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Tyre advice: Which tyres for track days and fast road riding?

Marc Abbott, 16 September 2009 16:08

Q. I'm due a set of tyres on my Suzuki GSX-R1000 K5. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres It's running Bridgestone BT016s at the moment. I am looking for a tyre that grips well in the dry, and is capable of the odd track day. I was thinking of Pirelli Diablo Corsa 3S or Michelin Pilot Power 2CTs. I'm not too ...

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Tyre advice: Can I fill motorcycle tyres with nitrogen

Marc Abbott, 09 September 2009 15:07

Tyres are porous, so whatever they are inflated with will gradually seep out through the carcass and where the tyre seats on the wheel rim, lowering the pressures over time. Nitrogen doesn't leak out as quickly as compressed air, so your vehicle will have the correct pressures for longer, improving tyre life, fuel consumption and grip. Useful if you are ...

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Tyre advice: What effect does heat have on a tyre?

Marc Abbott, 09 September 2009 11:46

A tyre needs a certain amount of temperature to operate effectively, but excessive heat from rotation or cornering forces is the enemy of the tyre designer as it will make the tyre wear much, much quicker. They'll engineer the tyre carcass to cope with the expected performance. A stiffer carcass to keep deformation down gives a smaller contact patch that ...

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Why do tyres have wire in them?

Marc Abbott, 02 September 2009 15:51

The high-tensile steel wire in motorcycle tyres is also known as the 'bead' and runs circumferationally around the inner part of the tyre. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres It's job is to anchor the tyre on the rim so that the tyre can't creep on the wheel and also help to make it airtight. It's the reason why tyres are ...

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Tyre advice: Slippy roads in Southern Spain

Marc Abbott, 02 September 2009 15:33

I have recently moved to southern Spain and I ride a Ducati Monster S4RS. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres I have ridden my bike a few times since living here but I am having serious trouble with grip, as the roads aren't too great, I have lost the rear several times under acceleration but, more worryingly, have lost the front ...

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Tyre Advice: What affects tyre life on a GSX-R1000?

Marc Abbott, 26 August 2009 16:19

There are four factors that affect the life of a tyre. First, pressures; on your bike it should be 36psi front, 42psi rear. Next, the suspension needs to be compliant enough to help the tyre cope. If it's set up on the hard side, the tyre will get chewed up rapidly as it does the work of the shock as ...

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FAQ: How to cure a vibrating wheel

Marc Abbott, 19 August 2009 11:20

If you have some harsh vibrations or the steering feels loose or wobbly then your front wheel could be out of balance. Those vibes will stress wheel bearings, make the tyre run hotter and could loosen various fasteners around your bike. A fitter can do it, or you can balance your tyres at home. You want to counteract the weight ...

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Tyres FAQ: Why do tyres have wire in them?

Marc Abbott, 12 August 2009 17:13

The high-tensile steel wire is also known as the bead and runs circumferationally around the inner part of the tyre. Its job is to anchor the tyre on the rim so that the tyre can't creep on the wheel and also help to make it airtight. It's the reason why tyres are so hard to get onto the rim and ...

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Tyres FAQ: Why do tyres have air in them?

Marc Abbott, 05 August 2009 15:30

A tyre has to deform slightly at the point of contact with the road for instance in, order to achieve any change of direction or speed and it has to do this in a progressive and predictable way in all the extremes of conditions that riding on the road throws at it. Compare and buy motorcycle tyres It also has ...

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Tyres FAQ: Why are tyres black?

Marc Abbott, 05 August 2009 15:06

There isn't any natural rubber in a tyre's construction. But there are about 200 raw materials from man-made rubbers, reinforcing fillers, rayon, nylon, all sorts of additives and aramid fibres. Aramids are heat-resistant synthetic fibres with tradenames like Kevlar and Nomex. This mix is susceptible to damage from ozone and ultra-violet light so manufacturers add carbon black to absorb the ...

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