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Old 12-06-2009, 03:07 PM   #1
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What winter tires do you

use in your GS. I went for a ride today (34) and the OEMs were like a rock not much grip at all.
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Old 12-06-2009, 06:49 PM   #2
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From 6 to 106 I use the same Avon Distanzias!

No grip issues for me.

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Old 12-08-2009, 02:49 PM   #3
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use in your GS. I went for a ride today (34) and the OEMs were like a rock not much grip at all.
TIA
Astolfo, I see we are kind of in the same area, I run Tourences year round on both my r11gs and r12gsa but I park the bike for my commute when the temps get below 32 but the only reason is my commute takes me across an area known for black ice. I have had both bikes out in the low 20's with no traction issues.

Cheers and keep the shiney side up over there on the island.
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Old 12-08-2009, 05:06 PM   #4
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Astolfo, I see we are kind of in the same area, I run Tourences year round on both my r11gs and r12gsa but I park the bike for my commute when the temps get below 32 but the only reason is my commute takes me across an area known for black ice. I have had both bikes out in the low 20's with no traction issues.

Cheers and keep the shiney side up over there on the island.
thanks. i have no "option" but to drive in today, and yesterday's weather
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:47 PM   #5
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Studded Pirelli MT21 tires

See my two blog entries from Dec 4, 2009, about my experience to get studded tires for my R1200GS Adventure. I have been running on them for a week now in temperatures between 15F and 40F however there has hardly been any ice so I have still to give final verdict. http://hakansoderbom.spaces.live.com



Note, I am running on custom 21"/18" wheels from Woody's Wheel Works and not the oem 19"/17". The MT21 only comes in 21" for the front so you would have to find an alternative if you are running stock.
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:06 PM   #6
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Thanks! Question what would happen if you don't put as many studs? i will give them a call and check, but i was thinking that it could also be a good idea to sipe the tires instead.....do you know who would do it?
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:24 PM   #7
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My EXP's have only modest capabilities on ice:

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Old 12-08-2009, 08:31 PM   #8
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Some thoughts

I really dont know if there is an ideal number of studs. If you expect a lot of ice I would use as many as possible, little ice - fewer to get more rubber on the road. In my case I have another set of wheels with road tires so I just switch, which means these are now my winter/icy road tires...

Correctly done siping will give you better grip on snow but won't do a lot on ice.

You will have to ask around at local tire shops if they can do it for you. My exprience wrt studding was 1) they will only do it if you buy their tires (car tires that is) and 2) they wont do it for a motorcycle since there are too many unknown facts (e.g. liability).
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:32 AM   #9
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My EXP's have only modest capabilities on ice:


Awwwwwwwwwwww, ain't that cute! A big ol' GSA trying to make a snow angel...
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:32 AM   #10
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The only thing that has ever kept me off the road (and will continue to) in many years of riding is ice and packed snow. You guys and gals who venture out on that stuff, with or with out studded tires, have my utmost respect!
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:59 AM   #11
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The only thing that has ever kept me off the road (and will continue to) in many years of riding is ice and packed snow. You guys and gals who venture out on that stuff, with or with out studded tires, have my utmost respect!
I learned a funny thing about dropping a bike on ice: as if it weren't enough work on bare ground, when you try to pick it up on ice, it simply slides away!
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:06 AM   #12
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From 6 to 106 I use the same Avon Distanzias!

No grip issues for me.

Jim
I used the Avon Distanzias and while they had dry weather grip they were slick as hell when thing got wet and cold. Run the Tourance now and never looked back. Lasted longer, cornered better, tracked better when wet and cold. Just my two cents worth.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:31 PM   #13
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I normally don't ride in winter conditions.
We only have one or two weeks of snow at best; freezing is a little more popular but nothing too bad.

I'm looking for a new set of tires for my gs and was concidering something winter oriented to skip the winter break.
Can anyone recommend a set of tires for these specifics?

I'm used to tourance and the exp. But the exp did not last long at all. If i wasn't concidering winter tires i would probably get the tourance (regular) again.

I've heard hedenau might have some, that's all i know
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:26 PM   #14
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I ve ridin with the exp and regular tourances and feel the regular tourances are superior in all
conditions, better wear, grip, cornering, wet weather , cold weather, off pavement, etc...

Riding my GSA in the cold isnt a problem for me at all, as its almost like riding a snowmobile
anyway with the huge gas tank and windscreen for protection, not to mention the heated grips.
Its when the city drops all that road salt and new brine they use is when I park the GSA in the
garage. Salt destroys metal and will just eat away at your brake calipers and wheel spokes!!!!
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:32 PM   #15
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I ve ridin with the exp and regular tourances and feel the regular tourances are superior in all...kes!!!!
not to mention that salt melts snow and freezes. seen many a pedestrian deliver his groceries to the pavement that way.

I feel the same about the Tourane but there's got to be a better tire? no?
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