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Best tire for street and rain?

I did a tire search but couldn't get no satisfaction. I am about to get two new tires for my DL650ABS and want some opinions on what brand tire has good results on the interstate and wet conditions. The only dirt riding I do on the 650 is hard dirt roads, seldom mud. I have a 250XL for the nasty stuff. Thanks.

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Metzler Tourances have been working great for me!

Good street handling and they like hard pack dirt. They don't enjoy mud or loose stuff so much though but if you know that in advance you can deal with pretty much everything with them. Best part is that they last a good long while.

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I had Bridgestone Battlewing on the back and really liked it. Felt solid in the rain, and super grippy. My only gripe was that when you get it pretty hot (85+ on the interstate with luggage on a hot day), the rubber balls up and it wears quicker.

I'm running Tourances now, and haven't had any issues at all in the rain. But they are sure not the tire to have for clay mud.
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I'm running Tourances now, and haven't had any issues at all in the rain. But they are sure not the tire to have for clay mud.
Mine filled in all the tread with mud and made a cool looking slick. And it was slick too cause down I went LOL

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Mine filled in all the tread with mud and made a cool looking slick. And it was slick too cause down I went LOL
I doubt if anthing short of agressive self-clearing knobbies are good for sticky mud.

While I currently have Pirelli Scorpion Sync S/Ts, and they are great handling, sticky tires when warm, I'd have to say they are not very good in cool, wet conditions. The Metzeler Tourances are the tire that has impressed me most in terms of wet traction, and were also very good in the dry and gave a good ride. They did seem prone to wear somewhat quickly in high temps (like 90+), however.

Can't say the Battlewings(edit: not Battlewings, Trailwings), Scorpions S/Ts or Tourances have differed much in the miles they've returned - the roads around here are lacking in twisties, and my summer tours inevitably involve a bunch of superslab droning which tends to square tires off, regardless of brand.

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I really punished the Battlewing I had on the twisties. It was only a few miles to State 4 from my house in Los Alamos, and it was my preferred ride. You get about 50 miles of turns and corners and I was, for better or worse, good at riding that road. That's probably why mine wore so well, haha. I managed about 8500 miles on the Battlewing.
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I've been very happy with the Michelin Pilot Roads. The only time I've lost grip was on a very cold night and they weren't warmed up yet. I take it pretty easy when it's raining though, so I don't personally know their limits when wet, but they get good reviews for wet traction.

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I ended up with a BW501 Front and a 021 in the rear....Both are very predictable either in the wet or the dry. Tractions limits are very good even with minimal warm up. I'd still be using the 020 front if they made them.

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I did a tire search but couldn't get no satisfaction. I am about to get two new tires for my DL650ABS and want some opinions on what brand tire has good results on the interstate and wet conditions. The only dirt riding I do on the 650 is hard dirt roads, seldom mud. I have a 250XL for the nasty stuff. Thanks.
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I did a tire search but couldn't get no satisfaction. I am about to get two new tires for my DL650ABS and want some opinions on what brand tire has good results on the interstate and wet conditions. The only dirt riding I do on the 650 is hard dirt roads, seldom mud. I have a 250XL for the nasty stuff. Thanks.
I'm also about to get new tires, here is my short list:

# 1. Continental Conti Road Attack or there Conti Trail Attack Attachment 3963 (deeper tread, should last longer and is there "Dual Purpose" tire)
# 2. Avon Azaro ST Attachment 3966 up front & Avon Storm ST Attachment 3967 for the rear
# 3. Metzeler Tourance Attachment 3968

Lot's of choices and opinions when it comes to tires - good luck.


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