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I just put a new set of Michelin Power Pure on my SMT 990 and I have mixed feelings about it. I'd be curious to know if anybody who tried them on a 990 shares my views?

They are supposed to be much lighter than other 2 compound tires and to allow faster steering. I must say that I was indeed impressed by how nimble the bike became. The slightest pressure on the handle bar makes the bike lean, it demands much less effort to enter into a tight bend and it’s a lot of fun to flip the bike back and forth in successions of left right curves.

However I find that in fast curves the bike wobbles and is quite unstable, too sensitive to the slightest movement. I am not sure if it’s my imagination but I also have the impression that even at normal speeds, the handling with a passenger in the back is much less stable and securing. I was riding with my 15 y.o. son in the back today and whenever he moved a bit I felt it more than before I had the Power Pures.

In a sense I feel like they are less forgiving and require a more precise piloting, i.e. when readjusting the lean angle one needs to be more careful / subtle than with other tires.

Is it just me? I read great reviews all over the web but I wonder if they are intended for a super moto (I assume most reviews were on sport bikes).

All of this being said I find their grip to be really great. When the tire skids e.g. on a white line, the feeling is much softer and progressive than with the original mount.

Mana
 

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Can't help you much mate but since I've had my pilot powers on board (not pures) I found the same thing, very sensitive steering on fast long curves. Not a problem now as I've got used to them. I did once consider a steering damper at one stage:rolleyes:
 

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These tryes are standard fitment on 06 berg 650sm got 3000miles out of the rear,
the front look like new as it tends to spend most of the time airbourne:eek:
 

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Well, I've been googling and found several folks on a french SD forum sharing my experience. I'll see if I get used to it, may change for Sportmax if I don't.
 
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