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Tried Kumho once -- never again
Posted by vvk (more from vvk) on Fri, 4 May 2018 18:55:11

In Reply to: Re: Totally right. Funny how it works, Snowmobile [Profile/Gallery] , Fri, 4 May 2018 12:01:34
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> For a summer/AS tire in normal highway/city use, dry conditions are
> basically irrelevant, as you would have to be driving really fast to hit any performance limits.

Not quite. I have two examples.

I once put a set of highly rated Kumho tires on my NG900S. The tires had psitive reviews on TireRack. Immediately I felt that they were dangerously low on traction. The car was all over the road, even in dry conditions. I eventually got into an accident because I could not stop at all coming down hill with road surface probably grimy from cars stopping at that stop waiting for a left turn. I immediately swapped them for a set of Michelins, which made the car drive like a dream in all conditions.

The second example was a set of Bridgestone Driveguards on my BMW 3-series. The car was extremely unstable with these tires. It was a very heavy car, a convertible, so I think the tires were just not suited for a heavy rear wheel drive car. Going around sweeping curves on the higway the car felt terrible at anything above 50 mph. The final straw was when I almost lost it going around a curve on a local road, with the car fishtailing on perfectly dry surface. I immediately put a set of Michelins on it and everything was superb after that. With the Michelins the car was extremely stable at any speed, terrific traction and superior handling in all conditions.

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