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post #1 of 16 Old 12-01-2008, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Best tires for wet pavement?

Hello everybody,
I am new to the forum. I just recently bought a 09 KLR. Got a little over 1000 miles on it. I live in Florida and was wondering which tires are the best in the rain? I drive all year around and in the summer I will have to drive through heavy rain pretty much every day on the way home from work. I do 99.95% street riding. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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post #2 of 16 Old 12-01-2008, 04:16 PM
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You'll get a lot of responses to this, but I ride about the same street/dirt ratio as you and it rains here a lot, too. I have an 08 and when the tires need to be changed I will probably be getting Avon Venoms.

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Are you still on your stock tires?
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Yeah, still on the stockers. Nice tires, actually. But I don't need the knobs.




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How are those in the rain? I got lucky so far and did not get wet yet. The winter in FL does not produce that much rain.
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The stockers are good in the rain. Surprisingly good. BUT...not as good as street tires would be and I sometimes like to take corners fairly...um...not-unagressively?




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best tires for wet pavement

Susanne, just two cents from north ga.
I commute 40mi round trip, and get rained on occaissionally. In my opinion the stock tires were decent in the wet (and dry for that matter). When they wore out, I changed the rear at 2k mi to Avon's Distanzia, then the friont was needed and changed at abot 4k mi., also a Distanzia.
Now with 8k mi on they are both in good condition and I do like the way they
work on paved and gravel roads I travel.
They are very pavement biased. While pretty good on gravel, I can say they don't work well in wet red clay.
The avon are mid priced when compared to quite a list of available brands for the klr.
Keep in mind when selecting your choice of rubber that there are lots of tires out there to pick from. Most of them are going to be pretty good. If you do mostly paved roads, you can choose from a list of bias ratings. You may have seen tires listed with 50/50 street/dirt, or 90/10, 60/40 etc.
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rainy tires?

I've been lurking on ADV for quite a while and the consensus I've picked up is the AVON Gripsters for a superb slab tire, including rain.
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Welcome aboard Susanne.

No no, don't PM when sharing discussion. That keeps the rest of us from learning.

I agree with the Avon Gripsters but just installed Avon Distanzia, front & rear, for the winter. Hopefully they will perform well on wet surfaces.

In May I plan on changing to a more agressive tire for a Utah trip where I plan on riding some off-road (I usually ride 99.5% road) to experience the Nevada mountains, dirt/gravel roads around the Great Salt Lake, and hopefully some Utah red dirt. I am considering the TKC80 though might go back to the Gripster since I won't be riding any wet off-road.

Have we discussed tire air pressure, no, and that is important as tire selection.

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