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Old 04-05-2014, 10:00 AM   #1
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.. Thread envy aka chicken strips

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.. Thread envy aka chicken strips

Riders know that tires with the sides nicely scrubbed in, rather than worn flat in the middle, are evidence of…what, exactly? More experience? More adventure? More fun? Rear tires ridden right out to the edges, with that well-worked, textured pattern etched into the rubber from deep leaning and hard acceleration, garner secret admiring glances and plainly communicate one thing—this rider has some brass.

Freud might have called this condition "tread envy."While I'm not partial to the term*"chicken strips,"*it is evocative: no one wants to show up sporting chicken strips, and those who have eaten theirs away often exude a rooster's pride. Riders with the chicken-strip stigma all have similar questions: How do you know when the rear tire will slide out? What are the signals? They just want something to crow about, some physical evidence that they, too, are having more fun.Aside from bragging rights, achieving a feel for accurately gauging lean angle and traction is a critical safety point.

If a cornering situation demands more lean angle than you can safely deliver, you become road bait. Alternatives include running off the road or into oncoming traffic, or in-corner braking, which can work with practice but takes time and tends to be a panic-reaction, increasing the possibility of crashing. The ability to use all the available lean angle expands your options.Answers to the traction question vary according to myriad technical riding skills; in addition, there are mechanical aspects that can be adjusted to help improve your read on lean and traction.

One tip is to soften the suspension, especially at the rear, so you aren't feeling every distracting bump and ripple in the pavement. That feedback alone can make a rider wary of approaching traction—and lean—limits. A plush 30–40mm of sag when you are seated on the bike is a good place to start.Using "track" tire pressure settings can improve traction feedback, too—tires sometimes transmit better grip signals at lower pressures. I've seen good results running popular sport tires between 28–32 psi (cold). Be aware that lower pressures might not be suitable for high speeds, and always check with the tire manufacturer to find what is the usable range for your tires and conditions.Keeping a light grip on the bars is essential, too.

Gripping the tank with your legs stabilizes your lower body, so you can relax your torso, shoulders, and arms. The ground looks further away in a full upright position, so stay as low on the bike as possible. Pointing your chin where you want the bike to go works better than tilting your head to level the horizon. Most humans can tilt their heads up to 35 degrees, but you'll have to lean farther than that to scrub off chicken strips.If you can't trust your sense of speed, you won't trust your sense of lean. Learn to gauge your entry speed as a pro would, by feel, not by looking at the speedo. As your sense of speed improves, so will your confidence in leaning over. Focus on achieving a progressive—not aggressive—throttle roll-on through the corners, in order to maximize traction and bike stability. Then work on cornering grip, not drive grip.

No heroics: Save the hard exit drives for later.Naturally, practicing these techniques at a racetrack is best. If you only ride on the road, choose corners you are familiar with. The smoother the better; the tighter the better too, because it keeps speeds to a minimum. On many tight, twisty sections of road you can achieve strip-erasing lean angles without exceeding the posted speed limit.Many riders have no idea how far they are actually leaning over; they feel perilously close to maximum lean when they aren't. Here's a simple solution and a way to chart your progress: Mark a couple thin chalk lines along the edge of your strips, next to the scuffed rubber. When these disappear, chalk again. You are progressing toward becoming a rooster—and an overall safer rider

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Cool story bro.. now go ride and get rid of those 1/2 in chicken strips!
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And while scrubbing in your tires, take care not to abuse to the point of overheating them..
Or they turn pretty colors...
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Cool story bro.. now go ride and get rid of those 1/2 in chicken strips!
Lol... picture of the left side shows it better.. the right side did get leaned all the way. That's a 200/55 and it was a street ride. I only have 450 miles on the bike from which it's only done half on the backroads.. but that was not the point of the thread my friend.
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FYI that "Pirelli" raised lettering will disappear once you lean it "all the way over"

Practice, practice...
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FYI that "Pirelli" raised lettering will disappear once you lean it "all the way over"

Practice, practice...
You're not lying. Thats why I highlighted the statement in which is suggested practice at the track. I need to get some more seat time, I had not been on a bike for over a year and this is my 1st aprilia which feels totally different coming from an Hp4 or R juan.
I hope I can do some track this year, unfortunately work keeps taking my weekends away.
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That and learn the bible of "late apex" where you turn harder at lower speeds.. best part of riding a bike is the corners.

Wish I wasn't built like a grownup or I would have one of the RSVR's.
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That is one ugly fender eliminater kit. You need to do something about that. Makes the tail section look like .
True I do feel the same way about it.. however what it had brand new was worst
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That and learn the bible of "late apex" where you turn harder at lower speeds.. best part of riding a bike is the corners.

Wish I wasn't built like a grownup or I would have one of the RSVR's.
You should have seen his reaction when I sat on his bike, my boots flat on the ground and my knees bent
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You should have seen his reaction when I sat on his bike, my boots flat on the ground and my knees bent
Wth you takin' bout mister!? You can stand up both feet flat on the ground while your bike sits on a rear stand... pft
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Twas a good read with good tips. I no longer worry about chicken strips because I don't back road much here. In the hill country? Had to switch to harder compound because your gets eaten up in about a thousand miles if you have fun every weekend. Now I mainly commute, with a few weekend rides here and there, but those are getting fewer and fewer as time passes, plus I have no desire to drag knee in Houston, or surrounding areas.
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For some of us the sense of responsibility outweighs the sense of fun. Some of us get the opportunity to be out so seldom that everychance to get that bit of adrenaline run it's a chance of random enjoyment while still doing it safely.
Some of us would do track way more but timing is not there and others..
We all ride, and I thought this article was a cool read given the last paragraph and recommendations.
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Wth you takin' bout mister!? You can stand up both feet flat on the ground while your bike sits on a rear stand... pft
You forgot to add "bare footed".
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Pretty sure his comment was more about you than your bike
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retty sure his comment was more about you than your bike
Right I'm not grown up..
You really like steerring the pot..
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Right I'm not grown up..
You really like steerring the pot..
1. texlurch is tall
2. It's stirring, master stirrer
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Where can I buy a needle so I can sew more "thread" on my tires?
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Where can I buy a needle so I can sew more "thread" on my tires?
Darn spell checker..
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Darn spell checker..
Yeah, it turned thraed into thread
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