Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Marissa, IL (Southern IL)
Need to follow up on my earlier post to clarify what I have confirmed. As several have said the arrow on the City Grip is ROTATIONAL not directional. I now have the tire on backwards.
After two calls to Michelin yield conflicting answers the third finally was with a tech I think knew what he was talking about. He confirmed the tire as I now have it is WRONG. He said the issue with the incorrect rotation was not structural but rather dynamic. The only downside to the incorrect rotation was on wet roads. He said the front tire's tread was intended to rotate with the Vs point in to allow the tire to "cut" the water as apposed to "disperse" it. He said if the front tire dispersed the water it could hamper the disbursement of the rear tire that has the treads pointing out. This make little sense to me but I guess I will defer to the experts. I ask three times about safety with the incorrect rotation and he reiterated it would only be a factor in rain.
BUT, I still have a problem. Installed correctly I find this tire totally unsuitable and possibly unsafe. I have hearing loss and wear normally wear hearing aids. This tire is so loud on my K9 I have had to stop wearing them when I ride and it is still very annoyingly loud even with my poor hearing. But even worse than that is its ability to cause the bike to over-steer. Anytime cornering (especially under 45 mph) I must add a very noticeable amount of back-pressure against the turn direction. Left unchecked the turn will continue to tighten at an alarming rate. I thought I would get use to this but instead it drives me nuts. I can't live with it!
So whats the suggestion? I rarely ride in rain but it has happened about 3 times in 32,000 miles. (Yea, I am a fair weather rider.) Do I just let it alone and ride or take it off, toss it and pay for another new tire?
So many highways,
So little time.........
2009 650 Executive
Dark Side Ponteza
Clearview Large w/vent
Oznium LED Turn Indicator
RAM Garmin Mount
Last edited by raymacke; 04-07-2017 at 09:13 PM.