New Tires are slippery....AAARRRRGGG!

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by lemaster63, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. lemaster63

    lemaster63 n00b

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    Threw some new tires on my Triumph Scrambler before heading North on a short trip. Didn't even make it out of Honda's parking lot before the bike slid out from under me as though I was on a sheet of ice. Combination of new tires covered with silicone, a newly seal coated parking lot, and an 865cc motor. Fortunately I was going slow but seeing my beautiful Scrambler sliding on the pavement nearly broke my heart. 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. What happens on this forum stays on this forum right? Wife never needs to know (she'll just worry). :)

    And of course....after the fact everybody wanted to give me advice on being careful with new tires.
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  2. 74C5

    74C5 Long timer

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    Don't forget, be careful with new tires:rofl
    Glad you didn't get hurt worse.
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  3. rat110

    rat110 Has a Zombie House

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    I get the guys to give them a scrub with a wire brush. Seems to work ok.
    Glad you are relatively ok.
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  4. BeeMaa

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    I wash them with a stiff nylon brush, but have never used a wire brush for this.
    Nylon + Simple Green has worked for me.
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  5. dwoodward

    dwoodward Long timer

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    I just put them on and ride... :dunno
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  6. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    I now use my angle grinder and a coarse wheel, and give them a good buffin on the balance stand. Then I balance it. Seems to work, only takes a minute. Just to make sure I head for a nice gravel road, and ride about 10 miles. Good practice for the street anyway.

    Rod
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  7. kbuckey

    kbuckey Been here awhile

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    This spring I left my mechanic's shop after he had put new Metzlers on my ZX6R. Just after leaving his shop there's a nice fun hard right hander. Wasn't thinking and goosed it a little (or maybe a little more than a little) coming out of the corner and the rear end stepped out on me a LOT more than I was prepared for. :eek1 Managed to keep it upright - but I was pretty darn circumspect the rest of the way home!
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  8. blackx70

    blackx70 Been here awhile

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    I have gone through 4 sets of tires in my short riding career and have yet to have any issues. I don't know.
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  9. SxyRdr

    SxyRdr Been here awhile

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    Glad you're OK....

    Took my son to a SuMo track day. He had on brand new tires. I told him to take it easy the first couple of laps because new tires are slippery. He came back in after the first lap to get the bike reteched and himself checked over... because he discovered that mom was right.
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  10. Spiritwalker2222

    Spiritwalker2222 Been here awhile

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    I got my tires changed at the local dealer once and they had the bike sitting in a puddle of oil and gas. I almost went down walking to the bike!
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  11. Sport

    Sport Been here awhile

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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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  12. GusinCA

    GusinCA Been here awhile

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    Considering I ride on really aggressive knobby Michelin MC10 tires, which have a contact patch the size of a fingerprint on pavement, I'm always careful on my tires... :)
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  13. snarf

    snarf WFO and clueless

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    I've never understood the lengths some guys go to to pre-scrub their tires.. Just ride the damn thing and dont be stupid for 30 miles.. youll be fine.
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  14. Pantah

    Pantah Red Sox Nation

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    I am pretty sure that modern tires don't use release compounds any longer. At least not in the last 12 years or so. We don't even take the stickers off our race tires. Just heat 'em up in the warmers and take your sighting lap. You can hit T1 as hard as you want. :scratch

    You would know better than me since you were there, but my guess is it was more slippery surface than slippery tire. What kind of tire was it? You can probably go right to the distributor to learn if their new tires are slippery and need to be scrubbed in.
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  15. feathered

    feathered Been here awhile

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    Some people have trouble with 'don't be stupid for 30 feet', let alone 30 miles.
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  16. RideAbout

    RideAbout Mentally Retired

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    .... and behave myself for the first few right/lefts.
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  17. Mangle

    Mangle Adventurer

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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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  18. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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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. :lol3 What a sissy.
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  19. livo

    livo Been here awhile

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    :lol3
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    :rolleyes
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