Main Motorcycle: 2012 Scrambler
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Other Motorcycle: 2016 Indian Springfield
Extra Motorcycle: Royal Enfield Bullet 500
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Yep. Well said.
I rode mine till there was nothing left....about 9,500 miles. They don't grip the best but that was when I was pushing them in the corners. The front definitely vibrated once it started cupping. No doubt, there are MUCH better performing tires out there. They are not possessed. The compound is just a bit lacking. The whole "Death Wing" thing is played out and not really too funny any more. If it's causing you consternation and you like a 80/20, 70/30 type tire, slap some Tourances or Anakee 2's on 'er and carry on.
Actually no, I haven't. Like said, I was only able to get a couple short rides in before the snow just to get a sense of the bike. I haven't even scratched the surface.
That's why I'm asking now. I'd rather learn from someone else's experience and switch them out now rather than have the bike slide out from under me while leaning into a corner or crossing a line in the road.
Basically I'm just trying to determine whether what I have read before really is a serious safety issue or just people verbalizing about a set of tires that just underperform. If the latter, I can live with that until they wear out. I hope that makes sense...
Wouldn't you feel the tires approaching their limit of adhesion as you lean further?
Like I said, the tires are not great by any means, and that's why I don't ride very aggressively right now. That being said, they're not so horrendous that they need immediate replacement, at least for me. I definitely won't replace them with the same, of course.
I agree with the earlier statement about the deathwing thing being overplayed. I have scraped pegs on my Scrambler several times and the bike never slipped in the process. I did slip when I rolled hard on the throttle on a right turn leaving a rolling stop sign. They are knobbies. They aren't going to handles as well as 100% road tires but they are more than good enough.
I will change to something else when the time comes because I almost never leave the pavement. I was thinking about going with 100% road tires just because that is where I spend most of my time and they will last longer. Comparing knobbies to sport bike tires is not quite fair.
Have you ever driven a jeep with off road tires. In the rain they will lock up in a heart beat. If they knobs are big enough they will lock up in the dry if you are over aggressive.
If you are riding in the wet initiate braking with the back brake and be a little more careful. Don't be afraid of the front brake.
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