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Oct 5th 2016, 09:50 AM   #16
 PeteN95's Avatar
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
I find Michelin's wet grip falls off less than other tires. Even after 3 hard track days, my Pilot Powers would still do wet stoppies very easily!
Oct 5th 2016, 03:41 PM   #17
 
  Jul 2016
  Clackamas

  2016 Versys 1000 2014 Versys 650 2006 KLR 650
2015 Versys...shouldn't that have ABS? My 14 did, could be wrong.
I had to adjust my suspension (front especially) on my 14. Way too stiff. Not saying this will cure the issue but both front and back should be set for you.

Pg 138, 139 of your owners manual. But tires, as listed several times, need to be addressed.

Good luck.
Oct 5th 2016, 03:47 PM   #18
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  Jan 2016
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Go run up the valley and see Optimum Performance Motorsports in Totem Lake, or give em a call 425-765-3691. they can take care of your traction issues hands down.
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Oct 8th 2016, 10:51 AM   #19
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  Jan 2016
  WA

  Lowrider S
My bike came with rain tires on it. I could break the end loose very easily. Put on Michelin PR4, and I can't tell the difference in grip when it's raining verse dry (I'm talking sane commute riding, not trying to put a knee down in the rain, lol)

I've been extremely happy with them. Several thousand miles on them, all year, no issues.
Oct 8th 2016, 01:40 PM   #20
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

just now, today, in the rain, put a set of PR4's on my Ninja. great tires. I had a set on a 690 Duke though and they did not work well. Bike was too light. Slid around a bit. For anything over 400lbs though, great tire. IMO.
Jan 8th 2017, 06:02 PM   #21
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  Jan 2016
  Portland

  2006 FZ1, 1999 R1
In wet as in snow or ice, you probably want to slide forward a little to put bite on the front tire when you turn it or brake with it. And don't use the front brake as much or at all at times. Use engine braking or rear braking to slow the bike more. You'll want all your front tire traction to be used for turning. Also, you can pull in the clutch when braking or entering a turn, especially downhill to not have the drivetrain adding push to the front end.

If it has ABS, then you may not have to worry so much about the above.

And the Michelins with the siping channels are very good sport tires that go in the rain too.
Jan 8th 2017, 07:37 PM   #22
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  1987 FZR 1000
Another. Vote for PR4's. Back to back comparisons to both Q3's and Pilot Sports. Best cold/wet weather tire I've found.
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