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post #1 of 16 Old 10-12-2017, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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A thought about New tires and changing weather conditions.

On Tuesday I had a set of Anlas M&S rated ("winter") tires put on my bike. I rode home and other than the weird feeling you get when replacing worn out tires with new ones they felt pretty normal.

Yesterday (Wednesday) it rained all day up here, sometimes quite heavily and was coolish out. Of course I did my normal 100 mile round trip to work and back on the bike. By the time I got home from work it was about 37 f, +3c.

I had my Traction Control (TC) in setting 2, which I think of as a rain mode as it allows the least amount of wheel-spin. I noticed that yesterday I got a lot of ABS kicking in and TC light coming on in first, second and unusually also in third gear. I thought the tires must not be nearly as good as I was used to as normally I would only see so much TC and ABS action when there are icy conditions.

When I listened to the late local (Toronto) news the Police were on commenting there had been over 30 (car, bus and truck) crashes out there, several quite serious, and that everyone should take it easy. It wasn't my tires... it was just really slippery out.

I think bottom line is that we had a very mild September and early October and it is easy to forget at how slippery things can get when the weather gets cooler, especially when it is wet out.

Ride carefully!

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Do those tires have the snowflake mark on the side? I would certainly consider them if they do, the QC regulations require the snowflake between Dec 15th to March 15th, and I have yet to see a m/c tire with that marking.
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I assume you have the Winter Grip Plus tire?
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Have a set of chains for mine. Wide World of Sports you other than wet behine the ears remember the motorcycles racing on ice I bet.The spikes would hurt big time if you fell and were hit by them!! Wet leaves seem so slick,bad as ice IMO.
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While waiting for V-Tom to answer Vanislejay's "snowflake" question (how do they pick which young "snowflake"'s photo to put on there?), just letting OTR know that they still race with spikes here in Washington State. Short track, indoors. They also ice-race small bikes and trikes without chains or spikes. More humorous than actual racing, without traction help. Some may have siping done to the tires or something on that order, because once in a while, one vehicle will outclass all the others. Still fun to watch.
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i noticed there was a S&M indication on my Shinko's. I don't ride in snow intentionally and not sure the CHP would let me pass on the motorcycle. Come to think of it, I avoid mud too. What a wuss! I'm so ashamed of me!
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My Anakee Wild tires have M+S on the side. I would never ride them in snow though, or even below freezing.
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Do those tires have the snowflake mark on the side? I would certainly consider them if they do, the QC regulations require the snowflake between Dec 15th to March 15th, and I have yet to see a m/c tire with that marking.
Yes Anlas "winter grip plus" and they do have M+S ratings. Pete's Superbike in Montreal sells them and I am sure can confirm they are valid in Quebec. (By th way they are very expensive.)

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Yes Anlas "winter grip plus" and they do have M+S ratings. Pete's Superbike in Montreal sells them and I am sure can confirm they are valid in Quebec. (By th way they are very expensive.)

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Thanks Tom. FYI plenty of tires have M+S ratings but no snowflake symbol and that is the winter requirement here. These look like they have siping, so they might have the rating needed.

I have ridden below freezing on regular tires plenty, Ice and snow are not as fun, but Montreal is pretty good for keeping the streets from getting iced up except on the worst days. I could probably ride at least 50% of the time here safely and on dry pavement even on standard tires. I just can't legally do it. I'll give Pete's a call to find out. I have Pilot Road 4s on my SV, I am used to paying the price for good tires.

I certainly agree with being careful when it gets colder and tires take longer to warm up. I broke the back end of my SV loose twice on the same turn last night from nudging the throttle up a bit too hard. All summer the tires held that same corner just fine.
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I just called Pete's, they told me that they have the snow flake, and they would be about $400 CDN for a set if I pick them up.

Contemplating it...
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