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I had a guy tell his wife to tell my wife(they work together) the other day that my front tire on my bike is coneing. Not only do I not know what that means, but its not an actual term. I assume he means the center of the tread looks pointy.... or the sides are wearing.... or something. He seems like one of those Harley riders that has one so that he can say he has one. I think he wanted to sound like a old timer biker that has knowledge to impart to a young guy. But I could be wrong, he may own a Yamaha and actually have some knowledge. But I thought I would throw it up here and see if anyone else has heard of coneing? IMO the only way a tire could cone is separation. I think if anything he saw the Zig Zag center tread of the Bridgstone Excedra, and visually that could seem pointy if you don't look at it closely. Either way I obviously had a good look at the flawless tire that is on my bike, and ignored the comment.
 

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I believe it means the tires are worn heavily on the edges with decent tread left in the center.
Yah I believe that's what he was talking about. But my tire has almost no wear except in the center, as do most of ours that live in the prairies. There isn't enough corners to have even worn off all of the casting nubs on my tire. And I have spent a good portion of the 6000kms I've owned the bike winding through the Rocky Mountains. Mind you..... that was with my wife following and I was keeping the speeds down for her safety and comfort as she followed on pretty much her first long trip on a motorcycle.
 

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Whether the guy was trying to be a know it all or not, don't let that bother you; just ask 'em; "Hey, interesting, I don't know what that means? Would you mind explaining?"

if they're just trying to be a know it all, and don't, they will shortly reveal that fact without you having to have left wondering if they were or not.

If they DO know something, you're about to learn something.


Don't be put off by people upon first glance as this or that. There's no benefit for you in it and there just may well be some benefit in giving them the benefit of the doubt.

The proper response to a busy body trying to sound kewl is not to act like someone who is afraid to say they you understand.

Ask 'em. That's how jack asses are revealed and, sometimes, friends are made.
 

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Look up tire CONICITY (or radial pull). He must be pretty good to spot that on a tire long before a rider can feel it pulling the bike to one side. I'm not saying it's not possible, but I've never heard of this tire defect affecting a motorcycle tire.
 
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