For those of you that are gonna commute all winter, like me, i’d like to know what you all run/recommend for uber-grip on London’s cold, damp, diesel strewn roads, considering 20mph average speeds in stop/start traffic through Euston/Camden - so no time for tyres to reach temp - punctuated with 70mph up the A40 for 3 miles, and 50mph drag races to each set of lights.Oh - and the bike is a Superduke.
A few years ago I ran Avon Pro Extreme rain’s on a KTM Supermoto and the grip was awesome. I really could ride in the rain like it was dry… but 600 miles later the rear was pretty squared off, and they’re £240 a set, £140 for the rear.
They do make this tyre with a 180 rear fro the SD, but one dry week could see the rear tyre off in 500 miles, so at 20 miles a day that’s hardly economic.
My current tyres are Pilot Powers, and they’re pretty ok, but I’ve still had a few slides, and even found myself spinning-up the rear when trying to pull away from the lights (and I’m talking a gentle pull-away) - so I’m looking to improve on these.
I hear Dunlop Roadsmarts are good, I could try the Mich PP 2CT version, and the Michelin Pilot Road 2 is an option, (but as it’s a “sports/tourer” I’m wondering if the longer life of the PR2 means less grip in the wet, not more?) Other usual suspects include the Pirelli Angels, and Dunlop Qualifiers, etc…
Someone suggested using race wets from ebay (cheers fella) and I’m tempted, but seriously, what else is good? I want the best possible grip and not bothered if I get just 1000 miles from the rear. I’d rather stay upright all winter and melt some rubber on the road, insetad of metal & plastic. Obviously I’ll avoid track days over winter, so this is just for my daily commute.