Brake fluid and tires don't mix
Recently, I had a busted from brake line that leaked fluid onto my front fender and tire. I thought I had cleaned it all up but when I went out this morning I was in for a rude awakening. I took a corner out of my neighborhood nice and slow since it was cold out and my tires weren't warmed up yet. Well, that didn't seem to matter much because the front end lost traction and slipped out from underneath me. So, the bike is going to be in the shop now for what appears to be mostly cosmetic damage.
I had crash bars approved by the wife as a Christmas gift this year. I guess I shouldn't have waited. So, take this as a precautionary tale and get those crash bars on. If I had my bike wouldn't be in the shop right now.
Lastly, I obviously want to prevent such a mishap in the future. When the brake fluid got on my tire I did clean it up with a soapy cloth, but obviously missed a spot or didn't do a good job. So I have two questions ...
What's the best method / product to use for cleaning your tires when you know you've got something on them?
Once cleaned, how can one test traction, short of low-siding like I did?
I'm fine BTW (sans bruised ego), I was wearing proper gear etc.
2009 Wee-Strom ABS