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post #1 of 12 Old Jul 5th, 2014, 9:52 pm Thread Starter
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Is there really a correct way to break in a new set of tires

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post #2 of 12 Old Jul 5th, 2014, 10:05 pm
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Re: break in tires

When I put a new pair of Metz tires on the beemer they're too slick to ride safely ( for me ), so I take 40 grit emory cloth and rough them before mounting. Takes about 1 minute per tier and you're not so puckered for those 1st 50 or so miles while the tires are road abraded.
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Gravel roads are good, but I usually just take it easy for the first 50 miles and gradually weave until they are scuffed in. It does not take very long just stay off the hard throttle until then or you will have a wild ride.

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Gravel roads are good, but I usually just take it easy for the first 50 miles and gradually weave until they are scuffed in. It does not take very long just stay off the hard throttle until then or you will have a wild ride.
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Re: break in tires

There was a thread yesterday that says the current thinking is to heat the tires to about 165 degrees for 30 minutes through straight line acceleration or breaking. I couldn't find the thread, but others may recall it.

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Not so much " break in" as " clean off". Typically there is residue of the tire mold release agent still on the tires when sold. The above suggestions are good ones. I use a scotchbrite pad myself. The real danger is wet conditions. I picked up a bike with new skins and got caught in a down pour on my way home. When I finally made it home there was a hole in the seat with cheek marks! Ride like you have a gold fish in the box for 100 miles.

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Is there really a correct way to break in a new set of tires
A couple of trips down my .3 mile long dirt driveway does the trick.

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Find an abrasive, concrete parking lot and make slow tight turns, increasing lean angle as the tires progressively get cleaned off.
Don't go too crazy as you're not really trying to do donuts.

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A couple of trips down my .3 mile long dirt driveway does the trick
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Oh great.............now we're bragging about whose driveway is biggest
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This thread really blows my mind.


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This thread really blows my mind.

Well i thought it was informative.
I wondered why new tires always felt so slippery for awhile..mold release..who knew.
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post #12 of 12 Old Jul 15th, 2014, 8:13 pm Thread Starter
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Well thanks for all the suggestion, I just rode it 250 mile on Texas asphalt on a day when the temps were in the 90'S Did some curves and leans, I think they are good to go for the moa in st paul next week.

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2007 Kawasaki KLX300r (dirt days)
1969 HONDA TRIAL 90 ( miles of smiles)
200? Unigo ( AKA The Pig)
2002 K1200 LT (AKA Nicci )
2004 Bushtect Roadstar (AKA Elli)
2014 R1200GSA (AKA FreeBird)

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2004 R1150 RT ( Sold) (AKA SILVER BULLET)
1981 KAWASAKI KZ1000ST (SOLD)
1991 HARLEY SPORTSTER 883 (SOLD)


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