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Bikers - when do you change your tyres?

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by eidolon, May 4, 2010.

  1. Fireskull


    Joined: Oct 31, 2006

    Posts: 9,657

    Location: Eastleigh / Winchester

    Lol dont sandpaper your chicken strips, the tyres release chemicals when a new part is used (apparently) so scrubbing them off and then going flat out on where the chicken strips are will be the same as going flat out if you hadnt sanded them off.. I.e. Ending up on your ass :p plus ive seen a few where they have sanded them off and it looks silly, you look more of a tit than someone who has 2inch chicken strips anyway :p
    Just go out for a nice half hour ride on a warmish day and you can be rid of them without going or having to knee down, unless your riding on track or riding really hard on the road you will always have small ones on the front.
  2. Luke


    Joined: Jul 19, 2005

    Posts: 6,938

    Location: S. Yorkshire

    I rode on BT45's for a couple of years and they are brilliant. Ok, maybe not exactly a Diablo but he's not riding a GSXR thou. I've seen many people scrape pegs and get their knee down on BT45's.
  3. Scuzi

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 19,658

    Location: Жит&#10

    I usually change the rear when the metal wire begins to show. For some weird reason, the Pirelli Diablos I use go from about 1.5mm to the wire in the space of a couple of hundred miles.

    The front gets changed after I've been through 2 rears.
  4. Felix


    Joined: Jan 25, 2003

    Posts: 2,702

    Is it sensible to use the tyre pumps at the garages on your bike tyres? I have been told they aren't very accurate!
  5. Lakeland


    Joined: Nov 1, 2005

    Posts: 5,443

    yeah bt45s are great, its easy to get chicken strips down to 5mm, im sure I could easily get that to nothing if I had bigger balls!
  6. eidolon


    Joined: Oct 31, 2002

    Posts: 13,861

    Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

    They can vary wildly. I checked mine last week at a garage near work, set fronts to 29psi and rear to 33psi.
    Decided to double check them today on way home at a different garage, fronts showed 33psi and rear 36psi so one of the two machines is telling lies.
  7. Scort


    Joined: Feb 28, 2006

    Posts: 4,002

    Location: No longer riding an Italian

    I would take mine to the TWI and then change them, but with the R1, I have found it has chewed the middle away before I reach the TWIs, and as you need a continuous 3/4 band of tread, they would probably be frowned at by a copper, so they get replaced sooner.
  8. VFR_KID


    Joined: Jul 3, 2008

    Posts: 3,250

    Location: Fife way up in Scotland

    If i can get pegs hitting the ground on a 24 year old VFR with 130 back tyre and Metzler Lazertech tyres on a BT45 should do a 125.

    I know guys that bang on about these lazertech tyres. but personaly I dont reate them and will be ripping them off at the first oportunity.

    Im not exactly in the class for Diablos or anything. but has to be something decent out there.
  9. Fireskull


    Joined: Oct 31, 2006

    Posts: 9,657

    Location: Eastleigh / Winchester

    Any of the new dunlops are getting really good reviews.
  10. D-Ranged


    Joined: Jan 18, 2010

    Posts: 551

    Location: London

    A little bit cheaper than a 18" sticky then.
  11. Draeger


    Joined: Feb 4, 2004

    Posts: 12,828

    Location: Falkirk, Scotland

    I lolled. :D

    Actually, I knew a guy back in the day that did exactly that on his GPZ900R.