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Old 06-01-2012, 10:39 PM
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Thank you for that info.....

I am now thinking that the combination of factors that compiled to equal my crash was the old rubber (7 years old with 4k miles) were dried out, the pressure was a touch higher than it should have been, dirtbike lube on the outside edge and I was a little hot coming into the turn..... those things combined to cause my accident, I believe.

I now ride with a rat in my head, when I turn I have a flashback of crashing but instead I think of bones splintering.... wicked scary..... Anyone have a trick to get rid of this "ghost"? Or will just time ease all mental wounds?
I have crashed quite a bit off road, and just a few times onroad. I find to take a easy no pressure ride up switchbacks resets my nervous twitches after I boink real hard. It kinetically tells my mind I'm going to be okay and the crash was just a single incident....

...until I do it again....
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I have been riding for over 45 years and have a lot of riding in the rain. I had a lowside last year when a car in front of me panic braked and I got on my front brake a little too hard (think antifreeze on the pavement contributed to the accident too). Now, I still flinch every time I brake on wet pavement (I also still limp from the bike slamming down on my left foot and ankle). Being older might be part of why I am the way I am now, when I was younger I used to just shrug things off. I am not sure now if I will ever get to the comfort level I used to have on wet pavement, would love to be wrong about this but I am afraid I am right. I still love to ride, just a little wary on wet pavement. Sometimes you just gotta take your lumps...
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:11 PM
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I have been riding for over 45 years and have a lot of riding in the rain. I had a lowside last year when a car in front of me panic braked and I got on my front brake a little too hard (think antifreeze on the pavement contributed to the accident too). Now, I still flinch every time I brake on wet pavement (I also still limp from the bike slamming down on my left foot and ankle). Being older might be part of why I am the way I am now, when I was younger I used to just shrug things off. I am not sure now if I will ever get to the comfort level I used to have on wet pavement, would love to be wrong about this but I am afraid I am right. I still love to ride, just a little wary on wet pavement. Sometimes you just gotta take your lumps...
I had something real simliar happen to me. Big truck pulled out in front of me and I had to emergency stop and swerving was not an option (traffic on other side of road). The road was wet and cold and I locked up the front brake on my sv650s. Bike went down and slid along on top of my left ankle.

It took about a year before the tendons full repaired and I was pain free.

Now I have abs on my '12 V-Strom and I love it. It really gives me that peace of mind that if I have to grab a hanful of brake the wheels won't lock up regardless of the road conditions. Like you, before I switched to an abs bike I would always crap myself when I had to stop quickly in the wet since the accident.
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I don't think you will find too many tires that are grippier than the stock battlewings. I don't think the tires are to blame.
I put Conti Road Attack II's on mine and was able to lap at a track day nearly the same times as their predecessors - in the rain.

Anecdotally it seems the Pilot Road 3 might last longer. I was looking at maximum wet and dry road traction and braking.

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I don't think you will find too many tires that are grippier than the stock battlewings. I don't think the tires are to blame.
I think you meant that you wont find many tires that aren't grippier than the Wings ?
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Amazing how our brains try and keep us safe..... I had one day of.my old confidence, then didn't ride for a few weeks and I am now a Sally again..... Just got to keep practicing I guess.

Tires do seem to turn in easier than the stock ones as I had read.... Here is a pic of the fron tire with the neato water grooves it has....

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I just replaced the Conti Attack II's on my bike. I got 6,000 miles on the rear tire before threads started showing. I drove this bike daily to work and on several week long trips. Rode in rain... lots of it. Lots of twistys as well.

NEVER a slip and even ground pegs a few times and they were awesome. I just want a cheaper priced tire as 6k is not much on mileage. That is two sets a year for me.

I just put on a cheaper BattleAxe. if I can get as good a handling wet weather tire for cheaper....then i am all over that.

Michellins? What kinda mileage? Premium price if they get no better mileage and do nothing drastically better than other tires out there????
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I had 16,000 miles on my original Michelin Pilot Road rear and it was still going strong when I sold the bike. A Conti Road Attack was done in 6000 miles.
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