Best Tires for Motorcycle

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Bikers often encounter problems when it comes to choosing the right tires to suit their motorcycle and the road conditions they expect to face. Aside from creating the physical and visual connection to the road, tires are just as important as any other critical component of the bike. You cannot expect for your tires to go on forever, as they are a subject to depreciation. This is when various elements need to be taken into consideration, such as the category of the motorcycle you own and the riding conditions. To start with, you’ll need to consult the owner's manual that specifies the type, not necessarily the brand, of tires recommended for your motorcycle, which might include features such as size, speed rating and tread design. You should also look for the right tire bias and composite materials.

Motorcycle tires need to be different for the front and the rear of the bike, depending on the specific goals they were designed to accomplish. Acceleration is provided mostly by the rear tire, and the front tire supplies more of the braking power than is required by the rear tire - thus the difference in requirements for motorcycle tire braking.

Just as you know, the front motorcycle tire turns left and right to accommodate direction desired, while the rear tire is subject only to the lean of the bike. Since the back tire carries the bulk of the weight, this affects the design and specification requirements.

Race Tires

The basic elements every professional rider looks for when choosing the tires is how they connect to the track and extreme leaning angles. Tires should allow for cornering at tight angles, extreme acceleration from a standing position or coming out of a turn as well as for many hours of constant abuse on the race track.

Sport Tires

These type of tires usually have a radial-style tread patterns that allow for a larger contact with the road surface. They should offer a proper adherence to the road, ease cornering and provide better grip in both wet and dry environments. You could also get a tire with less tread for better traction on the track but enough for legal use on the street in dry weather conditions. Made from harder compounds than those used for making racing tires, these tires are more wear and tear resistant.

2009-09-11 09:39:58 by electrickytech

Motorcycle tires hate me

I have the worst luck when it comes to tires. The last two tires I bought for the front of my bike have been out of round, I had to take it back today for another try. Same thing happened last time , I got a Metzler that humped and wiggled both, I'll be damned Ron from the bike shop is here bringing me my wheel back, Finks is the best damn place around to do business with.

2009-02-06 16:06:45 by ChopperCharles

You can get more bike for less money, but good

I like the V-rod. It's fast, it's fun to ride, and it turns heads. The seat however is a nutcrusher, the forward footpegs are awkward at best, and you can buy WAY more motorcycle for WAY less money from Honda or Yamaha. If you want to buy into the Harley name, a V-Rod or Sportster won't get you anywhere. The die-hard Harley 'tards will make fun of you. But if you're more interested in the bike than the image, go for it.
But realize you'll be spending a 20% premium (minimum) for the Harley name, and you still won't get any cred. (If that matters to you).
If you're interested in a cruiser type bike that's fast, I'd recommend the V-Max 1200

2011-09-30 10:19:12 by Dead-bug

A 27 yr old motorcycle that's just been sitting

In a garage is going to have lots of problems. The tires as well as all the other rubber parts are bad no matter what they look like. As soon as you start driving it the rubber will start falling apart. Does it start and run properly? If not the gas tank and carburetor was not drained and preserved with packing oil so both will most likely need to be replaced. This model is popular with a small segment of collectors and parts are still available but to be bluntly honest $1,600 is way too much to pay for something like this.
If you want a small street legal bike like this that you really plan on riding you would be much better off getting this New in the crate, Honda Clone CT70

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