Battlax tire ripple

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by biggziff, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    A friend called me to ask if I'd look at his Concours 14. He had new Battlax tires put on 1000 miles ago and he said the front had begun to feel vague in corners. He's a commuter so when I saw the tire was a little squared off on the center it didn't surprise me, although with 1000 miles on it it seemed premature. What did surprise me was the ripples along the edge of the squared off section...it's not really cupping, more like worms just under the surface of the tire. I checked all the front suspension stuff, tire pressures (38 front 42 rear) and then rode the bike. Sure enough, in a corner at certain lean angles I could feel the nose get loose feeling. A little throttle would stand the bike up just enough to make it go away, but it was back at each corner at normal 20-30 mph speeds. We tried to photograph it, but it's difficult to see...easy to feel with your hand though.

    So has anyone seen something like this and any thoughts as to if it's normal or not? My Tourance on the front of my GS has 9K on it and has no cupping or ripples so we're kind of surprised at this with the Battlax.

    Thanks

    Note.....I did find some photos showing scalloping that look very similar to the pattern we're seeing.
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  2. CycleDoc59

    CycleDoc59 Wrench Rider

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    I change a lot of tires on many different type bikes, and often see odd wear patterns. It
    appears to depend as much on what bike the tire is on as it does the particular tire.
    You mention Tourance; I see many of them that are badly cupped on some bikes, but
    not on others. Perhaps the Concours just does not "bond" well with that particular tire (?)
    There have been numerous discussions about front end condition, tire balance/pressure/etc
    and how they may affect tire wear patterns, but many bikes in like-new condition exhibit
    the same problem. I do see that tire pressure is critical, and when a particular wear pattern
    starts, no changes will stop it's progress....
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  3. dirtrulz

    dirtrulz Been here awhile

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    I ran a set of battleaxe tires on my supermoto and they were the worst tires I have ever run. Didnt last 1500 miles, and that is on a light bike, cant imagine how fast they would wear on a heavy bike. My front tire did the same thing.
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  4. EVLED

    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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  5. CycleDoc59

    CycleDoc59 Wrench Rider

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    There are something like 18 different Bridgestone "Battleaxe" tires made. Some work
    just fine on particular bikes, some don't. Which is the reason there are so many types...
    Some are of a very soft compound with super grip, but a very short life should be expected.

    So saying "Battleaxe" tires don't work, is like saying you don't like the weather....
    Which weather, and under what circumstances?

    http://www.bridgestone.com/products/motorcycle_tires/products/category/index.html
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  6. truebeliever71

    truebeliever71 n00b

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    Hey. I'm the friend of Biggziff's with the tire problem. Thank to everyone to for their input. The tire is the Battlax BT023 which from my research gets decent ratings. Yesterday I called both Bridgestone and the vendor where I purchased the tires. Bridgestone told me to run it over inflated by a couple pounds to see if the helped with handling, if not then I have to contact the vendor for a warranty replacement. I did call the vendor and they said I would have to unmount the tire and send it back to them for inspection and they may replace under warranty.

    I did over inflate it to 43 pounds and it did ride/grip much better today.
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  7. chorizo

    chorizo Been here awhile

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    Ive had a couple of BA's on the front and all of them cupped bad. I got about 3k on each.
    My buddy says I brake too hard?
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  8. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Every motorcycle I've ever ridden scallops the front tire. Braking forces, I think. I replace 'em when the low end of the scallop is even with the bottom of the tread groove...

    Of course, I typically wear my front tires out before the rear. I spend a LOT of time on twisty roads :lol3
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