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tire question/problem - September 26, 2007, 12:20 PM

Ok, I posted this on cycleforums and aren't getting much help, so maybe one of you all super smart peeps can tell me whats up. Thanks!

Hey all,
Quick tire question. See attached image. Sorry for the dirt on the tire, I park it in my back yard. I think you can get the jist of what I need you to see though. Obviously the tire needs to be replaced. My question is, have you ever seen a wear pattern like this before? Is this common when a tire is at the end of its life? Is this somehow an indicator that the tire needs replacement? I haven't seen this before in the 13 years that I've owned this bike (old F2) but I'm also not sure I've worn a tire down this far before getting it replaced. The tire is a Dunlop and its the first time I've had Dunlops so is it a characteristic unique to Dunlops or do all tires get this? Any info any of you can provide as to whats happening here would be greatly appreciated.

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September 26, 2007, 12:25 PM

Wow! Thats fucked up!
I wish I had an answer for ya... other then the obvious "that tire needs replaced asap!"
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September 26, 2007, 12:41 PM

Holy crap! were you doing skidding stoppies on the front wheel or what?


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September 26, 2007, 12:50 PM

NEVER SEEN THAT TYPE OF WEAR PATTERN LOL
THAT'S CRAZY
TWO QUESTIONS:
1) WHAT TYPE OF RIDING DO YOU DO?
2) WHAT KIND OF TIRE IS THAT? IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE THE NEW PIRELLI SUPERCORSA, IS THIS TRUE???

BUT COUPLE OF THING THAT COMES TO MIND REAL QUICK BY LOOKING AT THAT PIC ARE:

1) THAT YOUR SUSPENSION MIGHT BE MESSED UP AND IN NEED OF SOME SERIOUS TUNING.

2) THE TIRE MIGHT BE A FACTORY DEFFECT. HEY, IT HAPPENS, THEY MAKE MISTAKES TOO.
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September 26, 2007, 01:04 PM

to me that tire looks more like it's cupped. is it smooth whenyou run your hand around it? how often have you checked your tire pressures? being as how it is on an F2 and the bike is 13 years old have you ever had your fork fluid replaced? low air pressure or very bad suspension can cause wear like that over time but neither one will do it quickly.


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September 26, 2007, 01:15 PM

I'vee seen tread blocks tear off a tire and cause that. Never on a motorcycle though.


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September 26, 2007, 02:04 PM

Considering how far down you've worn that tire Im not too surprised.

There are wear bars on tires, and something like that should have probably been replaced over 1000 miles ago.

Cupping looks prevalent and part of the carcass looks like its showing.

It kinda makes me think that with no tread left the carcass over heated and wore through what remaining rubber there was.

Unless you live very close to where you can get that tire replaced I wouldnt ride on that, sure as hell not over 35 no matter the distance.


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September 26, 2007, 02:23 PM

To answer the Qs:
This is my commuter bike. I basically ride it to work and back (in DC) every day on 395 HOV. There's one twisty road I hit every evening on the way home (Its only about 1.5-2 miles long). I check my tire pressure about once every two weeks and its always been good. I'd have to look in my records as to when the fork fluid was last replaced, I know its been done at least once, but I can't remember how long its been off the top of my head.

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Cupping looks prevalent and part of the carcass looks like its showing.

It kinda makes me think that with no tread left the carcass over heated and wore through what remaining rubber there was.
This is what I'm thinking too. You can't see because of the dirt, but there is a tiny bit of tread left (not that it wasn't stupid to wear a tire down this far). Like I said, I've never worn a tire down this far before so I was just curious. Thanks everyone for your thoughts.
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September 26, 2007, 02:25 PM

Damn Gangsta.. how'd you do a burn out on your front tire??!


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