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Old 10-01-2012, 01:37 PM   #16
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I just put them on and ride...
.... and behave myself for the first few right/lefts.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:44 PM   #17
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I just ride the bike like I'm riding in rain.

When I worked at a shop I'd always scrub the tire before we sent the bike out, and the techs were supposed to ride the bike a few miles before handing it over.

Sorry to hear about your bike. And get some armor.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:02 PM   #18
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My recent tire purchases seemed a bit slipperly to the touch, but I don't know if it was actually "release compound".

I prefer the gravel road method myself, but I can't seem to convince my buddy with the R1. What a sissy.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:52 PM   #19
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Some people have trouble with 'don't be stupid for 30 feet', let alone 30 miles.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:55 AM   #20
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..."Not to mention the friction burn I received on my right knee from me sliding with it. Went straight to the store and bought a new pair of jeans."

So, a new pair of COTTON jeans eh, no armor, just jeans huh? Have a slow learning curve do you?
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:57 PM   #21
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When I had my new TKC80's put on the other day, I noticed they were "different". At first I assumed it was because I was going from stock tires to something approaching knobbies. The funny thing is though, they seem normal now. I don't know if it just took a couple of days to get used to them, or if they had something on them, but they are night and day now compared to when I first got them.
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:52 AM   #22
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When I had my new TKC80's put on the other day, I noticed they were "different". At first I assumed it was because I was going from stock tires to something approaching knobbies. The funny thing is though, they seem normal now. I don't know if it just took a couple of days to get used to them, or if they had something on them, but they are night and day now compared to when I first got them.
Just put a new set of Kenda Trackmaster II tires on my bike... now, THESE are approaching knobbies!!! The packaging said to give them 100 miles for break-in. They were REAL squirrely on the road, the first time I rode on them. I've only been riding on them for a few days now, but already they seem to be gripping the road better. I just need a day with 'em off-road, to really get them broken in
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:15 PM   #23
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after i go to a car wash im always weary, some of those soaps and engine degreasers can make the tire a bit slick
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:24 PM   #24
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Just put a new set of Kenda Trackmaster II tires on my bike... now, THESE are approaching knobbies!!! The packaging said to give them 100 miles for break-in. They were REAL squirrely on the road, the first time I rode on them. I've only been riding on them for a few days now, but already they seem to be gripping the road better. I just need a day with 'em off-road, to really get them broken in
Same experience with these tires, and the 100 miles isn't a lie! These things slipped all over the road, felt like they were slippin, sliding, or "squirming" but After 200 miles and 150 miles of dirt, they're fantastic. Loud, and slow, but fantastic! My Shinkos Golden Boys were pretty normal right after being mounted. Guess it depends on the tire.
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:33 PM   #25
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Aprilia tech showed me his trick.
spray brake degreaser on a rag and wipe new tires. wipes off all the mold release before you use them.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:08 AM   #26
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Work blocks Photobucket so I can't retrieve it just now but...

I'd just gotten brand new tires for the SuperHawk so that it'd be deemed safe for the ERC I was taking. Figured I'd scrub them in riding the hour up to the ERC location. Except it was pouring down rain with no promise of letting up. So I ended up scrubbing in my tires while sitting on my deck... with a green scrubby pad.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:13 AM   #27
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Some people have trouble with 'don't be stupid for 30 feet', let alone 30 miles.
Yes,simply riding for aways and letting the tires get good and hot is all they need.

Back in the day I did a slide/highside on an XS650 with new tires,it was the second ride on them but...the outermost edge was still slick evidently cause the back end went sideways then grabbed and threw me a good distance.
It has stuck with me.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:34 PM   #28
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spray brake degreaser on a rag and wipe new tires. wipes off all the mold release before you use them.
BINGO.
You have choices, scrub, ride gravel, take it easy, or be wary. Even the dirt bike knobbies are slick for a few miles of gravel road.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:06 PM   #29
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Last set on the KTM I rode to the nearest dirt field and dug some trenches.
You can always use the dealers planter boxes.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:38 PM   #30
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Last set on the KTM I rode to the nearest dirt field and dug some trenches.
You can always use the dealers planter boxes.
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