Tire is a 185/65/15 StarFire RS-C 2.0 (StarFire is a Cooper tire subsidiary)
Tire is about 1" shorter and 1/2" wider than stock 170/80/15.
Should get me a little more acceleration on the bottom end, and not worried about top end since I don't even get into 4th gear (my top gear) till 65 mph.
No idea how good (or bad) this tire will be, but for $40, I figured why not.
I got some nickle plated 90° valve stems for $10
I got a spare rim off e-bay for $55
I want to have a spare rim so if I had problems I could still ride the bike
And I still have problems. I can't get the bead to seat.
My compressor will only inflate to ~80 PSI, and apparently it is not enough to get it to pop.
I had cleaned the bead seat (used 320 then 400 grit sand paper) and have tried soapy water and even some Kentucky Jelly. Just not enough pressure I guess (seems 15" motorcycle rims (just over 15") and 15" car tires (just under 15") have a hard time seating, 100 psi is normal from what I can find).
I have also read I may need to reposition the tire (right now part of it is seated, part is not, possibly needs to be all unseated). I will be trying that tomorrow, and if not, Monday have a friend with a compressor that I can do up to 120 psi (don't want to go that high though).
So for $105 (about the cost of a "quality" motorcycle tire), I will be giving the Darkside a try.
: forgot to add, I plan on using some Ride On
tire sealer/balancer to balance the tire.
I will be using the ATV stuff
. Have read many use it instead of the motorcycle specific one with good results. While the ATV one does not state it is for balanceing tires, it does work for that as well (and is a lot cheaper than the motorcycle version).
It was $20 for a 32 oz bottle (enough for front (8-10 oz) and rear (12-15 oz) tire). The Motorcycle stuff is around $15 for and 8 oz bottle, and you need around 3 bottles for front and rear tire.