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post #1 of 36 Old 06-20-2011, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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How to vaporize a stock front tire.....

813 kms at 120-140km/hr will reduce the tread to 1/16"....hope I make it home, I still have 800kms to go...maybe I should try slowing down...

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That's not all that fast... are you also running the front tire at half the recommended pressure?

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813 kms at 120-140km/hr will reduce the tread to 1/16"....hope I make it home, I still have 800kms to go...maybe I should try slowing down...
Are you sure that's not 8130Km?

I have 12,000Km on my front and regularly do 120 indicated. (110 actual) on a Vee.

Sounds very sus to me.

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That's not all that fast... are you also running the front tire at half the recommended pressure?
Low pressure was my 1st thought too.

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Changed mine at 20000 km. Rear was changed at 15777 km. Mostly road use at 110/140 km/h two up + baggage. I'm 95 kg and wife 75 kg. (Strom 1000)

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Pressure was checked before I left-but I will double check it before leaving this am 36/40 if I recall correctly...,will check manual to be sure- Thanks

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Pressure was checked before I left-but I will double check it before leaving this am 36/40 if I recall correctly...,will check manual to be sure- Thanks
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813 kms at 120-140km/hr will reduce the tread to 1/16"....hope I make it home, I still have 800kms to go...maybe I should try slowing down...
I commute at much higher speed than that, and my front would have lasted a good 20,000km, but I replaced it at 16 or so... I have 14,000km on my second front (battlewing) and it still looks new.

It's definitely not a speed issue, but a temperature issue.
Even low air pressure wouldn't wear it that fast (?)

Was the tire brand new and you rode for 800 or so kms in one stretch?
If so, it's your fault: new tires need to be heat-cycled to achieve their maximum grip and longevity; warm it up, cool it down, repeat 3 or times. (I'm surprised at how few people (tire dealers included) know about that.
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new tires need to be heat-cycled to achieve their maximum grip and longevity; warm it up, cool it down, repeat 3 or times. (I'm surprised at how few people (tire dealers included) know about that.
apparently none of the manufacturers know about heat cycling either for street tires

can't find one mention on any of the major tire manufacturers websites



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