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412driver Jun 27th, 2008 12:02 pm

Need help
After riding, I notice a faint "burning rubber" smell from the back of the bike. I have looked all over and can't find anything rubbing on the tire (doesn't mean it's eyes ain't as good as they once were)

This is riding one up, not alot of weight on the bike. the tire feels warm but that is normal think......

i'm at goes in for the 10K service next week..........

any ideas??????

dfinazzo Jun 27th, 2008 12:29 pm

Re: Need help
If you smell burning rubber its because there is burning rubber!!

I "just" installed a Smartire system on the bike and I now have a better understanding of tire presssures and temperatures.

Running two up on flat highways - non agressive:
1. Tires - Bridgestones radials - front and back

2. Starting Pressures and Temps
Front 42 PSIG 75 degrees F
Back 48 PSIG 75 degrees F

3. Running Pressures @ 75 mph:
Front 47 PSIG 110 degrees F
Back 56 PSIG 160 to 170 degrees F

And I get a very faint burnt rubber smell as well when I open the seat up after running for a while!!

This also tells me why rear tires wear out before the front tires - duh!! :D

jzeiler Jun 27th, 2008 12:35 pm

Re: Need help
I would have to say this is normal. I smell it from time to time, not every day and not in the last few months. It has always been there off and on over the last 4 years and 36K miles. Never found a source or a problem that I could pin down.

Hilton Jun 27th, 2008 1:36 pm

Re: Need help
I see you checked the rear tire clearance to the swing arm. Even with the spacer installed as required, it's fairly close. We had, as have others, a balloon failure on the side wall which rubbed against the arm. Not good, but major blowout avoided. Have a smartire system, but the clue was rubber smell when filling up. May pay to check even more closely

412driver Jun 27th, 2008 5:14 pm

Re: Need help
Thanks for the info. The amount of smell is a constant so I am guessing it is not getting worse??? wow, I knew the back tire was warm but did not realize it was that warm. I will have the service guys look close next week when it goes in. Thanks again for your input..........

412driver Jul 6th, 2008 12:03 pm

Re: Need help
I wasn't gonna post this but as a pilot we have a saying.....

"Learn from others mistakes, you won't live long enough to make them all yourself"

Call it sloppy, stupid, retarded, I deserve it. Brought the bike in for it's service and the tech gave me [email protected] for letting the air pressure get too low!!

DOH!! :(

So I am guessing that is where the smell came from............

just a reminder boys and girls................

ride safe.

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