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Old 03-24-2019, 08:17 PM   #1
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Tires and Houston streets

Anyone have any factual information on the performance of tires on these slippery af Houston streets in wet weather? I'm terrified making turns on my bike with as little lean and speed as possible.
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from personal experience, pirelli angel GT's work well in the wet, conti sport attacks work pretty well too. lowering your pressure some will help with grip to an extent

better suggestion, check the weather forecast often and don't ride when there's expected rainfall. unless it's your only means of transportation

houston streets aren't bad at all compared to san antonio
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Increasing your air pressure +- 5psi is recommended for better wet weather traction.
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Old 03-25-2019, 01:38 AM   #4
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Increasing your air pressure +- 5psi is recommended for better wet weather traction.
Could you explain why you think this would help.
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Old 03-25-2019, 06:20 AM   #5
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do more trackdays. with practice, you'll have more overall confidence in your riding and will feel less nervous.

changing from tire A to tire B won't net you the confidence that becoming a better rider brings you.
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I have been really supris d about how far tires have come. I got stuck in a shower riding rosso 3s and was stunned about how aggressive I could ride. I mean we were riding fast still. The only thing is being smooth with your inputs. I know my personal experience wasn’t the facts you were looking for but I hope it helps.just stay away from low or no silica tires like the Q4s
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You're right, things do get slippery on these houston streets when it rains. Always good to let it rain for 5-10 minutes and allow the initial oils and such to wash off before riding. Other than that, having good tread and quality rubber should suffice along with a little restraint when pulling the throttle back.

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I run slicks on all my bikes for every day riding. Yes I've been caught in downpour. Yes I've ridden when its rained. And yes when it was just a mist. I've also had street tires in these conditions. Just dont street rossi it on whatever you're riding on and you'll be fine.
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Could you explain why you think this would help.
Increasing pressure sounds counter-intuitive, but from a technical standpoint, it makes sense.

Lowering pressure will allow the tire to deform more, increasing the contact patch which is great for dry weather traction. However, a larger area is not great when a liquid is trapped between the rubber and the road surface. The larger area creates a higher risk of hydroplaning.

Lean angles are less in wet weather conditions. A higher pressure decreases deformation ensuring that the center portion of the tire remains in contact with the road surface. The lack of deflection in the tires helps displace the water to the sides and through the siping in the tire.
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I like riding in the rain. I got Michelin Pilot Roads on my bike and they are a great all around tire. Get a decent set of tires with good wet traction and you'll be fine. I used to run left over track tires and was aftraid of rain, but I am smarter now. Riding on slicks in the rain is not a good idea.
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Dunlop RoadSmart III's, Michelin Pilot Road 5, Bridgestone T31, Pirelli Rosso 3 or Angel GT, all work great on the streets of Houston. They offer more than enough grip for most riders while lasting thousands of miles longer than tires in the sport category like Q3+, Michelin Power Ride Smart, Pirelli Rosso Corsa 2, Bridgestsone S21 or new S22.
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Rosso 3's get my vote for best all around street tire.
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Dunlop RoadSmart III's, Michelin Pilot Road 5, Bridgestone T31, Pirelli Rosso 3 or Angel GT, all work great on the streets of Houston. They offer more than enough grip for most riders while lasting thousands of miles longer than tires in the sport category like Q3+, Michelin Power Ride Smart, Pirelli Rosso Corsa 2, Bridgestsone S21 or new S22.
Roadsmart is what I run. Never had any issues in the rain.
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For those of you who like the Dunlop RoadSmart series tire, Dunlop has a new tire that is available now. It's a remake of the RoadSmart II using it's tread pattern but manufactured using new rubber compounds. It's offered as a value priced option to the premium RoadSmart III. Pricing is comparable to the new value priced GPR300 sport tire which is very inexpensive at around $69 front and only $89 rear. Might be worth a try. An old proven tread pattern with new rubber technology and a great price. I don't stock this tire at the moment but can have it usually in 1 day. If anyone wants to try a set let me know. Only $20 labor per wheel for installation ON your bike or $10 each wheel only. Bill at 936-756-9711, Cycle Shack North in Conroe. Have a great weekend, be safe out there.
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