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That is all. Radials.
My ABS engaged multiple times to/ from work yesterday in the rain. They never did on the stock tires. It rained all day, so the roads were clean on the way home and I was still sliding all over the place.

Maybe great for dual-sporting, but not for commuting.
YMMV, of course.

Maybe this will save someone's life before it gets buried in the giant tire thread.
 

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I'm on my second pair and never had any issues with them in the rain.
 

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One opinion. MMDV, of course. Seattle area, 3 sets, never a problem in the rain. Lots of riding in the rain.
 

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What pressures are you guys running?

Honestly, I want to love these tires, but terror precludes that.
On the way TO work, I had the back trigger a few times - no drama. It had just started to rain and the roads were slick.
After raining all day, on the way FROM work I triggered the front, twice, both times with very little breaking effort. Both times sliding towards the back of a car stopped in front of me which is a little scary.

Speed conservative, due to conditions. Plenty of stopping distance. Not stabbing the brakes. It just felt "wrong" -they were locking VERY easily. What am I doing wrong?

..or was I just following a leaky oil truck or something?
 

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I've kinda noticed that with the first rains of the season that most tires are crap with the oil and foam floating off the road surface. I wouldn't trust studded tires to help. More like abject fear and caution are in order. I love when a decent rain storm comes in a really washes the area clean. waters my lawn too!
 

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705s

I've never run them on my Vee, but am on my third set on my KLR 650, and will likely keep buying them for that bike. Proper tire pressure is pretty important. I have never had a concern with them in the rain. They are a lot less fun in the last 1000 miles of their life than some other tires I have used, but it is hard to argue with the cost. My buddy had them on his Wee and really didn't care for them. My thought would be that they may not be the best bet for a heavier bike.

Ride safe...
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I would surmise that it takes a lot of rain to finally wash all the auto oils from the road in the OP's area (AZ). Guys in Seattle, where it rains a lot have much less oil to deal with when it rains.
 

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I have had 4 sets on two different V Stroms.

One thing I ALWAYS thought about them was how GOOD they were in rain!

They have deep tread and when new they might feel a bit squirmy but from peg dragging to wet roads I have never had one slide on me.
 

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Were these new tires? How many miles on them?

My Full Bore's (Shinko 705 clone) were scary everywhere for the first couple hundred miles. After that found them great on the pavement wet or dry, only just a tad noisy and robbed me about 2-3 mpg. Even decent in the mud and sand considering it's a 80/20'ish tire.

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Losing big chunks of rubber from my 705's sucked, but they were great in the rain.
 

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The OP is in Pennsylvania, not AZ. Plenty of rain here.

There are about 4000 miles on these tires - mostly highway and commuting. The back is a little squared off, but there is a LOT of tread depth left. To my eyes, the front looks brand new.

Reading these replies confuses me more - again, I suspect maybe it's a pressure thing... or maybe my weight:

I'm 300# in gear and running 36 rear, 31 front having read somewhere that these should be run about 5psi lower than stock. Assuming airing down will buy me more contact patch (thus traction) is that the first thing to try?

On the plus side: the ABS is awesome!
 

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The OP is in Pennsylvania, not AZ. Plenty of rain here.

There are about 4000 miles on these tires - mostly highway and commuting. The back is a little squared off, but there is a LOT of tread depth left. To my eyes, the front looks brand new.

Reading these replies confuses me more - again, I suspect maybe it's a pressure thing... or maybe my weight:

I'm 300# in gear and running 36 rear, 31 front having read somewhere that these should be run about 5psi lower than stock. Assuming airing down will buy me more contact patch (thus traction) is that the first thing to try?

On the plus side: the ABS is awesome!
38 front and 40 rear at all times for all tires that go on my Strom, what you are doing seems too low IMHO, especially the front.
 

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Have you thought of running the Michellen PR3's? They make em in our size and I think they are amazing in the rain. Just a thought.
 

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I run tire pressure at 40/40. Regularly get 8-9k out of a rear, close to 20k on the front.
 

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I think they are fine in the rain, and as that is overwhelmingly the majority opinion here, you are clearly wrong. :fineprint:
 

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I'm running 40+ psi in my tires. I run lower pressure on my DR650 (with a tube type tire) but I don't see any need for lowering the Strom tire pressures. I weigh about 160# suited up and I seldom have the abs activate even driving like hell on the dirt roads. It may very well be a combination of weight, tire pressure and wet roads causing your abs to work rather then the tires alone.
 

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Thanks, all. I'm going to air up to ~ 40 psi and see what that buys me.

Hopefully that's the issue... tho it seems counterintuitive to me to increase traction by RAISING pressure. The collective can't be wrong!! :)
 
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