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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 01-11-2006, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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Are sport-touring tires dangerous?

I want to buy some high-mileage tires, but I've had people tell me not to buy sport-touring tires because less grip could equal danger in the wrong situation, not just in cornering but in braking/swerving as well. Is there any truth to this?
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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 01-11-2006, 09:37 PM
 
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I hope not, high mileage tires are a requirement for me
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you shouldn't have problems with sport tour tires, they just start to slide/spin a little easyer than full on sport compound, If you aren't riding on a race track @ race speeds you probably will not notice the differance.

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The grip is pretty good, what you will notice a difference in is how much longer they take to warm up, and how much flatter the profile is, so it takes more effort to lean the bike.



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more effort to lean the bike? that doesn't sound good at all.
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post #6 of 31 (permalink) Old 01-12-2006, 06:57 AM
 
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Its not really a bad thing and the amount of effort while noticeable with different tires usually isnt enough to be of concern.

Different tires have different profiles and all "turn in" a bit differently. An hour or two on your new tire though and you will be acclimated to it and wont even notice.
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Exactly, the difference is noticable, but not great. Its like going from say a 190 to a 180 tire. Or say from an old tire that had a serios case of a flat center worn on it to a new tire and nice and round...

Touring tires are "flatter" to provide more streight line stability, bigger contact patch, and wear resistance. Racing tires are more "triangular", they provide a greater contact patch leaned over than they do streight. They turn in very quick, and make the bike twitchy, they also wear a flat on them very quickly.



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post #8 of 31 (permalink) Old 01-12-2006, 02:09 PM
 
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so what are the #'s on the sport tourings vs sport tires? i get about 5k outta my dunlop 208's what can i expect out of a sport touring?
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Diablos last me about 2500-3k miles. T46 lasted 8k and had more to go, but I got a nail, and didnt feel like riding with a plug.
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Any opinions on the Michelin Pilot Roads? I've been looking a lot at those. Is the leaned-over grip going to suffer much?
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