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Does your Wee/Vee tires have chicken strips?

  • Yes, I'd never think of leaning that far over

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  • Yes, but I can't figure out how to get rid of them

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  • No, I'm a regular knee-dragging canyon carver on my Strom

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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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I have a belt-sander and centerstand.

My chicken strips are gone.

So are my feelers.
 

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Garandman does, but on the track.:yesnod:
 

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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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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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Some tires and riding styles will make it hard to get rid of chicken strips.
 

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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.:confused:

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

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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.:confused:

(a little googling and apparently I'm the only one that thinks the worn middle area is the chicken strip).
I've always understood chicken strips to be the part of the tread nearest the sidewall that does not have wear on it. I usually don't have much there but who cares? It's all good fun to joke about but in reality it means very little.

..Tom
 

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I have "chicken strips" Only because most off the roads where I live are flat and straight... that said, I do enjoy pushing the edge as far as I can!
 

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Most of my tire changes are due to side wear to the indicators that say "Time to Buy New". I normally have sufficient tread in the middle to really make it painful to get rid of them.
 

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Street riding, yes, every bike has some virgin territory near the edges, the amount varying with the bike and it's intended use.

Track riding, it's all getting used, every last millimeter.
 

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I have eliminated the chicken strips on a Strom, I stopped using Anakees because I was tearing up the sidewalls on the rear tyre. Not making a point of it, just happened to happen at that time.

Last few sets of tyres, no, but we've had many months of either very hot or wet weather, neither of which are conducive to spirited riding.

Pete
 

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Some sets I've had a strip, some I've run out to the edge. Mostly depends if a set was on the bike for a trip to Arkansas with friends on sport bikes. They're always amazed when they get done smoking knee pucks through a long stretch of twisties and I'm still right there in their mirrors. :)
 

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One of the former Ducati riders calls them "the millimeter of shame".
 

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I would never be critical of a non-sportbike with chicken strips on the tires. However, a full on sport bike (GSX-R, CBR, R1, etc), I'm more judgmental of.

I still have pretty big chicken strips on my Glee, but that is because there are no twisty roads in S. Texas and I'm still getting used to the handling of the bike.
 
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