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For years, motorcycle riders have
always had a certain infamous reputation. Especially when they travel in
packs, motorcycle riders are feared by others. They are often depicted
by media, particularly in films, as the proponents of massive brawls and
unprovoked violence. Furthermore, bikers are often stereo typed as
people who are uneducated and have nothing better to do than terrorize
people as they move from bar to bar, transported by their big bikes. Continued.
Winter Bike Riding --
The Safe Way by: Kay Zetkin
Are you one of those motorcycle riders that live in
northern climates where winters can be harsh and still choose to continue
riding when the bitter winter sets in? Well, everybody would say you’re dreadful to
even consider riding out in the snow. Contemporaries who are more protective of their bikes might even
say that you’re a brutal slave-driver of your beloved bike.
Winter is really a terrible season for motorcycle enthusiasts. Determined as you are to go on riding,
surviving the harsh winters should be kept in mind to prevent any inevitable danger
that would cause trauma for you and your beloved motorcycle. Remember that winter riding is not the time to boast of a
great stamina and show off your toughness just by wearing extra clothing and driving roughshod over your
bike like it’s any hot summer day. Precautions must always be taken if you plan to go
out riding during winter. So how do you go about preparing your motorcycle and yourself?
in mind, that this is an "informal study" and the facts within,
though compelling and accurate for the most part, are not exacting. By
"not exacting", we mean that none of the photos were squared up
except by eyeballing, none of the actual angles were measured and there
was no allowance given for the artifacts produced by backgrounds, lighting
angles and camera lenses. In short, this is not a very
"scientific" essay thus you will find missing the usual (and
usually suspect) plethora of confusing statistics & numbers that often
appear in articles of this type. There's not much math here for one very
simple reason -- there is no need for it. As we assembled the photographic
evidence to support these theories regarding motorcycle tire wear
patterns, the evidence so obviously supported the
theories and so strongly disproved other theories we felt
no need to provide minutia. True, that lack here may leave some
unsatisfied. So be it. We invite those obsessed with such detail to supply
same and we will be happy to add those facts to these since we have no
doubt that the conclusions drawn by them will be the same as those drawn
here by us.
The first question to be addressed is "What is tire
wear?" Tire wear is the actual removal
of rubber from your tire. Scuffing is what wears
out your tires. Just like when you were a kid and skidded your rear
bicycle tire to make marks on the driveway, the abrasion of scuffing is
the only contributor to tire wear. If you never scrubbed
anything off your tires, they would never wear out. It takes some pretty
good stiff forces to come into play for pavement to scuff stuff off of
your tires. This scrubbing of material off your tires becomes evident in
what is called cupping, flat
band upright tire wear which presents itself most evident on the rear
tire and side flat band tire wear
which presents itself most evident on the front tire. All of these wear
patterns will be discussed and all are present to some degree on both the
front and rear tire. But in the following discussion, it is important to
remember that it takes a goodly amount of force where your tire meets the
road to grind material off of your tires to produce tire wear. Too, we
assume that you will run with properly inflated tires. Improperly inflated
tires will cause all of these wear patterns to be greatly exaggerated and
will cause you to lose many many serviceable miles. Check pressure often.
Empirical evidence for Valkyrie and VTX tires shows that running 38/40,
40/40 or 40/42 (or slightly above/below) will greatly extend tire life.
The Honda spec of 33psi for these bikes is way too low and is designed for
maximum comfort and grip but minimum tire life. Increasing the pressures
to some combination of the above will provide increased longevity and
improved handling for these tires.
So, with that in mind, let us begin with probably the biggest bugaboo
tire wear pattern in the motorcycle arena. Continued!
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