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View Poll Results: Does your Wee/Vee tires have chicken strips?
Yes, I'd never think of leaning that far over 78 39.59%
Yes, but I can't figure out how to get rid of them 68 34.52%
No, I'm a regular knee-dragging canyon carver on my Strom 45 22.84%
No, I ride the dark side 6 3.05%
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post #1 of 100 Old 04-14-2013, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone NOT have "chicken strips"??

Piggy-backing from the 'how to not panic in a turn' thread, I just want to see if any Strom riders really push the edge with their typical street riding.

I suppose I never took my sportier YZF's/CBR's all the way to the edge, but after a few recent rides on my Wee where I thought I was leaning it pretty far over, turns out I still had about 1cm of tire left. Anyone regularly wear out their whole tire?

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post #2 of 100 Old 04-14-2013, 05:32 PM
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I have a belt-sander and centerstand.

My chicken strips are gone.

So are my feelers.

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post #3 of 100 Old 04-14-2013, 05:33 PM
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Garandman does, but on the track.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s

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post #4 of 100 Old 04-14-2013, 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by greywolf View Post
Garandman does, but on the track.
Yeah, you'd kill yourself on the sand and gravel in the turns on New England roads.

-Tom (DL650AL2) (KA1TOX) (E-I-E-I-O)

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post #5 of 100 Old 04-14-2013, 05:51 PM
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I dont know with other tires, but with PR3 you scrape the feelers before the last 5mm of rear tire usable zone.
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post #6 of 100 Old 04-14-2013, 06:37 PM
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BT023s and the rear has 1/4". Front has 3/8-1/2. Drag and fold pegs and still, it's as close as it gets. I'm not a racer, but I like making sparks.
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bt 023

well you can see em but they're scuffed
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post #8 of 100 Old 04-14-2013, 07:22 PM
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Some tires and riding styles will make it hard to get rid of chicken strips.

2012 DL1000 Adventure (Tinkerbell)
PC-V, TRE, CR8EIX , ECM, K&N, RDL, PR4, PC-8, EB H4, WERKS, Madstad 22", 17/43 gearing, AdventureTech: Fork brace, shelf, mirror extenders, SpeedoDRD, wheel spacer, Head's-Up voltage monitor, Goldwing pegs, Sonic 1.1, Wolo Bad Boy, ExTuff Helmet Hook.
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post #9 of 100 Old 04-14-2013, 07:29 PM
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About as close as I'm willing to get on the OEM trailwings. I do hang off a bit though.

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post #10 of 100 Old 04-14-2013, 07:38 PM
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I was always under the impression "Chicken Strips" refers to having a flat strip down the middle of the rear tire because you were to "chicken" to lean it over and keep a round profile on the tires. (of course this also happens if you put on loads of highway miles). But it seems many people refer to the outermost rubber mold fingers as chicken strips. In other words, you don't lean the bike over far enough to wear off the rubber doohickies.

Is there a universally accepted definition? Or maybe I was always wrong about my definition.

(a little googling and apparently I'm the only one that thinks the worn middle area is the chicken strip).

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