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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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My first tire howl

My new rider progression is going well. I am getting a lot smoother with the small friction zone of my VStar. I have been making myself from day one use both brakes when stopping including practicing some quick stops in a parking lot. But the parking lot doesn't compare very well to quick stops at near highway speeds with real traffic. Today I was going about 50 or 55 when the intersection light changed. I braked to my surprise a little too aggressively and I experienced my first tire howling sound. It was loud and thankfully I quickly relaxed my brake control pressure. I am thankful for this warning sound before tire lock-up.

I would like to hear from your experiences with tire howls. Do all cycles do it? Does the sound change any right before tire lock-up? Does anyone practice front brake near maximum performance breaking?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 10:21 AM
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Yes you can get tire howl or screeching whenever your tire rotational speed doesn't match ground speed - works under not only braking conditions but rolling throttle too hard in a corner or if you don't match engine speed while aggressively down shifting.

Nothing to worry about. In fact it's a good indicator of what you said, modulating lever pressure before lockup. It sounds like you did it right.

Practicing emergency maneuvers in a parking lot is a must in my opinion. If you haven't already try giving Keith Codes Twist of the Wrist series a look and Ride Like a Pro by Jerry Palladino. It's fun developing the skills to handle a 650+ lbs cruiser at low and high speeds that only a few on even a sports bike will achieve because they don't put in the proper training.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Zen for the howling sound info. In my opinion for me, the three challenging handling items for a new rider to work on are: high speed quick stops, high speed swerves, and riding well in the twisty road curves.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 03:28 PM
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Practice safety maneuvers, it WILL go a long way towards saving your life. Sure helped in my case lol, that and probably the most overworked guardian angel ever.
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