Thursday, August 28, 2014
Just a quick snippet about tires. I don't always do it, but I test drive motorcycles for the Service Department from time to time. Too many times I am doing this I am on a bike with a worn tire or worn tires. These worn tires, whether they are cupped, scallopped, flat spot, etc., have quite the negative effect on the handling of the bike. Do worn tires completely ruin the ride? Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. The biggest issue I have is the corners. Who doesn't love corners, right? Well, when the tires are so bad that they are fighting the bars from turn entry to exit, for me the ride is ruined. The flat spots or wear patterns on the tire fight the trajectory of the bike and I have to manhandle the bars and slow down. Confidence is now lost. I know some guys and girls can't afford new tires right away when they notice this so they put up with it for awhile and get new tires when they can. All I am saying is be aware of your tire pressures and the condition of your tires. Check your tires and your friends tires and see if the appearance of the tires might translate into a negative ride quality. If you ever want to see some worn tires, stop by the shop we can show you some examples or talk tires with you. Hopefully while we are service writing we can bring it to your attention and see how you feel about your tire situation.