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Run some decent tires for twisties. You will sleep easier at night knowing you are using a "better" tire for the job. Can you use a sport touring tire for hard twisties? Sure, but there is a better option. If you have the funds an want to increase your confidence and skill set, the correct step is to get your preffered street/sport tire. There are many options. Do your research.
I've done my share of shenanigans on the street, but there is a time and place for things. Track is the best option for pushing your abilities and bike but some times it's okay to push yourself a little and enjoy yourself in the twisty bits.
I commute far more on my bike then I ride canyons, so the sport touring types work best for me. The continentals work good enough for the canyons, you just can't really push them too hard. If I only rode weekends and could afford new tires every 3-4k I'd definitely put something stickier on them but with a 40 mile round trip commute daily, they wouldn't last long.
Again, my perception is that the OP was not riding hard enough for the difference between a sport-touring vs a street/sport tire to matter. I don't think he should be chalking his experiences up to his tires, or feel that he doesn't have adequate equipment to support his riding practice.
Had an interesting experience on my last trip to Palomar. A friend and I were at the end of a longish east country ride - out the 94, across to Pine Valley, Julian, Wynola Road, Mesa Grande, then up the backside of Palomar and we stopped at the top at Mother's. There was a semi heading past us, and I didn't see which way it went, so I wanted to give it plenty of time to get down in front of us if need be.
So after about five minutes, a nice BMW R1200RT comes down from the observatory, nicely attired ATGATT rider, and heads down the mountain. I mention to my friend that I hope he doesn't get caught up behind the truck, we wait another few minutes, and then head down south grade.
I swear we weren't a quarter of the way down the mountain (it's seven miles) before we come up on the BMW rider toddling his way down. He kindly moved over for me and I blew by his R1200RT - on my 1987 K100RS.
Can't imagine what he was thinking - we were *not* going fast, and he hadn't stopped to take a picture or anything (it took my friend awhile to get past him, and he reported he was just that slow). Props for riding his ride and staying in his comfort zone, but THAT bike with THAT rider going THAT slow, it was just funny. Then to be passed by a 25-year-old specimen...
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