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Old 02-07-2007, 09:58 AM   #1
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Near miss incident- Almost slipped

Today, I started my bike after 3 weeks & might have gone 300 ft. I was riding at 15 mph or so & was making a left turn & gave little gas & my bike almost slipped. Thank , nothing happened besides a momentarily bad feeling. I guess I should warm the cold tires.

My question is how do you make sure the tire is warm enough - Do you ride slowly for a certain distance? How long do you do this? Any other way to warm the tire? Do you warm the tire at every single ride or only if you are riding after few weeks. Any comments would be appreciated.

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Take it easy on the first few minutes or you can try to weave back and forth. *Make sure you don't do this on loose gravel or in front of cop* As they might give you a ticket for wreckless driving.
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Make sure your tire pressure is correctly set. For street commuting bikes; 36 / 36 frot and rear work well.

Be aware of your surroundings and road surface / conditions. In time you'll come to realize that "shiny" or off colored spot on the road is slippery.
Take it easy the first few miles.
Most of us are conditioned from driving cars. We get in the car first thing in the morning and can be on "auto pilot" for the first few miles with no real ill effects.
As motorcyclists we don't have that luxury.

Nowadays if I'm not feeling 100%, I don't ride, if I have to, I force my self to focus even more on what I'm doing.
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When I come out on the street in the morning, there is a bunch of wet stuff from the sprinklers on the road and with cold tires, it gets a little slippery. Especially, when the temps are in the upper 30s and 40s. Just take it very easy the first few miles. If you can, try scrubbing them in by doing some zig-zags down the street working the rubber.

Also, keep checking your tire pressure. I heard that in the winter you are supposed to keep the pressure a tad lower but opinions may vary on that.

My commute is 8 miles and about half way through I can tell that the tires start sticking much better. When I park the bike and feel the tires, they are warm.
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Make sure your tire pressure is correctly set. For street commuting bikes; 36 / 36 frot and rear work well.

Be aware of your surroundings and road surface / conditions. In time you'll come to realize that "shiny" or off colored spot on the road is slippery.
Take it easy the first few miles.
Most of us are conditioned from driving cars. We get in the car first thing in the morning and can be on "auto pilot" for the first few miles with no real ill effects.
As motorcyclists we don't have that luxury.

Nowadays if I'm not feeling 100%, I don't ride, if I have to, I force my self to focus even more on what I'm doing.
+1 there......I rode in the fog this morning.....might not have been the best decision but I wanted the chance to ride this afternoon when I get off work.
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+1 there......I rode in the fog this morning.....might not have been the best decision but I wanted the chance to ride this afternoon when I get off work.
I rode in the fog this morning as well. It was like soup out this morning.
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I had my "cold tire" incident awhile back. Cold tires+morning dew+road grime at an intersection=bike on side.
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thanks for the useful pointers. Gonna be careful next time. I'm glad it wasn't a costly mistake.
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thanks for the useful pointers. Gonna be careful next time. I'm glad it wasn't a costly mistake.

Be VERY glad. I wan't so lucky Monday night.
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i usually take it easy for the first few minutes...

...but some days i just point it and crack it on purpose. stay loose and go with the flow. a little early morning fishtail can make for the begining of a good day sometimes.

but thats just me....im not right in the head so i dont suggest it.
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This seems to be a growing issue lately. Everybody needs to realize what time of year it is and how the weather is going to affect road conditions and your own equipment. Take it easy on the throttle. This is a great time to work on throttle control. Hold it gently like it was breakable, don't wrap your hand way over the top of it and ease into it. Get a feel for what your bike does with less traction because this is the skill that will make or break you when you have the bike on a full lean.
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Make sure your tire pressure is correctly set. For street commuting bikes; 36 / 36 frot and rear work well.
My owner's manual (Honda 919) says 36 front and 42 rear. Is this a "follow the owner's manual" thing or is 36/36 better no matter what the owner's manual says? Thanks.
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My owner's manual (Honda 919) says 36 front and 42 rear. Is this a "follow the owner's manual" thing or is 36/36 better no matter what the owner's manual says? Thanks.
42 is for when you have big girls on the back.
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My owner's manual (Honda 919) says 36 front and 42 rear. Is this a "follow the owner's manual" thing or is 36/36 better no matter what the owner's manual says? Thanks.
the owners manual suggestion is if you have the OEM tires on there. diffrent brands and diffrent riding styles rquire different psi. my guess is that the 36/36 combo is a average of all street tire psi.
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I had the same thing happen to me two days ago.. after work I had to jump on and go for a spin.. first corner and my tire slipped! I was like wtf that was to close.. just another thing learned luckily w/ out wiping out.
and i guess is more dangerous when tires are new

need to go slow first hundred miles or so
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This seems to be a growing issue lately. Everybody needs to realize what time of year it is and how the weather is going to affect road conditions and your own equipment. Take it easy on the throttle. This is a great time to work on throttle control. Hold it gently like it was breakable, don't wrap your hand way over the top of it and ease into it. Get a feel for what your bike does with less traction because this is the skill that will make or break you when you have the bike on a full lean.
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42 is for when you have big girls on the back.

+1 , 42 is with the passenger
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Moody is right on the money. Its all about throttle control. You gotta take it easy at first. You just cant whack it right off a corner..
Just curious, was it the front or the back that slid on you.
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