"Cold tearing." Never thought of that aspect, just the drop off in traction.Besides the possible damage to your FiST from unintended spontaneous rally driving, your tires will suffer. The rubber of soft compound "summer only" tires will crack when stressed in temperatures below 40°F. It is quite common for soft motorcycle tires to crack pretty quickly during a quick spin in during the nippy days.
I'm in NC and found the limits of the tires already. I have another topic on this forum about driving in cold wet conditions and with the spare tire on. This is not a great combo, as I was able to get the rear end to step out on me in normal driving. I still don't have any intentions of buying winter tires, but I was surprised that the suspension was tuned to be that on-edge. If you are in cold weather, just expect reduced performance. If you are in icy weather, which we seem to get every third year or so, expect a handful.Before you wouldn't change out the OE "summer" tires? In cold weather that is. The Goodyear guy at the EcoBoost Challenge indicated that such a thing wouldn't be necessary in North Carolina. Thoughts? Opinions (infomred or otherwise)? Professional advice?
A week after I posted this, we get the worst ice storm in recent history. lol. I jinxed myself me thinks!I live in North Texas. It gets pretty cold here at times believe it or not. It does sleet. snow and ice here a few times a year. I just don't/won't drive on those days. lol.