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Well yesterday was not a good riding day - for many reasons. But the main one was the rolling fall on grass. I was taking my bike out for a quick spin before our weather stops me from riding for at least the next 15 days. Pulled out of my shop on to our now dead grass to swing around to my pass through to the driveway. It's basically a really big easy U turn. I was looking at the opening to my pass through (over my right shoulder) and easing along in 1st gear. Next thing I know I'm on the ground with the bike on top of me. My right leg is pinned under the bike and the air cleaner has landed square on my right knee. My right shoulder and elbow hurt like a son of a gun. I reach up and turn the bike off. My husband comes looking for me in a few minutes and pulled the bike off of me. Nothing broken but I'm badly bruised. I jump back on the bike with blood dripping down my arm and out the sleeve of my jacket. I picked the grass out of my helmet and we took off. We road for about 15 miles before the wind picked up too much and we came home.

So here's my question. Those Scorchers have like no tread in my opinion. Is there an alternative for the front and rear tires on the 2014 XL883L Superlow that have better tread? Did I go down because of the slick dead grass or something else (operator error)? I can buy into me doing something small that caused the fall. I had control of the clutch (kind of like a friction test) and did not have my hand on the brake. I was using very little throttle.

I'm not giving up this easy but I do think I need an engine guard. /hangs head in shame/
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If the grass was damp it acts like ice. Even a little throttle will spin the tires easily. I doubt it was the tires unless they are bald.
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Metzeler ME880s.

I'm not impressed by the Scorcher tyres on my 1200CB either (not the same tyres that you've got: crossplies rather than radials). On the other hand I'd be wary of any tight maneuver on slick grass.

Sorry to hear about your spill. I hope your bruises heal quickly.
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I have had quite a few close calls on grass.
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Our grass just died out in the last few days since we've had freezing temps. I live on a small ranch and my grass is buffalo grass. When it dries out it can get slick. Even walking in leather soles is slippery.

This was my first ride over the grass since it died. I thought I was being careful but obviously I was not. I'm just not going to let this stuff defeat me. I will master riding this bike.

Thanks Folkie. I will heal. I will see my doc on Wednesday.
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Get yourself to a big parking lot where the store is closed and practice over and over again the slow speed moves. This is where most folks crash so practice, practice practice.

Have you taken a beginners motorcycle safety course? if not I highly recommend it.
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I have completed and passed my Motorcycle Safety Course (in August). We drive into town to practice on several parking lots (none are big empty ones - small town). I practice turns, stopping, slow speed maneuvers, etc. We also drive through our local park that has speed bumps, lots of turns in the road and a dead end.

All of driving includes a lot of wind up to 50 mph cross winds (the joys of living in the Texas Panhandle). I can have tail winds, head winds and cross winds in one ride. I don't mean to ride in high winds but it happens before you know it around here.
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You're right about the grass and tread and it's not your skill
at fault. I've used similar tires on other bikes and ride part time
on the same model you ride. So there are places we can't go; like
ice, oil, fresh piles of paving gravel, and it's good to avoid
sand and dirt piles on a paved road. The superlow does have an advantage
over some bikes due to a low center of gravity and our superlow came with
a crash bar which I like. I plan to enjoy wearing out the stock
tires except for the places to not go.
ps. the fresh gravel got me once!
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I do understand the gravel, oil, sand and other nasties. Gravel is a fact of life out here so I have become extremely vigilant. I power walk at stops to move over piles of gravel.

I will now add my dry grass to the list of hazards. We may not be riding much for the next several weeks or maybe months.

In the meantime, I will keep the tires for the moment and invest in a crash bar/engine guard. At least I won't get pinned again hopefully.

If anyone has suggestions for tires, I'm all ears.

Thank you all for your support. Being a new rider at 57 is humbling. My bumps and bruises will heal in time.
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Metzler 880s, as Folkie suggested. Michelin CommanderIIs, very similar characteristics. There are no street tires that won't scare the crap out of you on grass, tho. lol Heck, even full knob dirt tires will give you a good pucker on grass, if you're not paying attention.
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