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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-02-2013, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Which risk is greater?

I have about 8,000 miles on my rear tire. It is pretty close to slick in the middle. It shows no cracking or splitting. The tire is only 4 months old. I just ordered my replacement. Here is my dilemma. I hear that new tires are slick as snot when new. I am scheduled to go to Arkansas to ride 123 (very curvey) 11 days from now.

I know I will not get a chance to put more than about 100 miles on the new tire if I change it before I go. So do I squeeze a little more life out of the old tire or take a chance on a tire that is hardly broken in on a curvey road?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-02-2013, 07:29 PM
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100 miles should be good enough to scuff your tire. The tale of new tires are slick as snot isn't quite precise. They mold release agent on them make them a bit slippery at first but that stuff wears off rather quickly.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-02-2013, 07:45 PM
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The new tire with out the flat spot will aid in the bike tipping in faster for those nice curves.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-02-2013, 07:50 PM
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put the bike on a jack and scuff the new tire. Dont chance an old known worn tire ruining a planned ride!

Or do a burn out and break it in right! (sorry, just an old sportbike flashback)
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-02-2013, 08:31 PM
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You'll be fine at 100 miles.....Even after 50 you should be okay, wouldn't go scraping pegs on every turn before that, but you'd be fine

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-02-2013, 09:08 PM
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If you're really worried about it, stand on the boards and ride it through some gravel leaning the bike from side to side. Or do some slow circles and figure 8s in an open parking lot. Or, buy a tire from a manufacturer that no longer uses mold release, like Dunlap. I know Shinkos do use it.

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Let us know how that ride goes. I want to make a trip up there as soon as it cools off some.

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when i get a new Dunlop E3 on the rear, i find it grips best when brand new.

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