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BE WARNED: these tires are only for the fair weather rider
These are the stock tires that come on my 2008 sv650sf and they are absolute garbage in wet weather or cold weather conditions. Add those two elements together and you'll be crashing you bike. Currently I put 2k miles on them after buying my bike used with about 4k already on them. This year they reached the 6 year mark and I figured they were too old to continue safe use and now I'm getting PR3's (tires get harder with age and thus lose grip).
So here's why I'm taking my time writing this review: I almost binned my bike/killed myself with these tires riding a couple days ago (august) in the wet at about 60 degrees. I was going 25mph around a exit off the highway when I felt a familiar greasy feeling that means these tires were reaching their grip limit. I stayed on the throttle and continued the turn in order to keep grip however there was a red light at the end of the turn because the lane merges onto a busy 45mph two lane road. So I straighten out the bike and ease on the front brake when my front tire loses grip (should've just use the rear, live and learn). I was already on edge from that scary turn so I immediately let go of the brake and the bike re-grips and nearly threw me off the bike which caused me to gun the throttle and hit the rev limiter (also had clutch in thankfully because I was covering it). I then coast off onto the side of the road, shaken but seeing the cars pass by I realized how lucky I was to not be getting run over from cross traffic. NO tire should make you feel unstable in these conditions at 25mph with a lean angle less than the stand angle.
Also worth noting that before the close call these tires felt horrible even around town in the wet. I had previously dropped my bike going about 10 mph turning into a gas station which is why I recognized that greasy feeling because these tires will slide out with little warning. Originally I thought it was because I hit an oil patch but after reading reviews on svrider.com and other forums I now understand these tires are worthless unless you're strictly a 0% chance of rain and >80degrees type of rider. If you're not STAY AWAY!
As for hot weather they are o.k. but you won't feel very stable on them because unless you're granny on the throttle you'll be squaring these tires off fairly quickly. However, I have taking these tires around Gold Mine Road in Pa which offers some extreme turns and they got me around. That being said they still won't help your confidence in turn so I can't recommend these tires. The only good thing about these tires is that (based on other reviews I've read) they'll last you 15k miles.
August 19, 2013
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