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Old 11-05-2019, 08:04 PM   #1
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Sticky rear tire for winter

Hey guys and gals. Really in need of recommendations on super sticky tires for these cold winter months. Doesn't have to be some serious rain tread or anything. Just looking for the best grip for "spirited" riding.

I'm running the Dunlop Roadsmart 3's which work great in the summer and have good longevity but they don't even have good straight line grip even after riding 20+ minutes.
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Old 11-06-2019, 02:44 AM   #2
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Testing out the road attack 3 in the 30’s this weekend, I’ll report back
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Old 11-06-2019, 04:32 AM   #3
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S21s, I bought them in the fall after my ST tires were a little sketchy once it dropped below 50.

Ended up only running them year round, would get about 4k out of a rear, and they do work well in the rain and cold.
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Old 11-06-2019, 05:14 AM   #4
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Dunlop, Michelin, and Bridgestone all make tires in 3-tier sets, just like in racing. Soft, medium, and hard. Softer tires will be stickier in general. eg Michelin Power RS, Bridgestone RS10, etc.

Also pressure has a lot to do with it. They will all be stickier at 28 psi than 42. (measured cold)

But all that aside, the particulars of the road surface and your speed and riding style/attitude will play a much larger role in how much they slide at any given moment than the tire itself. Adjust according to conditions, and be aware that the conditions are constantly changing, sometimes within seconds and a few feet of road surface.
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Old 11-06-2019, 05:15 AM   #5
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Dunlop Q3 for me.
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Old 11-06-2019, 06:38 AM   #6
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My first Road 5 rear began its life in chilly, monsoon weather. Excellent grip in the cold.

Spooning on another for this weekend's trip. Power RS up front.
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Old 11-06-2019, 06:48 AM   #7
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My first Road 5 rear began its life in chilly, monsoon weather. Excellent grip in the cold.

Spooning on another for this weekend's trip. Power RS up front.
My vote for an excellent combo.
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Old 11-06-2019, 07:53 AM   #8
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I guess it depends on your definition of winter. Around here -
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Old 11-06-2019, 09:39 AM   #9
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I usually put on a set of Michelin Pilot Road whatever the number is that year for winter. You're not too far north of me and those tires work great for our PNW winters and roads in the winters. Once spring hits I put on Dunlop Q whatever the number is for that year. Usually the Michelins are good for two winters, Dunlops only one summer season.

I haven't put on my Road 5's yet (they dropped Pilot from the name this year) but it's about a month after needing too, it's chilly during commuting times and the Dunlops aren't a fan in the cold sub 50/60 degree weather.
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Dunlop, Michelin, and Bridgestone all make tires in 3-tier sets, just like in racing. Soft, medium, and hard. Softer tires will be stickier in general. eg Michelin Power RS, Bridgestone RS10, etc.

Also pressure has a lot to do with it. They will all be stickier at 28 psi than 42. (measured cold)

But all that aside, the particulars of the road surface and your speed and riding style/attitude will play a much larger role in how much they slide at any given moment than the tire itself. Adjust according to conditions, and be aware that the conditions are constantly changing, sometimes within seconds and a few feet of road surface.
Todays tires are spectacular.

And in the end, it's going to be the rider. Put Rossi on a street bike with some old bias ply tires and he's gonna dust a street rider on the latest uber bike with the stickiest tires.

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Old 11-06-2019, 11:51 AM   #11
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Power front, Road rear. All year, all weather, all the time. Party on.
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Old 11-06-2019, 12:08 PM   #12
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[quote=jared p;2797777]I usually put on a set of Michelin Pilot Road whatever the number is that year for winter. You're not too far north of me and those tires work great for our PNW winters and roads in the winters. Once spring hits I put on Dunlop Q whatever the number is for that year. Usually the Michelins are good for two winters, Dunlops only one summer season.

Lol no Canuk here Jared. I'm a Washingtonian same as you. I live in Vancouver Washington. You know, down here by the sh!t hole known as Portland Oregon... I was up in Seattle this last weekend visiting family.

Grommet, always appreciate your input. I definitely understand riding should be adjusted constantly due to road surfaces, temp, moisture, etc. Which is why I'm needing a super soft tire just to help with all that since the RS3's don't "transition" too well. I've dropped rear tire pressure down to 32 which has helped at least.

OldJeep, to me it's unfortunate, but we don't get anywhere enough ice or snow to need all that. Looks fun though... Well, not the initial setup lol.

Thanks for all the input so far. Gives me some research to do which I thoroughly enjoy for some weird reason lol.
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Old 11-06-2019, 05:52 PM   #13
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Power front, Road rear. All year, all weather, all the time. Party on.
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After some mileage I’m going to say don’t go Continental for cold weather, once they warm up they’re fantastic but they can be unpredictable until then. Had two full on tail wagging slides this morning riding in the 30’s. Once when they were cold and one when I was riding and stuck behind a car and got clear road.
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Old 11-09-2019, 11:25 AM   #15
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After some mileage I’m going to say don’t go Continental for cold weather, once they warm up they’re fantastic but they can be unpredictable until then. Had two full on tail wagging slides this morning riding in the 30’s. Once when they were cold and one when I was riding and stuck behind a car and got clear road.
Noted! Tail wags have been my issue with the RS3's or just straight up rolling burnouts lol. Definitely interesting to clutch my gen 1 at 60 and smoke the tire after riding for 20+ minutes down the highway.

Thanks Will
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Old 11-11-2019, 08:44 AM   #16
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Road 5 grips asphalt....hot, cold, dry, wet, whatever. Up in the mountains this weekend and confirmed. If you want budget, then a PR2 still does a PDG job too.
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Lol no Canuk here Jared. I'm a Washingtonian same as you. I live in Vancouver Washington. You know, down here by the sh!t hole known as Portland Oregon... I was up in Seattle this last weekend visiting family.
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I apologize for the incorrect assumption, at least you're in the lesser of the two evils. Conveniently, same weather in both Vancouvers. Road 5 is a solid choice, it's expensive, but worth it for the longevity, great mileage and rideability. It'll work well for all the Carson Cougar Washougal loop riding on those sunny winter days we get.
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