to the Darkside!

My dealer gave me a receipt but had me initial and sign it about a dozen times next to all the warnings and waivers.

So far I haven't felt that it has impeded my safety in any way. I just hope that if something ever does happen, the insurance companies won't take issue with me not having the proper tire. But knowing insurance, they probably will.
Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:42 pm

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:42 pm linkquote
Don't think I will ever go back to a "normal" scooter tire. It still looks near new after 4000 miles, in fact most of the visible wear is on the outside edges but it is minimal. I am totally sold on the concept and have no trouble getting it over in the curves. I will post a pic of my foot pegs if you don't believe me.
Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:38 pm

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:38 pm linkquote
stickyfrog wrote:
It still looks near new after 4000 miles...
It better gets ten times that many.
Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:05 pm

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:05 pm linkquote
sushiman007 wrote:
stickyfrog wrote:
It still looks near new after 4000 miles...
It better gets ten times that many.
Even if it only gets five times that many miles he will still have saved quite a bit in tires and service charges.
Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:17 pm

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:17 pm linkquote
I considered getting a 400 MP3, but if I can't put a rear car tire on it I'm not interested any more.
Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:01 pm

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:01 pm linkquote
heinlein wrote:
sushiman007 wrote:
stickyfrog wrote:
It still looks near new after 4000 miles...
It better gets ten times that many.
Even if it only gets five times that many miles he will still have saved quite a bit in tires and service charges.
Yeah I hope they go quite a few more. My only concern with this particular tire is that the one they sent was a few years old. So far the sidewalls look fine, no cracking or anything but I do keep an eye on it.

I too would like to move to a 500 and I will find something that fits before I do.
Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:45 pm

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:45 pm linkquote
stickyfrog wrote:
heinlein wrote:
sushiman007 wrote:
stickyfrog wrote:
It still looks near new after 4000 miles...
It better gets ten times that many.
Even if it only gets five times that many miles he will still have saved quite a bit in tires and service charges.
Yeah I hope they go quite a few more. My only concern with this particular tire is that the one they sent was a few years old. So far the sidewalls look fine, no cracking or anything but I do keep an eye on it.

I too would like to move to a 500 and I will find something that fits before I do.
If you find something that fits it for sure..please let us know!
Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:34 pm

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:34 pm linkquote
car tire
I may be dumb so please explain the car tire thing. you mount a mini cooper car tire on the mp3 rear and it lasts lots longer? why does the motorcycle specific tire wear out so quickly? is there a compromise on grip/traction. I wish I had heard about this. my bike is approaching 6k and the tire needs replacing. I found it on ebay for 50$ and got 2. if the automobile tire is safe, it would last lots longer? how much longer? Educate me on using the mini cooper's tire v a cycle tire please.
Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:44 pm

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:44 pm linkquote
FurryMeatloaf wrote:
Welcome to the Darkside!

I just hope that if something ever does happen, the insurance companies won't take issue with me not having the proper tire. But knowing insurance, they probably will.
They could care less... of no interest to an insurance company.. Your driving record is of interest to them.. and your experience.. but not your tires..
Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:02 pm

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:08 pm

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:08 pm linkquote
OAD are you sure they are actually available? When I looked into these I was told they were not available.
Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:09 pm

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:09 pm linkquote
no I haven't pushed the order button I am itching to though, maybe a phone call tomorrow will settle me down.
Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:16 pm

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:16 pm linkquote
Let me know OAD. I'm toying with the idea of buying two, one for me and one for you, and you get to mount my tire when I come to Tennessee.
Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:23 pm

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:23 pm linkquote
heinlein wrote:
Let me know OAD. I'm toying with the idea of buying two, one for me and one for you, and you get to mount my tire when I come to Tennessee.
Whoo hoo , When are you coming? gotta make some plans. Dragon , skyway, maggie vally, m/c museum, Luthorhuss's fav Helen, Georgia. , Jack Daniels. where to go what to ride?
Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:31 pm

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:31 pm linkquote
Don't know when as everything is topsy turvy at the moment. I just got out of the hospital after having a partially obstructed bowel and my mom says dad isn't doing well and my brother took him to the hospital this morning. I've got family in Louisville and friends in GA that I hope to visit this year.
Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:35 pm

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:35 pm linkquote
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Don't know when as everything is topsy turvy at the moment. I just got out of the hospital after having a partially obstructed bowel and my mom says dad isn't doing well and my brother took him to the hospital this morning. I've got family in Louisville and friends in GA that I hope to visit this year.
wish I had a spare MP3 like Rob in Denver.
Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:29 am

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Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:29 am linkquote
Re: car tire
rexkaru wrote:
I may be dumb so please explain the car tire thing. you mount a mini cooper car tire on the mp3 rear and it lasts lots longer? why does the motorcycle specific tire wear out so quickly? is there a compromise on grip/traction. I wish I had heard about this. my bike is approaching 6k and the tire needs replacing. I found it on ebay for 50$ and got 2. if the automobile tire is safe, it would last lots longer? how much longer? Educate me on using the mini cooper's tire v a cycle tire please.
Search this forum for the term darkside and you will get the info you seek. I can tell you that currently it is only an option for the 250 cc MP-3's with the older 12" wheel. Nobody as yet to find a 14" car tire that would work on the 400/500's.

Try these two topics

First attempt at the darkside...fail Second try Win!!Update

1000 miles on the Darkside (edit now 2000 miles!)
Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:29 am

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Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:29 am linkquote
called them and they said 30 day back order at this time. I did give them my email for updates and when they come in.

Now if we could get a few others to call them and do the same maybe they will get up off their butts and really order them so we can hopefully try one out. If anyone does call them don't let them know you only want 1 let them think you want 4.

oh and at $94 includes free shipping
Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:29 am

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Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:29 am linkquote
old as dirt wrote:
called them and they said 30 day back order at this time. I did give them my email for updates and when they come in.

Now if we could get a few others to call them and do the same maybe they will get up off their butts and really order them so we can hopefully try one out. If anyone does call them don't let them know you only want 1 let them think you want 4.

oh and at $94 includes free shipping
I think it would be ideal if we could get four shipped to your address and have a get together at the barn. I would be happy to pay you for two if it works out that way.
Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:35 am

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Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:35 am linkquote
Re: car tire
rexkaru wrote:
I may be dumb so please explain the car tire thing. you mount a mini cooper car tire on the mp3 rear and it lasts lots longer? why does the motorcycle specific tire wear out so quickly? is there a compromise on grip/traction. I wish I had heard about this. my bike is approaching 6k and the tire needs replacing. I found it on ebay for 50$ and got 2. if the automobile tire is safe, it would last lots longer? how much longer? Educate me on using the mini cooper's tire v a cycle tire please.
The two links Zinfan posted above have a lot of good info. Here are some quick answers.

1. A car tire lasts longer because of its larger contact area and different composition. A bike tire is rounded and made of a softer compound therefore it tends to flatten in the middle making the middle thin even though the edges may still have adequate tread left.

2. I believe it is safe as do many others. There is a whole group of people that run car tires on bikes. Here is a forum devoted to it that I found when I was initially researching http://mcdarksiders.forumotion.com/ In my experience so far I have found nothing unsafe. How much longer it lasts is yet to be seen but a car tire that is rated for 30,000 miles should get that or more on a bike provided the tread on the edge (that is used in cornering) holds up... Like I said though it remains to be seen on a maxi scooter though very high miles have been reported by other PTW riders.

Just to give you an idea, on a 12 in tire like many of us run on the 250 4000 miles would be good on a standard MC tire. If a car tire lasts 4 times as long (though will probably go much longer) then you see the difference.
Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:39 am

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Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:39 am linkquote
My biggest concern with the darkside fo the 500 is that while it is a 14" rim, it is 4.5. The tires listed and all the ones we have found say they will reach to this width range, but the problem comes from the design of car tires to bike tires. The problem arises with the concavity of the designs. Stickyfrog had trouble getting his 12" on, but it did eventually seat. This is because at 12", you're dealing with a lot less sidewall to "fight" into a small width bike rim. At 14", there's a lot more rubber you're trying to press inward to meet the bead point on our bikes. I've had one tire blow up, and OAD has had one he couldn't get to seat, nor could a local car place. I have HIGH hopes that someday/somehow we'll figure out how to go darkside on the 500, but until we either find a tire with a concave design or designed for a 4.5 bike style rim, we're gonna be riding our Diablos.
Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:02 pm

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Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:02 pm linkquote
luthorhuss wrote:
My biggest concern with the darkside fo the 500 is that while it is a 14" rim, it is 4.5. The tires listed and all the ones we have found say they will reach to this width range, but the problem comes from the design of car tires to bike tires. The problem arises with the concavity of the designs. Stickyfrog had trouble getting his 12" on, but it did eventually seat. This is because at 12", you're dealing with a lot less sidewall to "fight" into a small width bike rim. At 14", there's a lot more rubber you're trying to press inward to meet the bead point on our bikes. I've had one tire blow up, and OAD has had one he couldn't get to seat, nor could a local car place. I have HIGH hopes that someday/somehow we'll figure out how to go darkside on the 500, but until we either find a tire with a concave design or designed for a 4.5 bike style rim, we're gonna be riding our Diablos.
To the best of my knowledge nobody has yet tried a 155/65R/14 which has always seemed like the perfect size to me; but it is hard to find. It seems to me that trying to squeeze "too" wide a tire into "too" narrow a rim would get easier as the diameter increases.
Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:12 pm

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Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:12 pm linkquote
Hmm... my Fuoco is going to need a new rear tyre soon. 155/65-R14's do seem available here:
http://www.atstyreshop.co.uk/eshop/en_GB/searchByTyre

My only problem is that this won't pass the MOT, so I'll need a spare rim with an MOT-OK rear tyre ready to swap out for a day once a year.
Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:14 pm

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Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:14 pm linkquote
heinlein wrote:
luthorhuss wrote:
My biggest concern with the darkside fo the 500 is that while it is a 14" rim, it is 4.5. The tires listed and all the ones we have found say they will reach to this width range, but the problem comes from the design of car tires to bike tires. The problem arises with the concavity of the designs. Stickyfrog had trouble getting his 12" on, but it did eventually seat. This is because at 12", you're dealing with a lot less sidewall to "fight" into a small width bike rim. At 14", there's a lot more rubber you're trying to press inward to meet the bead point on our bikes. I've had one tire blow up, and OAD has had one he couldn't get to seat, nor could a local car place. I have HIGH hopes that someday/somehow we'll figure out how to go darkside on the 500, but until we either find a tire with a concave design or designed for a 4.5 bike style rim, we're gonna be riding our Diablos.
To the best of my knowledge nobody has yet tried a 155/65R/14 which has always seemed like the perfect size to me; but it is hard to find. It seems to me that trying to squeeze "too" wide a tire into "too" narrow a rim would get easier as the diameter increases.
ROFL, OAD and me were just talking and saying the same thing.... I think it comes down to "in hand" technology...where we'll find out once we get one in. I don't know about the perfect size, but I think that if that doesn't work, we might be looking for a long time before we find one that works.
Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:16 pm

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Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:16 pm linkquote
jimc wrote:
Hmm... my Fuoco is going to need a new rear tyre soon. 155/65-R14's do seem available here:
http://www.atstyreshop.co.uk/eshop/en_GB/searchByTyre

My only problem is that this won't pass the MOT, so I'll need a spare rim with an MOT-OK rear tyre ready to swap out for a day once a year.
can't you use a rim off the X9?
Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:32 pm

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Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:32 pm linkquote
Hmm... I guess so. It's not going to happen for a few weeks, but if it does I'll definitely keep you informed.
Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:56 pm

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Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:56 pm linkquote
Will be very interesting to see Jim. If it works out you could have a small retirement business as a middle man selling them to 'merkins.
Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:29 pm

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Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:29 pm linkquote
stickyfrog wrote:
Will be very interesting to see Jim. If it works out you could have a small retirement business as a middle man selling them to 'merkins.
I can see it now . Jim is walking thru customs at the airport carrying a half dozen car tires. The guys at the imigrations ask him whats up with the tires. he says oh those are for the scooter I ride here in the states, the tires you guys run over here are junk. The officer says ok by why so many. oh jim says umm oh umm well you see there are a few friends I have.......
Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:00 pm

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Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:00 pm linkquote
old as dirt wrote:
called them and they said 30 day back order at this time. I did give them my email for updates and when they come in.
Hopefully this means they will have just come off the line; not out of a warehouse aging like fine wine.
Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:04 pm

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Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:04 pm linkquote
jimc wrote:
Hmm... my Fuoco is going to need a new rear tyre soon. 155/65-R14's do seem available here:
http://www.atstyreshop.co.uk/eshop/en_GB/searchByTyre

Which one are you thinking of Jim? I would think the Hankook might be a good choice with it's silica compound. The cheaper Kleber is probably a good choice as well.
Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:59 pm

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Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:59 pm linkquote
Hmmm.....
Hey, I am thinking those 155/65 R14 75T's might work on the 500.
So many to choose from, too...
Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:17 pm

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Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:17 pm linkquote
Re: Hmmm.....
sushiman007 wrote:
Hey, I am thinking those 155/65 R14 75T's might work on the 500.
So many to choose from, too...
Thank god you're here. We would be lost without you.
Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:16 pm

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Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:16 pm linkquote
Re: Hmmm.....
heinlein wrote:
sushiman007 wrote:
Hey, I am thinking those 155/65 R14 75T's might work on the 500.
So many to choose from, too...
Thank god you're here. We would be lost without you.
Never say never, right?
But right now, I'm having way too much fun w/them Diablo's...!
Will consider the DS in about (6,000 miles x 2) 12,000 miles.
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Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22154
Location: Nashville, Indiana
Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:13 am linkquote
New tool for the barn OAD?
Saw this from another forum where someone was having a hard time getting a tire to seat and I thought of the problems OAD had in trying to get his car tire to seat.

I also read in a silverwing forum where a guy mounted a 140/65 - 14 inch tire (said he got it from tireseasy.com but I could not find it) by using an inner tube first to seat the tire then he removed the inner tube and the tire seated easier.
Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:49 am

Ossessionato
Scarabeo 500GT(hers), `07 250 MP3, `09 400 MP3
Joined: 13 Oct 2008
Posts: 2592
Location: Kingman, Az.
 
Ossessionato
Scarabeo 500GT(hers), `07 250 MP3, `09 400 MP3
Joined: 13 Oct 2008
Posts: 2592
Location: Kingman, Az.
Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:49 am linkquote
My 12" Falken car tire mounted easier than a stock scooter tire on my MP3 250 ! Maybe because it's sidewalls are thinner than a conventional scooter tire.

On any tire you need to match it with the rim tire widths it's made to mount on successfully. I mounted a MC tire once not knowing the rim width was too narrow for the tire. It went on(w/2 of us forcing it) and I rode on it 'till it was wore out, but it effected the MC handling some.
Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:57 am

Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22154
Location: Nashville, Indiana
 
Moderatus Rana
MP3 250 and 2 MP3 500s
Joined: 11 Jul 2008
Posts: 22154
Location: Nashville, Indiana
Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:57 am linkquote
In reference to luthorhuss's post if I remember right OAD couldn't get the car tires to seat on his rim. Maybe this tool would do the trick.
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