What winter tires do you

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Astolfo, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. Astolfo

    Astolfo Wicked Slow

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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
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  2. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    From 6° to 106° I use the same Avon Distanzias!

    No grip issues for me.

    Jim :brow
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  3. GSguy

    GSguy Here's a quarter.

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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.
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  4. Astolfo

    Astolfo Wicked Slow

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    thanks. i have no "option" but to drive in today, and yesterday's weather
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  5. HawkHog_v2

    HawkHog_v2 Living life where I live

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    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

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    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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  6. Astolfo

    Astolfo Wicked Slow

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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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  7. RudyBoy

    RudyBoy Been here awhile

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    My EXP's have only modest capabilities on ice:

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  8. HawkHog_v2

    HawkHog_v2 Living life where I live

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    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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  9. nevermind

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    Awwwwwwwwwwww, ain't that cute! A big ol' GSA trying to make a snow angel... :lol3
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  10. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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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! :clap
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  11. RudyBoy

    RudyBoy Been here awhile

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    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! :huh
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  12. bigdave-gs

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    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.:wink:
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  13. tommyvdv

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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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  14. Pickup man

    Pickup man Been here awhile

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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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  15. tommyvdv

    tommyvdv Been here awhile

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    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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  16. tommyvdv

    tommyvdv Been here awhile

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    I've put on heidenau tires. the vibration from. the coarse profile is noticeable at low speeds. the front floats a bit more. but so far so good. they strike me as being a bit more predictable than the Tourance
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  17. Thinc2

    Thinc2 Paciugo

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    I'm still commuting to work every morning at 7 am on the Anakees. Seems to work pretty good year round. If there is frost on the ground I take the train instead, since that is usually a sign there will be patches of ice.
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  18. GS Addict

    GS Addict Pepperfool

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    Not to mention pitting the Pipes!
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  19. BigDave75

    BigDave75 Will Work for Food!

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    Heidenau's
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  20. BigDave75

    BigDave75 Will Work for Food!

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    Road in a little snow yesterday and they were great!
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