Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: California Gold Country
It's the rider. Coming back from Death Valley last fall my group took the road to Bristlecone Pine Forest outside Lone Pine, CA. If you don't know this road, it makes the famous "Dragon" look like a yardstick with tetanus, and goes up to 10,000' to boot. Anyway, starting back down the mountain my brother, a former motocrosser riding a top-heavy old Yamaha Venture full-dress tourer, took off followed by two other guys on BMW R1200GS's and me on a Suzuki GSX1100G trying to keep up. When we got to the bottom (me last, of course) there was my brother waiting for us. Filling up with gas later in Lone Pine I was admiring my minimal chicken strips, and then glanced at my brother's. Not only was there no chicken strip at all on his tires, but the shoulders where the tread meets the sidewall were rounded off!
I mentioned that he must have been leaning quite a bit, and all he said (he's very laconic) was, "Yeah, I was going pretty fast."
Yup, it's the rider.