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Mar 5th, 2018 10:35 pm
black prince

This reminds me of a friend who cleaned his bike and used ArmorAll on his seat and tyres,guess what happened at the first corner
Yes! I did visit him in Hospital.
But, seriously when i put new tyres on I always clean the tyre with solvent and a brillo,3m scoring pad and give the new tyre a real good going over.
Never had problems at all.
Feb 18th, 2018 5:02 am
varollon I ran a shop in Virginia as GM for several years, and no matter what advice our Service manager gave to folks on new tires, we have people crash every year. The soap incident above is unique, but slowly scrubbing them with care is 100% a necessity. Sorry to hear of the initial posters get off.
Feb 17th, 2018 11:12 am
holycannoli I learned this lesson the hard way when in 1996, I put a new set of tires on my 95 900 SS/SP (I think they were Dunlop 364's). I rode the bike 2 miles back from the shop and parked it in the garage. The next morning I fired the bike up in below freezing temps and ended up on my ass in the first corner leaving my neighborhood. It was a hard but valuable lesson, insurance totaled the bike and it's one of the few that I still really miss.
Dec 23rd, 2017 5:17 am
Just lost it myself

Interesting to run across this thread. Wish I had about two months ago when I put a new back tire on my GSXR 750. I have been changing tires on my bikes for 25 years or more and never experienced a new tire slip. In my case I attribute it to using a far amount of soap to get that big 180 down onto the rim. I believe I had some dried soap on the tire and then drove across the front lawn which was wet from the dew and there you have the deadly combination. Never had a bike fly out from underneath me like that. That was definitely a "what the fuck" moment. Fortunately it did very little damage. The Woods frame slider took much of the damage. I put bar end wieghts/throttle lock on that are solid steel and they held up great and the yosh pipe got a little scratch. Oh the mirror got a small scuff. The brake peddle needs bent back out or replaced but all in all I was very very lucky since my wife rides that bike to the gym often and it could have been her on the bike and she could have been wearing much less. This was a big lesson learned
Dec 17th, 2017 10:46 am
mtb Honestly at around 50 deg, my experience is that sportier tires won’t get warm enough to be hard on them very easily. I rode on some Pirelli SuperCorsa SPs on my 899 in those temps once, it was like riding in the rain for the first 5 min and even then they were not gripping as well as usual. In summer I generally ride like 2 miles, then beat on them as usual with no issues.
Dec 16th, 2017 8:00 pm
Bryanc123 Personally, I've found it works best to head straight for the closest corners that will allow me to work up to using all of the available lean angle. Today in fact, I mounted up a brand new Shinko Verge front tire and headed straight for the nearest two corners just a few miles from my house. On the way over, the bike felt super sketchy which was I'm sure made worse by the tire's V shaped profile. Nevertheless, it only took about 4 times of going back and forth over the two corners until the tire was 100% ready to go full tilt. All in all, the tire was fully scrubbed in less than 5 miles doing this way; in addition, I now know it can be trusted at all lean angles from here on. From what I've experienced, the Shinko's aren't one of the quicker tires to bed in either.
Dec 16th, 2017 7:48 am
varollon Sorry to hear this. When I ran a shop in VIrginia, I used to politely request of our tech's to ride the bikes a few miles to scrub the new tires in. A few times I took a 3M scrubby to my own tires as I used to be paranoid about this exact type of crash.
Dec 6th, 2017 1:21 pm
Tire date

Had a chance to check rear tire date: 2016
Dec 6th, 2017 6:56 am
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Dec 5th, 2017 11:03 pm
TexasJeff I would like to add to the OP post to say that tires that in my experience tires that have not been ridden in a long time can exhibit similar behavior to new tires.

I have been extraordinarily busy with work this year and sometimes it is a month or more before I can get back on the bike. The tire rubber seems to oxidize a little over the period of a month or more and that first few miles seems to be somewhat slippery. I have to force myself to think and use a little caution for the first few miles until the tires get warm and rubbed off a little.
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